Archives: Dessert

Sugared Cranberries

‘Tis the Season! These little delicacies pack a powerful sweet-tart flavor punch. Not only that, but they look awfully pretty in little holiday serving dishes. A little go a long way. The recipe is very easy, but it requires some READ MORE

Kourabiedes (κουραμπιές) Greek Festival Cookies – Gluten Free!

My mom made these delicious Greek Festival Cookies every Christmas. I used to sneak a half a dozen or so and hoard them, I mean, hide them, in our dining room buffet cabinet. I thought I was being so sneaky, READ MORE

Oh Baby! Homemade BabyCakes Donuts (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, No Refined Sugar)

This is something you CAN try at home. BabyCakes is a gluten free bakery in New York City. I was fortunate enough to accidentally come across the store when I was visiting my wonderful in-laws last Easter. I went a READ MORE

Three Ingredient, No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

I was craving my mom’s peanut butter balls that she always rolls out during the holiday season. These are very easy to make and fun to do with children. It doesn’t require any baking. After you mix the three ingredients READ MORE

Hot Apple Pie Calzone – Gluten Free

In a previous post, I mentioned how wonderful it was to find ready-made gluten free dough in my refrigerator section at the local supermarket. This apple pie is wrapped in the new Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough. Yum. READ MORE

Super Green Berry Sorbet – “Cool” idea for left-over morning smoothie!

After making my morning Super Green Berry Smoothie, I always seem to have almost a full serving left over. It’s a hot day here and I thought it would be great to save for later. The problem with that is READ MORE

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

*Updated – 8/14/2012* There is no 12-step program for this addiction. My wonderful neighbor and friend has started texting me mid-day on a weekly basis, “Hey, I bought some more avocados. Will you make me that pudding?” So, I’m not READ MORE

NFCA Pumpkin Snowball Cookies – Gluten Free!

I’m a huge fan of people getting in the kitchen and working recipes over and over until they get perfection. This week I am honored to post a recipe created by Cheryl McEvoy from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness! READ MORE

Dreamy Down-Home Chocolate Cake – Gluten Free

Just the fact that my non-caking liking friends actually raved about this was validating, but even better when they didn’t believe it was gluten free. The inspiration for this came from my Arkansas’s family cookbook because I was craving a READ MORE

Summertime Cherry Almond Oatmeal Crisp – Gluten Free

My twin sister and her daughter love to eat fresh cherries by the bowl. I know that the cherry happens to be one of summertime’s best representatives of “nature’s candy,” but getting the pit out can be, well…the pits. Turns READ MORE

Blueberry, Banana and Almond Sundae

This is the home I found for my fresh blueberry syrup today… because what  ice cream doesn’t love a warm syrup? Truth be told, it didn’t need a home. I could have just sat down with the saucepan and a spoon READ MORE

“What else can I put this on?” Blueberry Syrup

Everyone needs a little fresh blueberry syrup in their life. Summertime is just about upon us and their are many fresh berries ripe for the picking (or “picking” out of your local grocery store or farmer’s market). The hardest part READ MORE

Coconut Chocolate Ganache Cake

A funny thing happened on the way to making Easter bunny cakes… Turns out that no one in my family wanted their Easter bunny cakes covered in coconut. How is that possible? I mean, Almond Joy and Mounds figured out READ MORE

House Warming Hot Apple Cinnamon Crisp

If you work within 200′ of my office, do I have a deal for you today!  The story goes like this… One of my very favorite friends who has been through a housing nightmare finally, finally, finally found this amazing READ MORE

Delicious Fruit and Almond Butter Smoothie – RAW


During my gluten free cooking class at Cups La Jolla in December, I met Joy Houston of The Rocking Raw Body. She has a two week raw cleanse program, as well as three books on eating healthy (not all raw).  What READ MORE

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – For your pumpkin cakes!


This past Saturday I had an opportunity to conduct a gluten free baking class at Cups La Jolla alongside Chef Jesus Gonzalez (formerly Creative Chef at Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door Spas).It was a terrific event, and the time READ MORE

Homemade Cranberry Pie – Gluten Free!


My kitchen has become a “make the best pie crust” test kitchen. In the midst of my experiments, this delicious, super easy cranberry pie filling evolved. First, the pie crust is a modified version of Bette Hagman’s Vinegar Pastry Pie READ MORE

Easy Bake Chocolate Cherry Cake


I know. I know. It’s the “morning after” (Thanksgiving) and I really should be posting nothing but a glass of room temperature water with lemon and talking about a “cleanse.” Alas, you’re getting a super easy and delicious recipe for READ MORE

Domino Cookies -White Chocolate Chips Meet Dark Cocoa Cookie


In celebration of having my kitchen back after a very long week of flooring installation, the first thing I baked was cookies! And they are not just any cookie; they are my melty ooey gooey “Domino Cookies.” I did them READ MORE

Making Whoopie…Pies – Gluten Free!


Was there ever a love in your life that just didn’t love you back in quite the same way? You know, where the feeling wasn’t exactly mutual? Yet, you continue on, knowing that one of you is in love, and READ MORE

Tami’s Millionaire Squares – Gluten Free


: There is just nothing better than having family nearby. Of course, not one family member lives within a 1000 mile radius of us, but they seem to be everywhere I visit. Maybe that’s not a coincidence. I just love READ MORE

Naked Pumpkin Cake – The Best in the West – Gluten Free

*Revised 12/7/2013 – Recipe now calls for vegetable oil instead of canaola oil and increased cinnamon to 1 1/2 Tbsp. Also adjusted flour to 1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour and 1/2 cup almond flour.* Do you have one READ MORE

Gluten Free “Must Have” Sugar Cookie Mix


Over the years, I have made gluten free sugar cookies from scratch, and I have tried gluten free sugar cookie mixes. The ‘Cause Your Special company was one of the very first all-gluten free mix providers. We go way back. READ MORE

Semi-semifreddo Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich with Strawberry Compote – Gluten Free


So, I had all of these wonderful King Arthur Gluten Free Brownies that I’d just made and I suddenly got a craving for ice-cream sandwiches. As I was going for the ice-cream, I noticed all of the fresh strawberries in READ MORE

Gluten Free Brownies from a pseudo-California Hippie in King Arthur’s Court


Two of my favorite moms who cook gluten free for their beautiful son have recommended King Arthur Flour and baked goods to me several times. What can I say? I’m a bit slow sometimes to come around to trying new READ MORE

Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches by Julie’s and Glutenfreeda


I’d like to start with a large round of applause for Julie’s and Glutenfreeda getting their wonderful organic ice cream married up with a chocolate cookie. All gluten free and fabulous. Cue the canned sitcom applause!! (I need to get READ MORE

The “Gotta Work Out Twice Now” Red Velvet Cake – Gluten Free!


If I hadn’t actually made this, I wouldn’t have believed it was gluten free. To this day I have not seen a gluten free cake this big…nor this moist.  I have to give credit to one of the new cookbooks READ MORE