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Gluten-Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

I may not be Irish, but I can definitely enjoy a great shortbread cookie! Yes, shortbread is traditionally associated with and did, in fact, originate in Scotland, but its popularity spread into Ireland, especially given the quality of their butter. If you’re dairy-free like Isaiah was when he was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance, go ahead and swap in non-hydrogenated shortening or dairy-free buttery spread or sticks. The trick to these ultra flaky, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies isn’t the butter you’re thinking. It’s peanut butter.

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Samoas!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting on Monday, I started posting recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie. Next up—Samoas!

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thin Mints!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting on Monday, I started posting recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie. Next up—Thin Mints!

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tagalongs!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting today through Thursday, I’ll post a new gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie recipe each day. First up—Tagalongs!

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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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Juli Bauer and George Bryant’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Just last month I had a chance to join George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking and Juli Bauer of PaleOMG along with my longtime friend Brittany Angell for a paleo dinner in NYC. Of course, we went to Hu Kitchen, a known paleo- and gluten-free friendly restaurant and juice bar. We left well fed—and completely satisfied. I even took their famous chocolate bars home with me (my favorite flavor is the Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa).

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Gluten-Free Mini Cream Puffs

Cream puffs can be intimidating—gluten-free or not. But when gluten-free pioneer Carol Fenster is teaching you how to make them, you know you’re in good hands! I first meet Carol when I was in Chicago doing a doughnut cooking demonstration (I made these Maple-Glazed Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Doughnuts) at the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Free Expo. I watched as she taught an audience full of people how to make gluten-free baguettes. Her calmness and baking expertise made me feel like it was possible to make any of Isaiah’s favorite foods gluten-free.

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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.

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Gluten-Free Cookies-n-Cream Waffle Recipe

Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

Today is the first day in May that we celebrate being gluten-free. It’s been seven years since Isaiah was diagnosed as gluten and dairy intolerant. I can honestly say that his diagnosis changed not only his life, but mine. As a food professional—food magazine editor, bakery owner or recipe columnist—I couldn’t imagine having to re-think everything I did in the kitchen and at the supermarket. Just like you, I had to start from scratch.

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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 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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Happy Gluten-Free Holidays!

I just returned to Brooklyn after shooting my next cookbook on location at my house in upstate New York. I’m finally putting the finishing touches on the manuscript and can’t believe the holidays kickoff this week! Meanwhile, I’d love to share my latest collection of more than 40 gluten-free recipes that I developed exclusively for Food & Wine magazine, where I’m a F&W Online Columnist.

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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!

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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 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.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Deep in my mom’s kitchen cabinets, you’ll still find my Nana Jennie’s treasured fudge cake pan. It’s one of the few remaining items my mom has left from her beloved grandmother. I can relate. In fact, I know exactly why she holds on tight to this pan: Nana Jennie was the sweetest—and strongest—woman I ever met. She also made the meanest fudge cake with fudge frosting.

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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 Slice-n-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a confession to make: There’s no sweet that satisfies me—or my kids—more than a cookie. I think it’s also safe to say that if a cookie has chocolate in it, even better. And while it’s not all that time-consuming to make cookie dough from scratch, I was no stranger to grabbing my share of cookie dough logs from the refrigerated section of my supermarket—that is, until Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance. In that instant, my convenient life practically disappeared.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Nutella Coffee Cake

Growing up, I moved around every three to five years. My Roman-born father, Silverio, worked for the Italian government and the second we started settling into our new hometown, it was time to pack up our suitcases again. The one constant besides family, was Nutella. My mom, Penny, would spread the luscious chocolate-hazelnut spread on Italian bread as sandwiches for lunch and she’d swirl it into cakes. My brother, Bernardo, and I would also eat it by the spoonfuls.

Turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My son, Isaiah, craves the stuff so much so that when he was diagnosed with dairy intolerance (along with his more severe gluten intolerance), we had to say our goodbyes. But, in my constant determination to spoil my kids, I made my own dairy-free Nutella knockoff. Suddenly, there was no turning back to the store-bought kind. Whether you make your own or use the jarred stuff, you’ll love this chocolate-hazelnut twist on classic crumb cake.

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Dairy-Free Knockoff Nutella

Since the day my now 14-year-old son Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten intolerance four years ago, there have been many days when I have felt that I know absolutely nothing—nothing at all.

There still are.

I look into his dark brown eyes and see my handsome teenage son. So, handsome, I could cry. I cry wondering if he’s healthy. Healthy enough.

What does that even mean? I wonder if I should get Isaiah more invasive testing to make sure he’s healthy. I wonder if by not getting him the more invasive testing, I am making a mistake—one I can’t take back.

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