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Gluten-Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

There’s a reason I used to own a bakery… I love sweets! This is the ultimate chocolate loaf cake. I’ve always loved the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, leave the frosting off completely and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if you like.

Bread Every Day, Your Way Recipe Contest!

Bread Every Day, Your Way Recipe Contest!

When Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance, bread was the first food he lost that really mattered. Think of how many times kids—and really all of us—eat bread in some form or another throughout the day. Breakfast means bagels, toast, French toast, cinnamon rolls, monkey bread; lunch means a sandwich on focaccia, sliced bread, flatbread, wrap; dinner means garlic bread, baguette, pull-apart rolls, breadsticks, stuffing, pizza, bread pudding…

5 Secrets to Making the Best Gluten-Free Bread Ever

5 Secrets to Making the Best Gluten-Free Bread Ever

It took me six long years to get a sandwich bread to work. I can say with confidence that this is the ultimate everyday loaf—and it doesn’t need to be toasted to taste wonderful. The outside has just the right amount of crust, while the inside crumb is soft and fluffy.

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 Thin Mints!

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!

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, Dairy-Free Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips

During the long, cold winter months, my kids know all too well that I could happily subsist on soup alone. I find it both comforting and nourishing. Even better, it’s an easy going dish—or meal, if you’re me. I love that soup doesn’t have to be complicated, allows for improvisation and if we were to boil soup down to its very essence, it really is whatever you make of it. That’s true for so many choices we consciously make in life—both in and out of the kitchen.

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!

Please Welcome My New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Multi-Purpose Flour + Mixes!

Please Welcome My New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Multi-Purpose Flour + Mixes!

It’s been quite a journey. It’s hard to believe it’s already been seven years since my son Isaiah, now 17, was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance. I remember his words when the doctor gave him the news as if it were yesterday. “Mommy, what am I going to eat?” Honestly, those words still echo in my mind. The fear we both shared in not knowing what was going to happen next.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing

Before I ever even came close to conquering yeasted cinnamon buns, I made these pancakes to satisfy that craving. They actually resemble cinnamon buns, too, down to their cinnamon swirl and sugary icing. My family and I have always been fans of Bisquick, but after trying the gluten-free version from the supermarket, we weren’t convinced that it was a perfect substitute. So I studied the ingredients on the original mix and replicated its taste and texture.

Why Dairy-Free Recipes Matter So Much To Me

Why Dairy-Free Recipes Matter So Much To Me

I have a confession to make. In my first cookbook, COOKING FOR ISAIAH, I glossed over the dairy-free component. Truth is, I was hyper-focused on making gluten-free recipes that Isaiah would not only eat, but love! That was my priority. I could get away with simple swaps like shortening and rice milk for the butter and milk I once used in my recipes before he was diagnosed with dairy intolerance.

Gift Giveaway—Get 4 EXCLUSIVE How-To Guides, a Signed Cookbook + 2 MORE gifts!

Gift Giveaway—Get 4 EXCLUSIVE How-To Guides, a Signed Cookbook + 2 MORE gifts!

I’m so excited about my new cookbook launching soon that I’m giving away gifts if you pre-order by September 1. To all of you who believe in me—and my recipes—I wouldn’t be here without you. I want to send you each huge thank you with all my heart for trusting me to feed you and your family! To celebrate, from now until September 1, 2014, when you pre-order a copy of my new cookbook, Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites Transformed, you’ll receive the FOUR exclusive gifts below.

COMING SOON: My Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Flour Blend Company!

COMING SOON: My Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Flour Blend Company!

I’m opening the ultimate gluten-free, dairy-free flour blend company called Cooking for Isaiah™ (named after my gorgeous son who started us all on this delicious adventure)—and I need your help! Vote for your favorite packaging—and you’ll be entered to win a $10 COUPON on your 1st purchase!

Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe Roundup!

Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe Roundup!

Out of all the recipe requests I receive every day—both from my kids and all of you—pancakes always make it to #1 on the Most Wanted Recipe List. Here are some pancake recipes I’ve developed around the web to get you started…

Cookbook Giveaway! Plus, my all-time fave gluten-free, dairy-free cookie recipe!

Cookbook Giveaway! Plus, my all-time fave gluten-free, dairy-free cookie recipe!

Together, we are on an amazing gluten-free, dairy-free journey. I’m so thankful for my kids and all of you!! With the ups and downs Isaiah and I have faced along the way, there was one constant in our lives that we could always depend on—these chocolate chip cookies. Making these gluten-free, dairy-free cookies wasn’t easy, but once I cracked the code and Isaiah took that first bite into a warm, melty cookie, his big smile said all I needed to know. I hope you and your family and friends have enjoyed them, too!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Weeknight Menu Planner

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Weeknight Menu Planner

Summer is when our family’s schedule always gets crazy!! That’s why I’m starting a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Weeknight Menu Planner —to make planning dinner one less thing to put on my to-do list. I know firsthand what it’s like to figure out what to make for supper every single night—especially when you’re feeding a family of hungry kids. It’s a challenge to plan what you’re making and time-consuming to shop for the ingredients. Plus, you need to please everyone! Not easy…so here’s your weeknight menu planner! Plus, a seasonal dessert to sweeten the deal.

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

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.

Behind-the-Scenes of My New Cookbook: Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen!

Behind-the-Scenes of My New Cookbook: Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen!

It’s a beautiful thing when everything falls right into place—a rare occurrence, especially when it comes to making a cookbook. It all starts from scratch. Just an idea followed by hundreds more only to culminate in a life-changing experience felt by all involved. I’m grateful to everyone who put their talent, time and energy to make my new cookbook a splendid, delicious reality.

Shelfie: A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Product Snapshot

Shelfie: A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Product Snapshot

These pretzels are surprisingly more crisp than your average, gluten-full pretzel. I always have them around for the kids (and me) to snack on plain and dip into homemade Nutella. I also like to coarsely crush the pretzels and use the crumbs as a coating for fried chicken cutlets or even as a base for pie crust.

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).