Grilled Shrimp with Summer Guacamole

What does summer mean to you? To me, besides beaches and backyard barbecues, summer means visiting local farms early Saturday mornings to see the week’s harvest. Summer is peak growing season and that usually means more fruits and vegetables than I know what to do with. Everything I make or bake, I look to incorporate ingredients I’ve…

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Gluten-Free Summer Fruit Tart

I know. It’s summer. It’s hot outside, but somehow I still can’t help turning on my oven. Maybe it’s old habit from having owned a bakery in NYC, where the summer humidity brought me and my bakers to our knees—even with glasses upon glasses of water and commercial fans spinning on high. Or maybe it’s that the summer crop endlessly inspires…

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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!

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Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Chicken

I didn’t grow up in a household famous for its perfectly crisp fried chicken, made from a great great grandmother’s recipe passed down from generation to generation. My reality of fried chicken was years stalled by a fear of frying and worse even—greasy, soggy chicken. This recipe for crispy fried chicken was my reawakening. It was born out of necessity as most things this delicious do. When Isaiah was diagnosed with his gluten and dairy intolerances, fried chicken was off the menu—literally—since we’d often get our fill of fried chicken, a popular menu item at Brooklyn restaurants, only when we dined out.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Coconut Pudding

WHO: Alejandra Ramos, Always Order Dessert.
BOOK: The Puerto Rican Christmas Table: 40+ Classic Holiday Recipes Restyled for Modern Kitchens
RECIPE: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tembleque (Coconut Pudding)

To enter for your chance to win, just share a favorite holiday memory in the comments.*

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Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

My friends Peter and Kelli Bronski of the popular blog, No Gluten, No Problem, have just released their new cookbook, Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day—a great collection of easy, foolproof recipes for those of us who would like to get dinner (and maybe even dessert!) on the table as often as possible.

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Kelly Brozyna’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Fried Banana Ice Cream

Dairy-free ice cream can be a challenge—whether you’re make a batch at home or even picking up a pint at your local supermarket. I don’t know if you’ve tried all those store-bought, dairy-free ones, but they can be really icy, which is disappointing for the gelato lover in me (I am half Italian, after all!). But creamy, dairy-free ice cream? Now, that’s a real challenge. If you know Kelly Brozyna, aka The Spunky Coconut, like I do, you know she’s the master of any dairy-free foods—from yogurt to yes, ice cream!

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Gluten-Free White Pizza with Prosciutto

I’d love to introduce you to one of my old Food & Wine magazine colleagues and longtime friend, Laura B. Russell. These days, we travel in the same gluten-free circles, doing cooking demos around the country. Today, I’m excited to support her new cookbook, Brassicas: Cooking the World’s Healthiest Vegetables and share her recipe for Gluten-Free White Pizza with Arugula and Prosciutto.

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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.

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Tess Master’s Gluten-Free Raw Chocolate–Orange Torte + A Cookbook Giveaway!

I was first introduced to my friend Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, by one of my closest friends, Amie Valpone (The Healthy Apple). This was a few years back and we were all in Santa Monica, California, at a food blogger conference where I was speaking. She was so generous to take us around town to explore tasty—and healthy—foods and fresh-pressed juices in the area. That’s why I’m so excited for all of her success and for her awesome new cookbook, The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

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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.

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Shrimp Salad with Dairy-Free Caper-Lemon Dressing

Summer is flying by! I wanted to quickly share an easy, hearty shrimp salad with you. It’s based on one I had recently at a food shop in Brooklyn I like to check out every now and then called Bklyn Larder. To serve, just place the shrimp salad over chopped romaine or field greens.

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Creamy Dairy-Free Pesto

The secret ingredient to my creamy dairy-free pesto is…water. Years ago, thanks to my magazine test kitchen friends, I learned that water is often the solution to many cooking conundrums.

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Gluten-Free Summer Recipe Collection

Summer is breezing on by so I wanted to share my latest gluten-free recipe collection with you. I recently developed these recipes in partnership with Udi’s. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family!

Please let me know if you have any dairy-free needs and I will be happy to give you my best substitution solutions. Just leave me a message on my Facebook page, Silvana’s Kitchen.

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Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cupcakes

No surprises here: I have a sweet spot for dessert and especially ice cream (we just made ice cream cones from scratch last week!). Summer is my excuse for treating myself to ice cream, the only thing that seems to cool me off on a hot, humid day. And, I don’t mean dairy full. My kids and I love Italian ice, sorbet and the new rice, almond and coconut milk-based, non-dairy ice creams that we can now find in the freezer section of our local supermarket.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cones

Some days you just need ice cream—on an ice cream cone. I recently asked my Facebook friends what their favorite ice cream flavor is and got a great response—thank you for sharing with me! For the record, my favorite flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter…

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Dairy-Free Pineapple-Cucumber Mint Cooler

Now that the warmer weather seems here to stay, I’ve started my annual rotation of what I eat. It’s just like rotating your wardrobe seasonally, I spring-clean my (and my family’s) breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. There are foods I start craving when it starts heating up, like juice, which has become one of my everyday, feel-good foods in the last few years.

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Jennifer Perillo’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Egg Cream

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 7

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

Now, I’d like to introduce Jennifer Perillo and her cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

Feels like summer in the city over here in Brooklyn! What better to welcome the season than with grilling. I love the fast cooking times and the easy cleanup that comes with making a meal on the grill. I also like to let my ingredients speak for themselves, which is to say that if you’re getting in-season veggies and good-quality meats, they’re already packed with lots of flavor so a sprinkle of salt and pepper along with a drizzle of fruity olive oil is all you need.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry Scones

I’ve always had a fascination with strawberries, especially the small, flavor-packed tri-star variety that I find on local Hudson Valley farms. I’ve even had the chance to hand-pick them in the strawberry fields along with my family. So it should come to no surprise that I would put them into everything I make—sweet and savory.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Cocoa Nib & Almond Butter Smoothie

My kids are calling it a heat wave. We’ve hit the 80s here in Brooklyn. Crazy for this time of year. Now, there’s no denying the one thing that will satisfy me—this thick and creamy smoothie. It’s so good, you could even call it dessert. And making it is really as easy as putting all of the ingredients in a blender and blending until smooth.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Provençale Hot Pockets

Sometimes, I just need dinner to cook itself. Can you relate?

While takeout may be the norm in New York City, I prefer to cook my family’s meals from scratch. Occasionally, I get help from store-bought meal starters (like a gluten-free pizza crust or rotisserie chicken) or splurge for dinner at a favorite gluten-free friendly restaurant. After all, Moms have enough pressure as it is.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jam Crumble Cookie Squares

Not all cookies are created equally. In fact, these cookie squares are part crumbly shortbread and part chewy jam-filled thumbprints. But, I’d have to admit that the best part is that you can make them with any filling—your favorite jam or preserves, or even salted dulce de leche, lemon curd or my dairy-free knockoff nutella. I like to make the cookies year-round, swapping in different flavors for each season. My kids like them any way they come out of the oven.

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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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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peaches-and-Cream Meringue Cake

I live for peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums every summer. I admit, I have a thing for stone fruits, especially when combined with a soft meringue cake and pillowy coconut whipped cream. For this recipe, I sometimes macerate the peaches (or other fruit) in sugar and wine.

The wine is, of course, optional, but tradition is hard to break. To me, it takes me back to my summers spent in Italy as a kid, where dessert at restaurants was often whole peaches floating in a big bowl filled with ice and ice water served alongside chilled, crisp white wine meant for dunking.

Go ahead and leave the wine out, if you prefer, and just macerate the fruit in the sugar to release some of the peach juices.

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