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Favorite Passover Ingredients

Posted on April 12, 2014

Over the years many of you have asked for a list of my favorite Passover ingredients. Well here you go –a rundown of the products that will make your grain-free Passover a breeze.

These are the items I have come to depend on for making my Passover Seders since 1998 –the year I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve had gluten, or chametz for that matter! I’ve been kosher for Pesach for close to ... read more →

Tzimmes

Posted on September 10, 2013

Paleo tzimmes –traditional Jewish fare that tastes great and is healthy to boot.

A while back my mother-in-law asked me to create a tzimmes dish for the Jewish holidays; it was a comment from Shari in NC that spurred me towards fulfilling that wonderful request.

I made tzimmes for our Rosh Hashanah dinner a few days ago and my family loved it so much that I’ll be making it again for Yom Kippur.

There are several ways to make tzimmes, though most often ... read more →

Paleo Rosh Hashanah Menu

Posted on August 29, 2013

Pack this year’s Rosh Hashanah dinner table with Paleo goodness.

Are you wondering what to serve for the Jewish High Holidays? Are you looking for gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free or Paleo options for your Rosh Hashanah meal?

Below is a Paleo Rosh Hashanah menu that will suit a variety of guests with a cornucopia of food allergies and intolerances. And from my experience, Jews seem to have as many, or more digestive issues and food intolerances than most other folks. So if you’re ... read more →

Paleo Easter Desserts

Posted on March 26, 2013

Healthier desserts for your Easter celebration.

Our holiday is Passover, and accordingly, I have a list of Paleo Passover recipes. However, since many of our friends celebrate Easter, I have put together a list of Paleo Easter dessert recipes. Of course, you may wish to be a super duper caveman and simply dine on ham and veggies for your Easter celebration. If that’s your preference, then just navigate away from this post right now.

For those of you looking for something sweet ... read more →

Paleo Valentine’s Day Recipes

Posted on February 7, 2013

You can ♥ Paleo treats on Valentine’s Day (as well as any other time of the year).

Here are my favorite Paleo Valentine’s Day recipes. I’m not much of a romantic, so I must confess that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite “holiday,” however, there is an upside, and that is chocolate.

The gluten-free, dairy-free Paleo recipes below are full of healthy ingredients such as coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, and dark chocolate. So give your loved ones some higher-protein treats ... read more →

New Year’s Eve Finger Foods

Posted on December 28, 2012

New Year’s Eve Finger Foods are gluten-free, healthy, and best of all filling.

According to Wikipedia, an amuse bouche (pronounced aˌmyzˈbuʃ) is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre.

Literally, this term means amusement of the mouth. I’m putting together a list of amuse bouche finger foods that will amuse fingers, mouths and guests alike during your New Year’s Eve celebration.

10 Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes

Posted on December 11, 2012

Paleo Christmas Cookies –gluten-free, grain-free, healthy treats for the holidays.

I’ve got the Christmas cookie bug. The gluten-free Christmas cookie bug that is. Because the recipes that I’ve written on this blog for the past year or so have been Paleo (the ones prior to that are merely grain-free), I’ve gone back and retested a number of my classic gluten-free cookie recipes and reworked them so that they are now Paleo cookie recipes. Because I want you and yours to have ... read more →

Sukkot

Posted on October 1, 2012

Photo by RonAlmog on Flickr; we eat in the sukkah during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Sukkot or Sukkos is the Jewish harvest festival. This holiday takes place on the 15th of the month of Tishrei (sometime between late September to late October), and occurs on the full moon (the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and many of our holidays start on the full moon).

The word sukkot literally means “booth” or “tabernacle” and the holiday is often referred to as the ... read more →

Gluten Free Tu B’shevat

Posted on January 26, 2012

photo by tess_marie on flickr.com

What is Tu B’shevat you ask? Why it is the holiday of trees established by the Talmudic rabbis sometime between the 3rd to 5th century –the early part of the Middle Ages.

As the daughter of liberal Jewish activists (my parents met at a civil rights meeting in the 1960′s) I’ve always been really into this holiday which is described by wikipedia as follows:

Tu Bishvat is considered by secular Israeli Jews and organizations to be the Jewish ... read more →

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on November 18, 2011

Make your Thanksgiving meal one of abundance AND health with these easy nutritious Paleo recipes.

A completely Paleo Thanksgiving menu –all gluten free, grain free and sugar free, including many delicious superfoods. Ten recipes for appetizers, salad, dinner, dessert and more.

