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).
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.
It’s not every day that Isaiah, now a junior in high school, comes home with a homework assignment that involves baking. Of course, he sprung it on me last minute, but luckily I had all of the ingredients on hand. Isaiah chose the recipe, which comes from the website, Que Rica Vida, and I adapted it to be gluten-free.
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!
Valentine’s Day or not, these pantry-friendly treats will sweeten your day. Plus, you can make them in 3 simple steps. For the complete recipe, check out my post over on the Food Network’s FN Dish!
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 4: Now, I’d like to introduce my fourth guest, Kyra Bussanich, and her cookbook, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle!
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 1: I’d like to introduce my first guest, Elana Amsterdam, and her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry!
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.
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.
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 6: Now, I’d like to introduce Kelly Brozyna and her new cookbook, THE PALEO CHOCOLATE LOVER’S COOKBOOK: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & Dessert!
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.
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 3: I’d like to introduce my third guest, Winnie Abramson, and her book, One Simple Change!
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 2: I’d like to introduce my second guest, Louisa Shafia of Lucid Food, and her new cookbook, The New Persian Kitchen!
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…
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!
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!
Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 5: Now, I’d like to introduce Danielle Walker and her New York Times bestselling cookbook, Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great!
If you’ve been to any of my cooking classes, you know that I like to feed people plenty of personal stories and experiences—and doughnuts. This time I made classic powdered doughnuts and just spiced things up a bit with a mix of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
For as long as I can remember, apple crisp was our weeknight dessert—and my family (and I) couldn’t be happier! There’s just something about the warmth of apples spiced with cinnamon and topped with a crunchy topping that’s satisfying at the end of a long day. Lately, I’ve been playing around with the streusel. Instead of making the classic kind with my flour blend, I decided to switch things up and use cookie crumbs instead.
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.
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.
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.
I believe in banana bread.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew the meaning of speckled ripe bananas sitting on the kitchen counter. And this brought me real comfort. It still does, but not just for me anymore, for my kids.
With every single one of my kids’ birthdays, I’m reminded that the years are flying by.
Isaiah just celebrated his 16th birthday. That’s a big number. So much has happened along the way and before more time passes by, I wanted to slow down and thank my mom, Penny. She’s always been an inspiration to me—in and out of the kitchen. It’s not her birthday or Mother’s Day or anything. I’ve just been thinking a lot about her lately.
I just hope I am half the mom to Isaiah and Chiara as my Mom is to me.
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.
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.
When I started spotting kids selling boxes of Girl Scout cookies on the streets of Brooklyn, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and bake gluten-free, dairy-free ones myself. And, I’m so happy I did. Oh, the difference great ingredients make. It had been six long years since Isaiah could bite into a Girl Scout cookie. His favorite kind—Thin Mints—just had to be his again. Oh, what sweet revenge.
Valentine’s Day is my kind of holiday—sweets, chocolate and lots of good lovin’. Doughnuts really hit the spot year-round, but there’s something special about heart-shaped ones. Just ask my sweet girl, Chiara! Out of all of the flavors I’ve made through the years (take a look below in the “More Gluten-Free Recipes” box for more recipes), these were her favorite, for sure.
Apple-picking season may be over, but it’s always a good time for apples and caramel, especially when it’s baked into a cupcake. After you’ve had caramel apples, it’s hard to separate the two classic ingredients and somehow, during this winter cold, the flavor combination and cinnamony aroma that wafts through the house keeps my family warm inside. I’ve made dozens of apple muffins through the years, but I realize now that it was all just practice to get to this definitive treat—caramel apple cupcakes.
Change up your morning routine with make-ahead breakfast recipes, like this one for nut bars. Here, I combine oats with the classic lunchbox flavors of peanut butter and strawberry jam.