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

Category: Holidays & Parties

Caramelized Red Onion, Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

Caramelized Red Onion, Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

This loaf cake is no joke. I wasn’t always a lover of savory loaf cakes since given the choice, I’d take sweet over salty every time. Things changed when I started playing around with decadent, flavor-packed ingredients, like caramelized onions, apples, bacon and gorgonzola. Oh, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Proof Is in the Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

The Proof Is in the Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

Since I started baking gluten-free almost a decade ago, so much has changed. For starters, people actually know what “gluten-free” means. Now at the holiday table, almost all of the traditional foods are possible to make gluten-free, even pecan pie. The best part? Baking gluten-free can result in better-than-regular baked goods. This pecan pie is all the proof you need.

Gluten-Free Banana Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Gluten-Free Banana Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Cheesecake used to intimidate me. So many baking rules—and so many cheesecake flavors to choose from! I had a few ripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter and instead of making the usual banana bread, I decided to try something new and go beyond my comfort zone. The result? This incredibly decadent, light and airy cheesecake. It’s super fancy-looking with its decorative design of dulce de leche, but don’t let that intimidate you—it’s really easy to make!

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.

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

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!

DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Do-Si-Dos!

DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Do-Si-Dos!

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—Do-Si-Dos!

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

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!

My Top 10 Gluten-Free Super Bowl Recipes

My Top 10 Gluten-Free Super Bowl Recipes

The Super Bowl? I confess I’ve never watched it. Like, really, sat down on the couch and followed every play. I do, however, love to cook for the Super Bowl, which for me is just a wonderful reason to spend time with friends and eat fun finger foods together.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing

WHO: Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoë François, Artisan Bread in 5
BOOK: Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours
RECIPE: Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing

Gluten-Free Nutty Thumbprint Cookies

Gluten-Free Nutty Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are a filled version of ultra-tender, not-too-sweet Russian tea cakes, which are remarkably similar to Mexican wedding cakes or those divine crescent-shaped Austrian cookies made with almonds or hazelnuts instead of walnuts or pecans. The combination of rice and oat flours makes these especially tender and flavorful.

Brittany Angell’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Brittany Angell’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

WHO: Brittany Angell, brittanyangell.com
BOOK: Every Last Crumb: Paleo Bread and Beyond
RECIPE: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies (nut-free and grain-free, too!)

To enter for your chance to win, just share a favorite cinnamon treat in the comments below.*

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)

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

E-Book: Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies

E-Book: Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies

I just published my first-ever e-book, Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies—just in time for the festive season. It’s a special collection of my—and my family’s—favorite holiday cookies. There will be some tried-and-true and some new-to-you recipes—all with photos! Take a look…

My Most Popular Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

My Most Popular Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

This year even I can’t keep track of all of the Thanksgiving recipes I’ve made through the years so I’ve compiled the most popular ones here in a single, easy-to-find menu. Happy Turkey Day to you and your family!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

I’ve been busy baking up gluten-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts for you (and the Food Network)! Here’s hoping you have a sweet Thanksgiving. These desserts are healthy, too, but I swear you’d never know it!

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!

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

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).

Gluten-Free Mini Cream Puffs

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Candied Coconut Cookies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Candied Coconut Cookies

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.