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20 Delicious, Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, December 21, 2012

gluten-free cookies

Gluten-free or not, the holidays are just not the same without a assortment of colorful cookies. So I’ve rounded up recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, who develop recipes I trust. I’ve included my new Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Buttery Cut-Out Cookies with Royal Icing recipe, a feat for me (and my family and friends) considering my royal icing anxiety. (Read my story and get detailed pictures of thick and thin royal icing textures on my blog.)

All of the cookies are gluten-free, and some are also dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free. I hope there’s a cookie in here for just about everyone in your life—especially you.

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Gluten-Free Comfort Food Is Just a Slow Cooker Away

by in Gluten-Free, November 1, 2012

gluten-free slow-cooker recipe
Confession: I had never used a slow cooker until I developed this recipe. Yes, it feels almost un-American to say, but it’s the truth. If you don’t grow up in a home where a slow cooker sits comfortably on the kitchen counter (my mom, Penny, has never owned one in her life), what are the odds that you’d ever switch on a slow cooker? It took me more than two decades of cooking to finally be curious enough to try one and now I can sincerely say, I get it.

The “set-it-and-forget-it” slogan says it all—almost. I guess I was afraid of the always-possible mush factor and I didn’t exactly want shredded chicken. With a bit of trial and error, I realized that sauteing before adding to the slow cooker and timing exactly when I stir in particular ingredients makes a big difference in the finished meal.

What’s your favorite meal to make in your slow cooker?

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Have You Had Your Ice Cream Today?

by in Gluten-Free, August 16, 2012

If you want your ice cream and gluten-free waffle cone too, this is the recipe you’ve been waiting for.

Some days you just need ice cream — on a waffle cone. Get a diagnosis of gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance, and you may think that you’ve taken your last lick. Think again.

By the time Isaiah was diagnosed at age 10, we had our summertime after-school pickup ritual down cold. When it was hot outside, we wanted ice cream, and that’s exactly what we had every night before we sat down to dinner. Nothing was going to change that.

My response was to develop a gluten-free waffle cone recipe, which I ultimately shared — along with dairy-free ice cream — in my first book, Cooking for Isaiah. Letters poured in about the waffle cone from parents whose kids hadn’t enjoyed ice cream on a cone for years.

Now that our routine continues, I’ve decided to make our lives a little healthier with a recipe that fit Isaiah’s flavor palette and my nutritional needs. Let’s start with the cone: I use two of my pantry staples — chia seeds and coconut oil. Generally, I prefer using unflavored coconut oil, but for this recipe, the virgin coconut oil flavor fits right in with the coconut ice cream. Beyond its superfood status, the chia seeds add a nice crunch and help bind the waffle batter.

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Going With Gluten-Free Whole Grains

by in Gluten-Free, July 8, 2012

breakfast casserole
When I transitioned my household to gluten free, a funny thing happened along the way. My gluten-intolerant son, Isaiah, had been the classic white foods eater—pasta, pizza, potatoes, pie. You name it, the only food he would eat on his plate was white and lots of it was bread.

So when he was diagnosed five years ago, it was slim pickings at the supermarket for a white bread substitute. Needless to say we tried them all, but they all fell short of his expectations. Turns out that the answer was easier than I would have ever guessed. He was no longer looking at color, but texture and flavor. I was still feeding into his white foods cravings when he was clearly over them. Slowly, Isaiah’s food choices opened up and to my surprise, he ventured beyond the white and into healthier, whole-grain choices.

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Serve Up Your Next Gluten-Free Dinner by Hitting Your Supermarket’s Breakfast Cereal Aisle

by in Gluten-Free, May 16, 2012
chicken vegetable braciola
Chicken Vegetable Braciola photo by: Stephen Scott Gross

Sometimes, things happen for a reason. This was the case for an unsuspecting box of rice cereal I had ready and waiting in the cupboard for my son Isaiah’s morning breakfast routine. I had been thinking about a gluten-free replacement for breadcrumbs without the prep of toasting gluten-free bread at a low temperature for at least an hour, letting it cool completely and finally grinding it into crumbs in my food processor.

Then it struck me that cereal absorbs liquid just like breadcrumbs. I took the cereal box out of the cupboard, filled a Ziploc bag with rice cereal, took my rolling pin and crushed it into crumbs in just seconds. Even though I can now find gluten-free breadcrumbs at the supermarket, it’s cheaper and faster to still make my own.

