Christmas

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

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It’s that time of year again… when you allow yourself to bake with real butter… and lots of it! At first I was planning to make this recipe with margarine (since that’s what I had), but my mom adamantly informed me that shortbread is made with REAL BUTTER, and anything less is sacrilege. It’s Christmas after all, right? But what if I would rather not gain ten pounds over the holidays? Apparently buttlerless shortbread cookies are not an option. And I’m not sure that eating less of them is an option either… these things seem to call your name from the freezer. Read More »

Gluten Free Spiced Apple Cakes

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When I heard that Gluten Free Works were encouraging bloggers to contribute recipes for Halloween/Fall it set me to thinking about some apples that I needed to use up.  They had been given to me by a fellow gluten free friend on a recent visit and I wanted to do something with them other than make crumble.

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The best kind of gift

 

I have an apple cake recipe that I always use but I wanted to try making smaller cakes, spiced with the flavours that invoke thoughts of Christmas/Thanksgiving and the warm flavours that we love to wrap ourselves in as the weather turns colder.

I have only recently discovered that my pressure cooker is the best thing to use when Read More »

Gluten-free and Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

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I loved the idea of gifting my homemade cake stands to friends and families for the holidays. (Thanks everyone!)

Thing is – you can’t really give a cake stand to someone without having treats on it, especially if they know that you love to bake.

So I tried to figure out what seasonal recipe I could make for the stands that I could prepare ahead of time, freeze, would appeal to everyone I know (gluten-free, vegan, egg allergies, potato allergies etc), and will stay on the stand with little concern of things breaking.

Tall order, right? Read More »

Gluten-Free Beers and Ciders for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! Celebrations all around, and parties abound, but regardless of your reason to have a gathering, if you or one of your party guests is gluten free, make sure you have plenty of beverages available that are not only safe to drink, but are as delicious as the rest of your drink options.

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Great Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Here are 21 gift ideas for gluten-free cooks including useful and unusual kitchen gadgets, fun gifts for gluten-free kids in the kitchen, high-quality gluten-free ingredients and new gluten-free cookbooks for the cookbook addicts on your list. And all gift ideas cost less than $20!

Kitchen Gadgets for Gluten-Free Cooks

1. Nylon Spreader Spatula Set from King Arthur
I use my nylon spatulas every day. This versatile, inexpensive spatula set is perfect for shaping gluten-free bread batter into smooth loaves. New Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread Recipe

2. High Quality Pizza Pan for Gluten-Free Pizzas
Make thin and crispy pizza with this heavy duty pizza pan. Recipe for Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza

3. Holiday Pancake Molds
Gluten-free kids love eating reindeer, snowman and elf shaped pancakes during the holidays. Recipe for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

4. Mini Pocket Pie Molds
Be sure to watch the video at the Williams-Sonoma link. These little pocket pies Read More »

Keeping Holidays Healthy & Gluten-Free

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the next few weeks are likely to be filled with many treats of the food and drink variety.  Following the gluten-free diet can be helpful in avoiding some of those treats; don’t view having to avoid these gluten-filled treats as a bad thing – view it as avoiding excess calories and fat and treat yourself to something that is gluten-free and worth a small indulgence.  Those small indulgences can be a glass of red wine with dinner, a small serving of dark chocolate or even something non-food related like a new workout top, a book that has been on your “must read” list or some new tunes for your workout playlist.

If Holiday treats are unavoidable, try to practice smart portion control and Read More »

Surviving the Holidays Gluten-Free

 

 

It’s a season of love, joy, peace. . . and stress? For those us with restricted diets, the holidays can be a struggle, especially when we are sharing meals with those who don’t adhere to the same eating style as we do.    So how do we survive the holidays without sacrificing good times or our well-being?

It’s sad, but true, that many people who follow a specific diet (out of need or choice) opt to “check out” of holiday gatherings. Relationships are of such central importance in our lives, however, that we really shouldn’t let our dietary choices limit our interactions with others.  I’m happy to share that our family has successfully hosted holiday meals in our home for years and we’ve attended family gatherings and Read More »

Tweaking Tradition: Holidays

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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. Read More »

Two New FREE Holiday Cookbooks from Beyond Celiac

Beyond Celiac is the new name of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Last year, we told you about Beyond Celiac’s three FREE cookbooks to help you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Now, Beyond Celiac has two more free cookbooks to help you have a wonderful Holiday season. Whether it’s your first gluten-free holiday season, or if you’ve been doing this for years, you’ll find helpful information here.

The key to staying gluten-free during the holidays is to be prepared. Get gluten-free recipes for all of your holiday needs!

Just click the images to open each cookbook pdf. Then, save them to your computer, table or smartphone!

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Vegan Eggnog Coffee Creamer + Light Dairy-free Eggnog Recipes

Vegan Eggnog Coffee Creamer + Light Dairy-free Eggnog #vegan #paleo #christmas

Two Eggnog recipes. The first, a Vegan Eggnog Coffee (or tea) Creamer that will transform a boring cup of coffee into a healthy eggnog latte. The second, a Light, Dairy-free Eggnog recipe made with dairy-free milk, ground spices and a touch of coconut sugar.

If you really knew me you’d know…

I brew a pot of tea every morning before I do anything else.

I am obsessed with Christmas music. It blasts from every area of my home, car and iPod from November 1 to Read More »

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