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

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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]