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The Martha’s Vineyard Lobster Roll Challenge

One amazing roll + one serious challenge = lots of yummy lobster eating on Martha’s Vineyard!

As we boarded the ferry to escape the city of Boston for a week of play on Martha’s Vineyard, a challenge was set, who could eat the most Lobster Rolls. This is New England and these people are serious about their lobster! This wasn’t just a challenge of who could eat the most, it was also a challenge of who could find the best lobster roll on the Vineyard!

I quickly joined in the challenge as who doesn’t love the simple combination of fresh lobster meat, light mayonnaise and celery tossed into a deliciously toasted hot dog bun.

The Lobster Roll above came from the Seafood Shanty. A local bar serving up lots of fresh seafood and awesome ocean views! While the roll was delicious, it was a little heavy on the mayonnaise for my taste, and come to find out, I prefer my lobster rolls sans the celery!

The next Lobster Roll came from a restaurant in an awesome part of Martha’s Vineyard known as Gay Head Cliffs.

The views there were absolutely picturesque. We picked Aquinnah, a spot right on the cliffs to enjoy another delicious roll with a great view!

This was my favorite lobster roll of the trip and I definitely feel that I deserve the award for finding the best lobster roll on the Vineyard! Served with the traditional side of dill pickles and chips (Cape Cod chips nonetheless!), the meat was cold, tender and flavorful inside of a soft bun, minus the celery, with a little added lettuce.

Although there is only photographic evidence of two of the delicious Lobster Rolls consumed on Martha’s Vineyard, never fear, I was able to take down 4 rolls while on the Vineyard to tie for second place.  My former roommate made me proud by coming in first place with 5 1/2 lobster rolls!

Can’t wait to return to this little island gem for beautiful food and magnificent sunrises!

Gluten Free Italian Garlic Rolls

My family has become accustomed to living the gluten-free lifestyle ever since my brother was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a year ago. This includes our family’s favorite lasagna recipe, now using gluten-free pasta! When it comes to Birthdays in the Bond house, this is pretty much the go-to meal, so for Mom’s Birthday this year I decided to attempt a new addition to the meal, Gluten Free Italian Garlic Rolls.

The rolls did not expand like traditional rolls because of the use of gluten-free flour, but the flavor was great!  I would highly recommend these as a gluten-free alternative to traditional garlic bread!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 (.25 oz) package yeast
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Start by combining the water and yeast.

Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.

In the meantime mix together the garlic, basil, oregano, parsley and garlic salt in a small bowl.

Next, mix the flour and salt into the yeast mixture, then add the eggs and butter until a solid ball forms.

Place in a bowl covered in olive oil cooking spray, then cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise for 45 minutes.

After the dough has almost doubled in size, punch down and add in the garlic herb mixture.

Next, form the dough into 6-8 balls and place in a cast iron skillet. (If you do not have a cast iron skillet, you can place the rolls in a pan or on a baking sheet.)

Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes.

Don’t be scared by the not-so-perfect-looking-texture, that’s just the way gluten-free flour looks in the form of amazing garlic herb rolls 😉

The perfect side dish for any gluten-free Italian meal!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free!