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Category: Gluten-Free Basics

Silvana’s Gluten-Free Pie Tutorial

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe Roundup!

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…

Ali Segersten’s Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Ali Segersten’s Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 7: Now, I’d like to introduce Ali Segersten and her book, Healthy Holiday Grain-Free Treats and Raw Desserts!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Holiday Cookie Party!

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!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

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

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.

Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

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 […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

As if I needed a reason to make gluten-free pie… Come celebrate Pie Party 2012 with me and my pie! read more…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeño Popper Waffles

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeño Popper Waffles

Like jalapeño poppers? Then you’ll love these waffles with their subtle heat from the jalapeños and melty pockets of cheese.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Sticky Bun Waffles with Toasted Pecan Brown Sugar Syrup

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Sticky Bun Waffles with Toasted Pecan Brown Sugar Syrup

These gluten-free, dairy-free optional waffles will have your whole family licking its fingers. read more…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Potpie

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Potpie

Remember Stouffer’s turkey tetrazzini? This is my homemade, hands-down favorite version you’ll make over and over again. read more…

Chiara’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Chiara’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Happy birthday to my sweet sunshine, Chiara! read more…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Baguettes

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Baguettes

These baguettes are the answer to your gluten-free bread dreams—crusty and full of flavor. read more…

Gluten-Free Lemon-Poppy Seed Pasta with Tomato, Corn and Basil

Gluten-Free Lemon-Poppy Seed Pasta with Tomato, Corn and Basil

If you’re looking for classic Italian handmade pasta with a twist, look no further than this gluten-free recipe. read more…

Gluten-Free Spinach Gnocchi Parm

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…

Isaiah’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Isaiah’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

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.

Gluten-Free Blueberry-Buttermilk Corn Griddle Cakes

Gluten-Free Blueberry-Buttermilk Corn Griddle Cakes

Wake up to these easy, savory-sweet buttermilk pancakes. Your family will thank you. read more…

Gluten-Free Sticky Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing

Gluten-Free Sticky Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing

Join me, along with my fellow bloggers of The Gluten-Free Ratio Rally, in making pancakes, ratio-style. read more…