Gluten-Free Basics

Please Welcome My New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Multi-Purpose Flour + Mixes!

It’s been quite a journey. It’s hard to believe it’s already been seven years since my son Isaiah, now 17, was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance. I remember his words when the doctor gave him the news as if it were yesterday. “Mommy, what am I going to eat?” Honestly, those words still echo in my mind. The fear we both shared in not knowing what was going to happen next.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing

Before I ever even came close to conquering yeasted cinnamon buns, I made these pancakes to satisfy that craving. They actually resemble cinnamon buns, too, down to their cinnamon swirl and sugary icing. My family and I have always been fans of Bisquick, but after trying the gluten-free version from the supermarket, we weren’t convinced that it was a perfect substitute. So I studied the ingredients on the original mix and replicated its taste and texture.

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COMING SOON: My Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Flour Blend Company!

I’m opening the ultimate gluten-free, dairy-free flour blend company called Cooking for Isaiah™ (named after my gorgeous son who started us all on this delicious adventure)—and I need your help! Vote for your favorite packaging—and you’ll be entered to win a $10 COUPON on your 1st purchase!

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Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe Roundup!

Out of all the recipe requests I receive every day—both from my kids and all of you—pancakes always make it to #1 on the Most Wanted Recipe List. Here are some pancake recipes I’ve developed around the web to get you started…

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Holiday Cookie Party!

The kids start holiday break this Friday, which gives me exactly five days to do all of my baking for the festivities (and of course, Santa). The past few months have been a whirlwind, both personally and professionally, so this year I’ve rounded up my favorite cookie recipes for easy one-stop baking.

I wish you and your family a wonderful, cookie-filled holiday!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I needed some comfort this week. Something I can always count on a chocolate chip cookie for. Thinking back when Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances almost six years ago now, I remember wondering if he’d ever bite into another cookie again. As dramatic as it may seem, I couldn’t live with that thought.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Focaccia

You know what it’s like to not be able to have bread or pizza or focaccia. My family does, too. For the past five years, I’ve been trying off-and-on to replicate the chew, the bounce and the bend that occurs naturally in a gluten-full bread. I’ve made batches and batches of doughs—all failures. But, those failures have led me to the biggest bread success I’ve ever had. And I’m happy to share it with you.

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Silvana’s Gluten-Free Pie Tutorial

Gluten-free pie on your menu? From start to finish, I break down everything you need to know—from how to build your pie pantry, how to measure flour, how to make and roll out pastry dough and how to make a cookie crust and a grain-free, nut crust. Gluten-free or not, baking is a science and ingredients are part of the formula. Pick the right ingredients for the job, and you can let them do all the work for you. Through trial and error, you’ll learn that some ingredients perform better than others.

To succeed in baking, there are five tips you need to arm yourself with:
1. You will gain kitchen confidence through constant practice and meditation over the baking process and outcome.
2. Like any other relationship, you want to get to know your ingredients by spending time with them.
3. Use as little gluten-free flour in a recipe as possible.
4. If you replace any ingredient in a recipe (for dietary or medical reasons, or personal preference), there will be a noticeable difference in taste, texture and appearance.
5. Be light-handed. You need to be almost weightless in your handling of the dough or batter. Heavy-handedness results in dense baked goods.

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Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

Print Yum Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: About 4 pounds This recipe is reprinted with permission from Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone (Reader’s Digest, 2010)Ingredients6 cups (870 grams) white rice flour 3 cups (375 grams) tapioca flour 1½ cups (246 grams) potato starch 2 tablespoons (17 grams) xanthan gum…

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Gluten-Free Spinach Gnocchi Parm

Did I tell you I was half Italian? This dish may just earn me a “100% Italian” T-shirt. Or, at the least, score me some points with my Roman father. read more…

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Isaiah’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread


It’s such a loaded word in my house and in my family’s lives, and it has so many definitions: Comfort, Happiness, What I Used to Eat, What I Can’t Eat Anymore…

When Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance, this is the first food he lost that really mattered. And it was one of the first foods I tried to replicate. I had successfully made other types of bread-like doughs: rolls, waffle bread, pizza, baguettes. But never a loaf of sandwich bread, which is what Isaiah wanted—and needed—for school lunch. After many failures, I had given up…until now.

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