For decades my father has said “eat the rainbow,” and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do just that. Each year, we have a variety of gorgeous, colorful dishes on the table, from the green of kale and brussel sprouts, to ... read more →

Gluten Free Fourth of July Recipes

Posted on June 30, 2011

For our July 4th celebration this year I will be serving some of my favorite gluten free recipes (pictured above/listed below).  We will have a small gathering at our house with two other families, then we’ll hike up Mount Sanitas to watch the fireworks show.

My younger son is begging us to take him up to the mountains for July 4th.  However, my older son has a bunch of baseball practices prior to the All Star District Tournament, and these practices ... read more →

Our Passover Seder

Posted on April 20, 2011

With the release date for my new book Gluten-Free Cupcakes, bearing down on me less than one week from today, I feel as though Passover really snuck up on me this year.  I did not post any Passover Menus, though do have ones from years past for those that might be looking for a good kugel recipe or some gluten free Gefilte Fish.

Gluten Free Easter Recipes

Posted on April 18, 2011

The spring holidays (Easter and Passover) mark my favorite time of year. The ground begins to thaw, buds make their way up through the soil and the ground comes alive again. Year after year, my garden is reborn after a deep sleep –signs of transformation abound. As everything in my yard wakes up, a renewed hope and the promise of abundance emerge as well. This lovely time of transformation is the perfect backdrop for Passover and Easter.

Since Easter is in less than a ... read more →

Mishloach Manot

Posted on March 18, 2011

Image by koshercom on flickr

Mishloach Manot?  Shalloch Manos?  No, I am not speaking in tongues.  I am just speaking in Hebrew.  And Yiddish.

Every year to celebrate Purim, we have a little party (with Hamantaschen of course) and give mishloach manot to our friends.  Here’s Wikipedia’s official description of this “festive gift basket:”

Mishloach manot (Hebrew: משלוח מנות‎, pronounced “mish-LOH-ach mah-NOTE,”, literally, “sending of portions”; also spelled mishloach manos and sometimes shortened to shalach manos), and also called a Purim basket, are ... read more →

Gluten Free Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 16, 2011

Lots going on here with a double header holiday week that includes both St. Patrick’s Day and Purim.  All of the festivities are keeping me quite busy. Luckily, I have not attempted to make green Hamantaschen, though if things keep progressing at this rate I just might.

Here are some of my favorite gluten free St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  They run the gamut from Peppermint Patties to Irish Soda Bread to a green shake –a little bit of something for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Posted on February 10, 2011

Here’s some gluten free Valentine’s Day desserts and treats for y’all.

I’m not a big Valentine’s day person, more of the practical type, so I don’t have a lot to say about, well, you know.  What I can tell you is that you might fall in love with one of the desserts below.  These gluten free recipes are made with wonderfully satisfying ingredients such as anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate, high protein almond flour and fiber rich coconut flour.  There really is ... read more →

Gluten Free Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

Posted on February 3, 2011

 

Here’s a gluten-free Super Bowl recipe roundup for you full of healthy, fun recipes. We are getting ready for a big gluten free Super Bowl party this Sunday as the Packers take on the Steelers.  Personally, I could care less who wins (sorry to offend all of you fans), I just want to serve awesome (and healthy) delicious gluten free snacks and make sure that all of my guests leave my house stuffed.

Here are some of the yummy snacks and ... read more →

Hanukkah Menu

Posted on November 29, 2010

Wow, Thanksgiving is barely over and it’s time for Hanukkah already!  I’m planning the festivities for the first night of Hanukkah (it’s this Wednesday night) if you can believe that.

I’m not in the habit of buying much Hanukkah paraphernalia and such for my boys, I like to keep this holiday simple and on point, which is a celebration of light during the darkest time of the year.

This year we will go on Heifer International and they’ll each get to buy ... read more →

Gluten Free Thanksgiving 2010

Posted on November 17, 2010

I’ve had so much fun over the last few weeks making various Thanksgiving dishes and dinners for my family –we’ve had several mini-Thanksgiving celebrations to date in preparation for the below menu.  So, as you can imagine, the following are my favorites.  I have compiled these gluten free dishes into one big, healthy, delicious Thanksgiving menu.  I hope you all enjoy these dishes as much as we have.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Yom Kippur Break Fast

Posted on September 17, 2010

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. Fasting begins 20 minutes before sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. 

Over here, we’re getting ready.  As you can see from the menu below, we enjoy breaking our fast in a lighter way –we’re not into the typical bagel and lox break fast with numerous rich and gooey desserts to follow.  In our house, soup is very soothing ... read more →