spicy chocolate chip cookies with cherries, gluten free

cherry chocolate chip cookies with chili powder, gluten free
jeanne sauvage, gluten-free baking for the holidays

I have exciting news! The fabulous Jeanne Sauvage, author of the popular blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking, is coming to Zest for a book-signing party! Her new book, Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays contains 60 essential gluten-free recipes focused around traditional holiday treats. 

thanksgiving survival kit 2012

gluten-free thanksgiving survival kit

We are thrilled to announce our thanksgiving survival kits for 2012!

gluten-free thanksgiving survival kit

To help you and your family continue your Thanksgiving traditions, we are offering a limited number of gluten-free thanksgiving survival kits. These kits will include a selection of treats from the following categories:

chocolate tart with cocoa almond crust, paleo & gluten free

"Another great dinner with the Paleo Cooking Club... If you call it a club, people will want to join." So read my friend's status on facebook.

And she was right. As soon as she called it a club I wanted in. I wanted to know the secret handshake, get the matching t-shirt, and memorize and recite our mission statement. This cooking club was particularly appealing because we knew we could count on the dinner being gluten free. Win!

apple tart with cheddar crumble for the gluten-free ratio rally

The first time I brought my husband Patrick over to my grandmother's house, she tried to poison him. Well... not poison per sae... but unintentionally glutened.

We were having a family dinner and she wanted to prepare for him the dessert she is well known for: her apple cheddar casserole. Generally served crustless, the dessert was always baked in a rectangular casserole dish. 

apple, pecan, and raisin depression cake, gluten free

apple pecan depression cake
the depression cake

the depression cake

"Take away the milk, the eggs, the butter, and what do you have left? A great tasting cake that became popular after the stock market crash of 1929."

Born in 1928, my grandmother was 1 years old when the stock market crashed. I'd only heard bits and pieces from her of what it was like to grow up in that time. I did know that as a result of being a child of the depression (as I'd heard her refer to herself), she'd learned to be thrifty and make do with what she had both in and out of the kitchen. Growing up I remember how she never wasted ingredients in the kitchen. 

paleo grain-free and gluten-free tortillas

paleo gluten-free tortillas
coconut flour tortillas

paleo gluten-free tortillas

Next weekend I am doing our first grain-free wedding order! You might remember a while back when we did the tasting. Since then we've been researching and testing out various grain-free recipes. That got us interested in learning more about a paleo diet. If you don't know what paleo means, it's also referred to as the caveman diet and consists of eating whole foods (similar to that of our hunter/gatherer ancestors), and eliminating harmful ones. 

no-bake cranberry macadamia nut cereal bars, vegan and gluten free

vegan cranberry macadamia nut cereal bars
vegan gluten-free cranberry macadamia cereal bars
Erewhon buckwheat hemp cereal
gluten-free cranberry cereal bars

vegan gluten-free cranberry macadamia cereal bars

"You better bring that box of cereal home," my friend Annelies said, looking at me over the rim of her glasses. "That cereal isn't even available in California yet." Her company, Attune Foods, had just released a new gluten-free buckwheat and hemp cereal and generously donated hot-off-the-line boxes at the conference we'd both attended.

I sat cross-legged on the floor, looking defeatedly for any and all remaining spare compartments and air pockets in my suitcase. Over the previous couple of days we'd both amassed quite a mountain of samples, handouts, and freebies. I was determined bring it all home without having to check a bag (I _abhor_ checking bags!). 

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