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Can Gluten-Free Be Healthy? The Choice Is Yours

by in Gluten-Free, April 28, 2012
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Strawberries-and-Cream Scones

Since my son Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances more than five years ago, I’ve learned to adapt my kitchen—especially for baking. After all, it was just six years ago that I was lifting 50 pounds bags of gluten-full unbleached white pastry flour at my old bakery in Brooklyn.

Now, if you look in my pantry, you’ll see dozens of gluten-free flours like rice flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, sweet rice flour, quinoa flour, mesquite flour, chestnut flour, corn flour, oat flour, coconut flour and, possibly my new all-around favorite, millet flour.

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One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice

by in Gluten-Free, March 21, 2012
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One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice -- photo by Stephen Scott Gross for Easy Eats

If you’re a working parent, you already know that dinner is not the easiest meal to get on the table. Even if you manage to cook up a complete meal, the last thing you want to be left with at the end of the night is a big pile of dishes in the sink.

Through the years, I’ve tried prepping all the ingredients ahead, partially cooking the recipes and making the entire meal and freezing all or half for later. These methods don’t quite fit with my spontaneous cooking personality type.

What cooking personality type are you?

This three-step chicken recipe makes perfect sense to me and it just happens to be gluten free. All I do is brown the chicken to give it some flavor then I layer the ingredients—and flavor—into one pot and the recipe pretty much cooks itself.

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Gluten-Free Spiced Matcha Crunch Truffles

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, February 19, 2012
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Gluten-and-Dairy-Free Matcha Truffles -- Photo by Silvana Nardone

The one thing that matters to me, even after Valentine’s Day is that there is chocolate in the house—really, any kind will do. By nature, chocolate is gluten free. But chocolate treats are often full of dairy—and other added ingredients that aren’t exactly good for you. After a little playing around in the kitchen, I realized that there was no reason to pigeonhole myself in traditional truffle-making technique.

Instead, I relied on the properties of individual ingredients to give me the texture I wanted. In place of heavy cream, which adds silkiness, I used tempered egg yolks to emulsify the chocolate truffle mixture. To hold the truffles together, I swapped coconut oil (I prefer the flavorless kind, but you can use either) for the usual butter.

Then came the fun part: Adding immune-supporting spices and teas, like turmeric root and green tea. In these truffles, which are infinitely adaptable to any flavor combination, there also just happens to be some feel-good, aphrodisiac ingredients, like chocolate and vanilla.

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Gluten-Free Meatball-Kale Subs

by in Gluten-Free, January 25, 2012

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Forget everything you’ve ever learned about how to make a good meatball. There’s absolutely no reason meatballs shouldn’t naturally be gluten-free—and dairy-free. Trust me. Even growing up with a Roman father and Neapolitan grandfather didn’t arm me with enough explanation as to why you have to first soak bread in milk before you could even think of forming a meatball.

Why do meatballs have to be so complicated? When you think of what the soaked bread is technically there to do—give the meatball a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness—there are easier, healthier ways.

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Fast Fridge Fixes: Gluten-Free Apple Cider Applesauce

by in Gluten-Free, November 9, 2011

applesauce
Whether you’re gluten-free or not, everyone appreciates getting in and out of the kitchen fast on a weeknight. This time, I took a hint for my low-maintenance basic recipe from a seasonal fruit that kept staring at me in the market: apples. In less than 20 minutes, I had my fast fridge fix—warm, homemade Apple Cider Applesauce.

Warning: If you’ve never made apple sauce yourself, I caution you that you may never go back to the jarred stuff. My kids and I ate most of the applesauce straight from the pot for that night’s dessert.

Then, throughout the week, I was ready to get dinner done fast with my easy mix-in mains, like Pork ’n’ Applesauce Hash Brown Waffles or Caramelized Butternut Squash-Apple Soup With Bacon Croutons.

Apple Cider Applesauce
If you can’t find Honey Crisp apples, McIntosh or Granny Smith works great, too.

Makes: about 4 cups

3 pounds apples, preferably Honey Crisp (about 6 apples)—peeled, quartered and cored
1½ cups apple cider, pear cider or water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
Pinch salt

In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cider, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 18 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, break up the apples until chunky.

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