posts tagged "christmas"

Peppermint Frosting

Posted on December 20, 2013

Peppermint Frosting on Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes –a festive winter treat to brighten up any dessert table or cookie exchange.

Christmas is almost here folks! Do you think peppermint and Christmas go together? If you do, you’ll enjoy using this Peppermint Frosting recipe on my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. It’s a healthy version of a Devil’s Food Chocolate Cupcake topped with minty Christmas frosting. I love the holidays.

This healthy frosting would also be a great topping on Paleo Christmas Cookies, especially my Gluten-Free ... read more →

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Posted on November 27, 2011

Stainless steel snack containers, mulling spices, cookie mix in a jar and a Wally mug; simple, yet useful gifts for the holidays.

Finding the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve put off your holiday shopping until now.

Because we celebrate Chanukah it seems like we have far less pressure during the holiday season –though that could simply be the mindset I undertake during the holidays when I try to block out everything I ... read more →

DIY Christmas Gift Round Up

Posted on December 13, 2010

This year I’m having a DIY Christmas.  Not that Christmas is actually my holiday, as I’m Jewish.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t give all my friends lovely homemade Christmas gifts.  And give all of you guys fun ideas for Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Posted on December 10, 2010

I am digging this yummy Christmas Chocolate Bark.  Studded with rich pistachios, tart dried cranberries, and speckled with coarse chunks of salt, it’s a winner.

I believe the ideas for this flavor combo came from the fabulous Alison.  I think this bark would make a wonderful gift for the holidays.  Just don’t eat too much of it, as it’s very addictive.

Georgia’s Fruit Pudding

Posted on December 8, 2010

I recently fell in love with Georgia Pellegrini’s book Food Heroes and will be giving it to various friends for the holidays.  I am also giving away a copy to one lucky winner on my Food Heroes post from Monday. It’s a great read and has wonderful recipes.  The recipe below is my adaptation of Georgia’s grandmother’s fruit pudding, which I think you’ll enjoy.

This light and easy to eat dessert is a perfect Christmas pudding.  It’s basically made with dried ... read more →

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Posted on December 7, 2010

Update: this giveaway has ended and the winner was Susan!

This year, I’m making many of the holiday gifts that I’ll be giving.  One of my favorite things to give, that you might also like to give to your friends and family, is this homemade cookie mix.

This high protein, gluten free cookie mix is quick and easy to make.  Further, you are giving a friend or loved one a very special present –the opportunity to have the smell of fresh baked ... read more →

Vanilla Roasted Walnuts

Posted on December 24, 2009

I’m slightly addicted to these Vanilla Roasted Walnuts and so is my husband.  They have a hint of sweetness and a nice burst of vanilla goodness.  On top of that, Walnuts are a great source of Omega-3′s, have a high antioxidant count and are also beneficial for cardiovascular health.  So I’m on the walnut bandwagon.

Here’s the recipe for another gluten free, tasty, higher protein holiday snack with nuts.

Vanilla Roasted Walnutsprinter friendly
2 cups walnuts, raw
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons agave nectar ... read more →

Christmas Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 22, 2009

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Christmas recipes.  We’ve been going wild with the Star Cookies lately, pulling out all of our cookie cutters and making them in every possible shape, then frosting them with the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting.  The boys (and I) are having a blast.

I’ve been taking it easy this week and spending a lot of time reading –books that is.  I usually find myself just trying to keep up with the Boulder Daily Camera ... read more →

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on December 18, 2009

I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed my Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe!  I’ve received many reports that people are making them for Christmas morning.  Here’s the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting to go along with buns.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

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4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp heavy cream

To make frosting combine cream cheese and honey in a medium bowl until well blended
Whip in heavy cream until frosting is nice and thick
Spread over Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Serve

Google Books ... read more →

Appetizers for a Holiday Party

Posted on December 4, 2009

Big news in the gluten free world. The Denver Post has named The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook one of the best cookbooks of 2009.

The reason I find this to be somewhat amazing is that some people out there look down on gluten free; some have even told me that  gluten free food has a “stigma” attached to it. So for my little old book to be included with “regular” cookbooks, seems like a bit of a breakthrough.

Along these ... read more →

A Holiday Gift

Posted on November 23, 2009

If you are looking for a quick and easy DIY holiday dessert gift, these gluten free candied nuts will do the trick.

