Autumn

Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

I remember very vividly the terror, the sadness and the grief of facing my first Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner…gluten-free. For me it wasn’t just the gluten. I had done a full elimination diet and come to learn in the process that I’m sensitive to gluten, dairy (specifically cow’s milk), soy, sugar (and carbs in general), eggs, flaxseed and canola oil, just to name a few. I think this just about knocks everything off my holiday buffet table. Holiday dinners and other social events can be very challenging for someone with food sensitivities. For centuries so many...

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Gluten-Free on AppleHill – A cider doughnut recipe included!

Gluten-Free on AppleHill – A cider doughnut recipe included!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Some of my best memories were made at various cider mills throughout Michigan where I grew up. There is nothing better than a steaming hot apple cider doughnut together with a cup of freshly pressed apple cider…pure heaven! I really missed the cider mills when I moved to California. Beside certain people, it was the one I really believed I could not live without. As a matter of fact, when I do visit family and friends in Michigan, I always try to do it in the fall when I can visit the cider mills too. One evening while out with some local...

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The Perfect GF Pizza for Fall

The Perfect GF Pizza for Fall

Both mozzarella cheese and gluten do not agree with me so pizza has been a disastrous experience for me in the past. Couple a delicious cheesy slice of pizza with an ice cold beer at a college party and later you’d find me doubled over in the corner…not fun. At the time, I had already connected the dots between dairy and abdominal pain but not yet with gluten. I have to admit that pizza is one of those foods that I miss the most (not the cramps though) and is a food that many of my clients are sad about when they think they have to give it up. Leave it to me to find a loop hole....

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Quinoa

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Quinoa

Since going gluten-free, one my meal survival strategies is to weave the flavors of the season into my gluten-free grains (such as quinoa – pronounced keen-wah, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, teff and sorghum). I was recently asked to develop a fall quinoa recipe for a local magazine and in the process came up with this dish. I love the roasted flavors of the onion, apple and butternut squash  I think it could be a perfect side dish for the upcoming holiday dinners you may be attending. If you buy the squash already cut up from Trader Joe’s or Costco, this dish is super easy to...

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Pumpkin Pecan Bars

Pumpkin Pecan Bars

I love having this recipe for last minute, unexpected potluck dinners and parties in the fall and early winter. Back in my “gluten eating days,” I made this for many parties with great success. People love it. I made it tonight for the first time, gluten free and vegan. It was a success. The texture was definitely different but the taste was still the same and, if you’d never had the gluten version, you would have never known the difference. Pumpkin Pecan Dessert Bars – Gluten Free and Vegan (can be made without nuts) One box gluten free yellow cake mix (I prefer...

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GF Apple Cider Donuts

GF Apple Cider Donuts

I grew up in Michigan where apple orchards are abundant. Going to apple cider mills every fall and enjoying fresh steaming hot apple cider donuts right out of the fryer and pressed apple cider is a way of life for “Michiganders.” I always loved the fall season. In Michigan, the leaf color change is amazing. The beautiful colors coupled with the seasonal fall flavors, apple and cinnamon, is intoxicating. It’s one of the things I really miss about Michigan (besides my family, of course). A couple years ago I discovered Applehill in Placerville which is a lovely fall getaway...

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