Cooking gluten-free and dairy-free is easy—and tastes better than you'd ever expect.

Category: Spring

Crispy Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Fish Nuggets with Caper-Lemon Tartar Sauce

Crispy Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Fish Nuggets with Caper-Lemon Tartar Sauce

No more frozen fish sticks necessary! How do I do fish Fridays? I swap chicken nuggets for fish nuggets—and add a lemony tartar sauce for dipping. These cook up in just four minutes, which means you’ll have plenty of time to unwind at week’s end. […]

One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice

One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice

Who doesn’t love a good chicken Parmesan—and easy cleanup? Heck, yeah! This casserole version is healthier than the old-school version but still delivers a serious serving of hominess. To me, that’s a perfect Friday night right there… Print One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice Servings 4 Ingredients […]

Chocolate-Frosted Double Vanilla Cupcakes

Chocolate-Frosted Double Vanilla Cupcakes

I developed this recipe for Food & Wine magazine. It’s a light and airy golden cupcake flavored with both vanilla bean and vanilla extract. The easy chocolate frosting makes it all come together irresistibly! Print Chocolate-Frosted Double Vanilla Cupcakes Servings 12 Ingredients For the cupcakes: […]

Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cones

Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cones

One of the most tear-jerking, heart-warming emails I ever received from a reader was from a mom who described in detail how her 8-year-old daughter didn’t know what it was like to eat ice cream on a cone—until flipping through my first book, Cooking for […]

S’mores Pancakes with Marshmallow Sauce

S’mores Pancakes with Marshmallow Sauce

I have a small s’mores addiction—one that my family freely shares. I can pretty much turn any sweet recipe into a s’mores version. No apologies. Before I even wake up in the morning, I’m thinking of breakfast, especially on the weekends. Fluffy pancakes? Oh, yeah! […]

Perfect Pizza Crust

Perfect Pizza Crust

I don’t use the word “perfect” much—but there’s just something about this pizza crust that makes me really happy. There’s no need to bloom the yeast or let the dough rise for hours before baking the crusts. You can freeze the baked pizza crusts for […]

Hot Fudge Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Hot Fudge Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sundae Cake

For this decadent, old-fashioned ice cream cake, layers of pound cake get sandwiched with vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce and hot fudge. To simplify this recipe, go ahead and use store-bought gluten-free pound cake. Please come say “hi”  and let me know what you think […]

Corn-Blueberry Swirl Muffins

Corn-Blueberry Swirl Muffins

I cook down fresh blueberries to a compote, swirl them into sweet corn muffin batter and generously sprinkle over lemon sugar for an extra crunchy muffin top. Please come say “hi”  and let me know what you think about this recipe over in my online community, Silvana’s Kitchen. […]

Frosted Brownie Cookies

Frosted Brownie Cookies

Frosted. Brownie. Cookies. Did I mention they’re fudgy, chocolaty and oversized? Yup, they’re perfect. Please come say “hi”  and let me know what you think about this recipe over in my online community, Silvana’s Kitchen. Thanks, as always, for reading and sharing! For ingredient substitutions, please see the […]

Lemon-Poppy Seed Buttermilk Pancakes

Lemon-Poppy Seed Buttermilk Pancakes

This recipe originally appeared in Food & Wine magazine, where a food editor declared, “These light and fluffy pancakes should be called awesomecakes (that just happen to be gluten-free).” My. Job. Is. Done. Please come say “hi”  and let me know what you think about […]

Dunked Dulce de Leche Doughnuts

Dunked Dulce de Leche Doughnuts

You know I have a weakness for doughnuts. The proof is in the, well, doughnuts. Be it the one that started my addiction—Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting—or the next ones that kept fueling my doughnut fires: Spiced Powdered Doughnuts, Red Velvet Doughnuts, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Doughnuts, […]

Chicken-n-Waffles Casserole

Chicken-n-Waffles Casserole

Weeknight meals may be a challenge for us parents to get on the table, but it’s one of the most important family-building moments of each day—and that makes it worth the effort. For those crazy busy evenings, I like to have dinner in my back […]

Caramelized Red Onion, Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

Caramelized Red Onion, Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

This loaf cake is no joke. I wasn’t always a lover of savory loaf cakes since given the choice, I’d take sweet over salty every time. Things changed when I started playing around with decadent, flavor-packed ingredients, like caramelized onions, apples, bacon and gorgonzola. Oh, […]

Cinnamon Sugar Apple “Noodle” Kugel


Cinnamon Sugar Apple “Noodle” Kugel


Growing up with a Jewish mother and Roman Catholic father meant that I celebrated Easter—and Passover. When it came to developing a gluten-free noodle kugel, a traditional sweet baked pudding made with egg noodles, I decided to swap in a noodles of an entirely different […]

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

I may not be a Southerner, but I am a pie lover—especially cream pies. I also haven’t met a banana cream pie I don’t like. My take on this classic involves a healthy dollop of dulce de leche—caramelized milk—which takes this cream pie to a […]

Nacho Chili Pie

Nacho Chili Pie

Years ago, I had my first plastic spoonful of traditional Frito pie served right in a chip bag in a hole-in-the-wall joint in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The salty, spicy layers of chips, seasoned ground beef, cooked beans and melty cheese was something I always […]