The nuts are delicious and take about 20 minutes to make, maybe 3 minutes of that hands on time.  All you need is a 2 cup mason jar and some beautiful wired ribbon (I found mine at Michael’s) and you’re on your way.

Candied Nuts Holiday Gift Jar
1 mason jar
1 holiday ribbon
fill jar with: Spiced Pecans, Candied Pecans, Vanilla Roasted ... read more →

Candied Pecans

Posted on November 18, 2009

I love making candied nuts during the holiday season.  There’s something very festive about them and they are satisfyingly sweet and filling at the same time.  Lately I’ve been on a candied pecans kick.  They’re super easy to make and my husband loves them.

You could jazz up this recipe with some spices like cinnamon and cayenne (I think both together would be delicious), however I’ve been enjoying the simplicity of merely sweetening the nuts lately.  These nuts make one delicious ... read more →

Vegan Eggnog

Posted on November 13, 2009

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked for a vegan eggnog recipe.  This gluten free, dairy free (egg free) eggnog is not too challenging to make and full of filling rich yumminess.

Unlike other eggnogs, it’s not too sweet and has a nice delicate nutmeg flavor.  If you want to decrease the sweetness further, go with only 1 tablespoon of agave in the recipe below, or eliminate it entirely.  You’ll still have the natural sweetness of the almonds ... read more →

Christmas Dinner Menu

Posted on December 23, 2008

-photo from this chicken on Flickr

I have read so many articles this year about how the economy is impacting Christmas.  How people are not spending as much money and buying as many presents for children and loved ones.

For me, the holiday season is not about the stuff, it’s about quality time.  Taking the time to hang out with friends and family.  Of course, I do enjoy making festive meals this time of year and feel blessed to be able to ... read more →

Christmas Cake

Posted on December 16, 2008

This healthier Christmas Cake is alcohol free and packed full of dried fruit and nuts.

A while back, Lisa (and several other readers) asked me to come up with a gluten-free Christmas cake.  Being Jewish, and never having sampled Christmas cake, I had no idea what it was.

Lisa was kind enough to send me this definition:

A festive cake for celebrating Christmas here in Australia. Commonly full of dried fruits (a variety) soaked in alcohol.   Flour, brown sugar, eggs cinnamon, nutmeg. ... read more →

Squash Fries

Posted on December 12, 2008

The other day, I noticed that I had 2 butternut squash sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be cooked.  The first I turned into butternut squash soup.

I wanted to be a bit more creative with the second one, so I figured I’d make fries out of them.  The boys must have eaten an entire 3 pound squash worth of oven fries.  They chowed on them all afternoon and then asked for more.  I ate quite a few myself, to me ... read more →

Chicken with Cherries and Kale

Posted on December 2, 2008

For those of you that have been asking about classes, I will be teaching at the Culinary School of the Rockies on January 26, 2009.

In this class titled, “The Art of Gluten-Free Baking,” we will learn how to make classic desserts the gluten-free way.  Fun and easy dishes will include chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate brownies, currant scones and apple crisp.  I took a class at CSR a couple of weeks ago and had a great time in their gorgeous ... read more →

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Posted on December 23, 2007

The other day we had friends over and made tons of gluten free gingerbread men cookies. So many little hands rolling and cutting out dough. We decorated our gingerbread men with dried fruit and nuts. The kids even cut loose and made free form cookie shapes as well.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

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5 cups blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger powder
¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup grapeseed oil or palm shortening
½ cup agave nectar ... read more →

Chestnuts with Brussel Sprouts

Posted on November 20, 2007

In the process of creating this recipe I cooked chestnuts in a variety of ways. I report here: do not bother with the boiling method. This manner of preparation entails the painstaking prying of many little nuts from their shells. During that process I felt like a squirrel –with a knife.

My favorite way, providing both ease and the tastiest results, is the pan roasting method. After you remove the chestnuts from the pan, remove the shells while they are still ... read more →

Kale with Cranberries

Posted on February 22, 2007

More kale mom!

Say hello to Kale with Cranberries! This salad recipe contains: kale, a cancer fighting superfood packed with flavonoids; cranberries, high in vitamin C; and pine nuts, the edible seed of the pine tree, and higher in protein than any other seed.

My boys fight over this one. The four of us can finish off the 2 bunches of kale that the recipe calls for in one sitting. Even when their dad is not home for dinner, the three of ... read more →