Laura Hanley

Easy Gluten-Free Peppermint Bark Recipe

December 27th, 2012 by Laura Hanley


I may have. just discovered the BEST or the WORST thing ever.

Did you know peppermint bark is one of the easiest things to make? Why didn’t I ever know this? I thought the fact that you had to melt then cool…then melt…then crack and sprinkle toppings on, meant that I would be running around screaming What’s the next step?! before the chocolate hardened, like it was some type of rocket science.

Turns out I was totally wrong.

This recipe, given to me by Kathleen over at Celiac Baby, is one of the easiest things to make. It looks pretty fancy too, if I must say. I hope you like candy canes and chocolate, because it’s.about.to.go.down.


Tweaking Tradition: Holidays

December 24th, 2012 by CC Bonaduce

gluten free holidays

It is that time of year again! We have shining lights on all the streets, the fire light of Menorahs shimmering through windows and stars twinkling atop 6-foot tall trees.  The winter holidays are by far my favorite despite the accompanied stress they tend to bring.  Personally, I love when the whole family gets together for the holidays. We don’t have any of the often satirized family drama you see on TV and in the movies about family gatherings during the holidays.  The holidays usually bring around a different type of stress for me: how to avoid gluten during all of the holiday dinner parties.  This year, however, this won’t be an issue because my family has figured out how we can tweak our Italian traditions to be totally gluten free.

Laura Hanley

Don’t Be a Gluten-Free Grinch…Be Like the Who’s!

December 20th, 2012 by Laura Hanley

"And he himself carved the roast beef"

Although none of us live in a microscopic, snowflake world, we can all learn a little something from the Who’s of Who-ville. You know, the characters of that one movie about that green guy that steals everyone’s gifts with the help of his adorable dog, Max.

I know you’ve read the book, or have seen the movie (and if you haven’t, you can probably catch it on TV sometime in the next couple of days). The Who’s of Who-ville LOVE Christmas, with their singing, decorating, and all-around holiday spirit. Then of course there’s The Grinch, a

Honey Spritz Cookies

December 20th, 2012 by Candice Rose Clifford

(Taken from Food Network and Adapted)

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour ( I used Jules Gluten Free) 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt (Omit if you use Earth Balance Butter Sticks) 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used Earth Balance) 1/3 cup evaporated cane juice 1 large egg 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Make Sure GF)

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December 7, 2012: Port Charlotte, Florida. Gluten Free Works Inc. announced the launch of its newest online publication, Celiac Disease Today.

In our ongoing efforts to help people get well and stay healthy, living gluten free, Gluten Free Works is proud to distribute the first issue of Celiac Disease Today, a special new monthly e-newsletter for gluten-free support group leaders. 

As the name suggests, Celiac Disease Today focuses on the health and wellness aspects of celiac disease, complete with accurate and up-to-date information regarding symptoms, research, diagnosis and

Amy Fothergill

Santa Hat Cupcakes

December 19th, 2012 by Amy Fothergill

gluten free Christmas cupcakes

Santa Hat Cupcakes courtesy of Lauryn Cohen

I know you might think I'm clever, but really, I'm not. Full credit goes to Lauryn Cohen, aka Bella Baker, who came up with this cute concept. Lauren is the queen of sweet and is known for her uniquely creative treats and crafts. She recently launched a holiday baking guide (entitled Sweet Gifts Holiday Baking and Crafting Guide- available nationwide) filled with innovative and delicious recipes for the holidays.

Lauryn was nice enough to share one of her creations with The Family Chef. In this recipe, she calls for a red velvet cupcake (you will find a gluten-free, no-dye recipe in my upcoming cookbook). You can always use a basic vanilla (gluten-free).

Here is her technique for making super cute holiday cupcakes for your friends or family.

Laura Hanley

How the Gluten-Free Diet is like a Zombie Apocalypse

December 18th, 2012 by Laura Hanley

Going gluten-free is a battle. A battle of the many emotions involved with learning an entire new way of eating. The battlefield is similar to the one that Rick, Carl, Maggie, Daryl and the others face on every episode of The Walking Dead. How do the two journeys relate? Well, let me explain…

1. What the ______?

When Rick woke up in the hospital he had no idea what was going on. Where was his family? Were they infected with this new ‘disease’? What just happened to life as he knew it? These feelings are similar to the ones someone experiences when diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. They are confused about their new condition. How did this happen to them?

2. Stay Away!!

On The Walking Dead, the group did not know exactly what the zombies were or how they got that way, but

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FrannyCakes: Nut Bon-Bon Cookies Recipe

December 17th, 2012 by Candice Rose Clifford

gluten free nut bon bon cookiesLast April I attended the Nourished conference. This was an amazing experience for me and I am still thankful I had the opportunity to attend. Because I had school, my parents and I flew into Chicago the day of the conference and arrived at the “nick of time.” 

I quickly grabbed my badge, and walked into the first session room I saw. At the time I had no idea there were multiple sessions going on, but as a new blogger this session was perfect for me. The session was taught by Mary Fran Wiley of FrannyCakes and was all about Blogging 101. This was probably the one session that stuck with me the most, and was essentially what inspired me to

Trish Deitemeyer

Gluten-free Shoe Fly Pie Recipe

December 14th, 2012 by Trish Deitemeyer

gluten free shoe fly pie

Shoe Fly Pie. Photo: Bird-In-Hand Bakery, Bird-In-Hand.com

Just 70-some miles west of Philadelphia is Lancaster, home of outlets, Franklin and Marshall College, the Amish and Shoe Fly Pie. Sadly, it's impossible to find gluten-free pies there, but never fear...just make your own!

Ingredients Piecrust: • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix* • 1 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup shortening