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

Category: Summer

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Paleo-Friendly Chocolate Chip–Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Paleo-Friendly Chocolate Chip–Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Confession: I’m addicted to ice cream. I may not be running after the ice cream truck these days, but my almost daily summer ice cream-eating habit lives on. These paleo-friendly ice cream cookie sandwiches are easy to love—they’re packed with flavor, sugar crash not included! […]

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, […]

Grilled Shrimp with Summer Guacamole

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 […]

Gluten-Free Summer Fruit Tart

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 […]

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 Crispy Fried Chicken

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Coconut Pudding

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)

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Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

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.

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

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!

Gluten-Free White Pizza with Prosciutto

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

Shrimp Salad with Dairy-Free Caper-Lemon Dressing

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.

Creamy Dairy-Free Pesto

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.

Gluten-Free Summer Recipe Collection

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.

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cupcakes

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.