19 Feb 2013

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.

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I discovered Goldbaum’s pasta this past Saturday night. On our way home from the theater, my husband and I were both hungry and realized that we never ate dinner. Now it would not be a crime for us to miss a meal, both of us not at our thinnest, but we were hungry and it still was reasonably early.

After spending a fortune for the tickets, I did not feel like spending a lot on dinner and suggested we eat home. So, what would be quick and easy? Pasta was the obvious choice but I didn’t have any in the house. I did just order from Fresh Direct but they do not have any pure brown rice choices at reasonable prices. Lucky for us, the market across the street is open 24 hours.

Westside Market is not your typical 24-hour deli; it is a full service grocery and has a good selection of gluten-free pastas. I have my favorites and they carry both, but it irks me that they charge 30% more than the health food store that is one block away. But, was 10:00 PM and they did have everything I needed, so it was worth paying a premium.

Stuck between my two favorite brands were these clear bags with designs of green blades of grass labeled, “All Natural Brown Rice Pasta, Gluten Free” by a company named Goldbaum’s. The packaging was not that appealing but the price was and I was compelled to read the ingredients.

Packaging Could Do With A Makeover

This bag of Fusilli was made with brown rice, rice bran and water and cost $2.99 for 16 ounces as compared with $4.49 and $5.29 for my usual choices. It was a no brainer to choose the Goldbaum’s and give it the taste test it deserved.

I have to tell you that this is one damn good pasta choice. Without sauce, it had a great texture and clean flavor and it held up to a hearty tomato sauce, maintaining it’s firm consistency. There was left over plain pasta and I coated it with olive oil and saved it for later use. The next day I prepared a simple fresh cherry tomato sauce and added the pasta, and it tasted great.

I strongly recommend this pasta. No one will ever suspect that it is gluten-free. Goldbaum’s is a relatively new gluten-free company that is manufactured in a gluten-free, nut free and soy free facility. The products also are certified kosher. It’s distribution is still limited but it can be ordered on-line at the company’s website.

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