Penny’s Apple–Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

Penny’s Apple–Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

Growing up all over the world, one thing was constant—my Mom Penny’s apple coffee cake. It was one of her standard rotating treats, along with chocolate chip cookies and crostata, an Italian jam tart. My brother Bernardo and I used to fight for the last […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Iced Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Iced Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Do you remember Archway cookies? They were one of my childhood favorites that I wanted to share with my kids. So when Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance, I spent hours in the kitchen playing around with ingredients to get that signature […]

Spicy Chipotle Shrimp with Jalapeno Green Rice

Spicy Chipotle Shrimp with Jalapeno Green Rice

Next time you feel a cold coming on, reach for your spice cabinet and your fridge’s produce drawer to rev up your immune system. With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sometimes even antibacterial qualities, spices have long been prized for their medicinal qualities. From breakfast to dinner, […]

OG Morning Glory Muffins

OG Morning Glory Muffins

This recipe is a throwback to the days when muffins were actually good for you. You know how much I love my sweets, but these days most muffins you find at your local bakery, supermarket or even in your own recipe box could be labeled […]

Triple-Berry Cereal Bars

Triple-Berry Cereal Bars

Grab one of these snack bars for your next on-the-go breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. Do you want to know the best thing about making your own snack bars? You know exactly what ingredients you put in them. You also know just how healthy you can […]

Crispy Shrimp and Pork Potstickers with Chili-Soy Dipping Sauce

Crispy Shrimp and Pork Potstickers with Chili-Soy Dipping Sauce

Back when Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance more than 10 years ago, people didn’t even know what “gluten” was. Do you remember the era of the crumble-into-a-million-pieces, dry-as-sandpaper gluten-free bread? Okay, so what does that have to do with potstickers? Oh, that’s right, […]

Cranberry–Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

Cranberry–Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

I’ll be celebrating the unsung hero of cakes—The Loaf Cake—with recipes on my blog all week long. Sure, loaf cakes don’t exactly deliver the glory of a beautifully-decorated, three-layer cake or even the cuteness of a cupcake. In my kitchen, they’re my low-maintenance cake loves. Let me explain: You stir the ingredients […]

No-Bake Paleo Fruit Pie Minis

No-Bake Paleo Fruit Pie Minis

Check out my perfect-for-summer pies—NO-BAKE FRUIT PIE MINIS, my latest recipe for the Food Network’s HEALTHY EATS BLOG. I’ve traded in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based pie shell and filled them with a dollop of my DIY Foolproof Lemon Curd—all gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free optional, refined sugar free and Paleo!

Gluten-Free Banana Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Gluten-Free Banana Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Cheesecake used to intimidate me. So many baking rules—and so many cheesecake flavors to choose from! I had a few ripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter and instead of making the usual banana bread, I decided to try something new and go beyond my comfort zone. The result? This incredibly decadent, light and airy cheesecake. It’s super fancy-looking with its decorative design of dulce de leche, but don’t let that intimidate you—it’s really easy to make!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips

During the long, cold winter months, my kids know all too well that I could happily subsist on soup alone. I find it both comforting and nourishing. Even better, it’s an easy going dish—or meal, if you’re me. I love that soup doesn’t have to be complicated, allows for improvisation and if we were to boil soup down to its very essence, it really is whatever you make of it. That’s true for so many choices we consciously make in life—both in and out of the kitchen.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Bacon and Toasted Hazelnuts

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Bacon and Toasted Hazelnuts

I made this quinoa recipe earlier this year when I was whisked away on a beautiful escape to Italy. One requirement of the trip: I was to bring snacks and dinner for our airplane ride. Mission accomplished. I’d say I got the deal of a lifetime…Im truly one lucky girl!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Penny’s Easy Roasted Peppers

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Penny’s Easy Roasted Peppers

I owe everything I know about cooking and all of my kitchen curiosity to my mom, Penny, and my grandfather, or Nonno as I used to call him. Growing up, the day’s events were always focused around mealtime—from talking, shopping, prepping and cooking—food was by far the means to happiness. This is common in Italy, where I was lucky enough to spend every other summer with my Neapolitan grandfather.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate-Dipped Coconut-Almond Bars

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate-Dipped Coconut-Almond Bars

I am a self-confessed snacker. Some may even call me an all-day grazer. Ever since I first laid my eyes on a KIND bar at Starbucks, it became my afternoon addiction along with coffee. Eventually, I ordered them online by the box. I’d toss them in my canvas bag just in case I got hungry on the subway or lying on the grass in the park. My kids gradually caught on, tasted the bars and there we were fighting for the last bar in the 12-count box. That’s when I knew I needed to make them myself.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Meatloaf Sandwiches on Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Bread

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Meatloaf Sandwiches on Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Bread

Back when Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance, bread options were few and not-at-all satisfying. In fact, most of the breads we bought from our local supermarkets and health food stores just crumbled into pieces at first bite. Then, I thought of my waffle iron and how the squares were pretty much the same size as sandwich bread—and a new gluten-free bread was born!

The savory flavor options are endless. For this sandwich, I made a sun-dried tomato waffle bread, but you could keep it plain or add other flavorings like caramelized onions, crisp bacon or even just some Dijon mustard.