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

Category: Winter

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raspberry-Chocolate Truffles

Raspberry-Chocolate Truffles

If I were to write my kids a little love advice, here’s what my note would say: Dear Beautiful You, You deserve nothing short of magic. Love starts with believing in yourself—the greatest gift you could ever give. Be open to receiving love. There’s no […]

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 […]

Paleo Turkey Chili Sweet Potato Fries

Paleo Turkey Chili Sweet Potato Fries

Chili fries for dinner???! Heck, yeah! Whether you’re paleo or not, this good-for-you, grain-free recipe delivers on flavor and protein. There are no special techniques required, just ingredients that are as close to nature as possible. Translation? They’re minimally processed. Making chili fries grain-free is […]

Spicy Curry-Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Curry-Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Everywhere I turn, someone either has the flu or knows someone who does. Sure, good ol’ fashioned chicken noodle soup will do just fine, but if you really want to rev up your immune system, reach for your spice cabinet and your fridge’s produce drawer […]

Gluten-Free Jelly Doughnut Muffins

Gluten-Free Jelly Doughnut Muffins

With all the pressures of the holidays, the last thing you need is a complicated brunch plan—that’s where these doughnut muffins come in. This morning I was craving biting into a jelly doughnut, but having made them before, I know they’re time consuming. These muffins […]

Hazelnut Praline-Swirled Chocolate Fudge Truffles

Hazelnut Praline-Swirled Chocolate Fudge Truffles

Growing up in an Italian family, the holidays were always kissed with chocolate, especially when we celebrated them in Rome. We would always stop at this decades-old chocolate shop near Viale Libia, close to where my grandfather lived to stand in line to get freshly-made […]

Paleo Gluten-Free Double Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Paleo Gluten-Free Double Ginger Crinkle Cookies

About four years ago, I received an email from one of my readers. She explained in great detail, that she had used my Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour for years, but was recently told she needed to cut out rice and potato from her diet. What followed […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Go ahead. Give in to this cake’s silky smoothness. Subtle, yet indulgent, each bite teases you with just a touch of salt
 and a hint of vanilla. In the kitchens of Ovenly—owners Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin’s Brooklyn-based bakeries — experimenting is everything. Their notoriously […]

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 […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Gingersnaps

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Gingersnaps

For years, I’ve wanted to make a knockoff recipe for those ubiquitous gingersnaps you get in a box at the supermarket. You know the ones—great for crushing into crumbs for pie crust or for just popping in your mouth. I made something even better—these gingersnaps […]

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, […]

Pecan Pie Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Pecan Pie Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

What to bake between Thanksgiving pies and holiday cookies? This easy-to-make bundt cake. It’s the perfect transitional baked good—low-maintenance and flavor-wise, reminiscent of both the pies of your recent past and the cookies of your near future. And the texture? Well, check out the close-up: […]

Kate McDermott’s Double-Crusted Pear Pie

Kate McDermott’s Double-Crusted Pear Pie

THAT’S GOOD PIE! These are the golden words every piemaker hopes to hear. When Art of the Pie owner and author of Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life Kate McDermott serves her pies, no one believes they’re gluten-free. […]

Double-Decker Pumpkin-Caramel Pie

Double-Decker Pumpkin-Caramel Pie

Two words: Double. Decker. Two more words: Pumpkin. Caramel. Sure, everyone has a classic pumpkin pie recipe they love—I know I do. But, if you want a real showstopper, this is hands-down your pumpkin pie. So, I did what any baker in my position would […]

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.

Gluten-Free Easy Bake Cinnamon Buns

Gluten-Free Easy Bake Cinnamon Buns

I’m a sucker for cinnamon goo, but sometimes I just want instant gratification. I don’t always have the patience to gather all the ingredients necessary, make my own yeasted cinnamon roll dough, wait for it to proof all day or overnight—or sometimes twice. This recipe […]

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, […]

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cups

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cups

It’s nearly the end of October and I’m finally getting into the pumpkin mood. It’s been such a mild fall on the East Coast—I’m talking in the 80s—so turning on the oven has been a slow start. Now that we’re in the steady 50s, I’m […]

Apple-Almond Chocolate Chunk Loaf Cake

Apple-Almond Chocolate Chunk Loaf Cake

This loaf cake is a take on a dessert I devoured in Brooklyn years ago. Al di La is one of those restaurants where you feel instantly as if you’re eating in your grandma’s dining room. There’s an incredibly warm, welcoming vibe that just feels like home. That’s true […]

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 […]

5-Minute Good-for-You Cheesy Broccoli Bisque

5-Minute Good-for-You Cheesy Broccoli Bisque

It’s definitely no thanks to me that my kids love broccoli. Maybe I can blame my mom for only feeding me broccoli rabe and romanesco growing up. Somehow, broccoli just seemed, well, boring. These days, I only enjoy broccoli two ways—blended into a creamy soup and roasted until […]

Fast & Easy Super Bowl Snacks

Fast & Easy Super Bowl Snacks

I know nothing—and I mean nothing—about football. I do know how to up my game when it comes to making fast-and-easy Super Bowl snacks. I’m talking finger-licking foods so good that you’ll want to put some aside before you bring out the platter to your friends and […]