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New Gluten-Free Recipes for Halloween from Elana's Pantry

Thank you to Elana Amsterdam for these guest recipes. Check out her website, Elana’s Pantry, and her books for more scrumptious gluten-free delights. Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake Ingredients 1 medium pie pumpkin, acorn squash or butternut squash (how-to roast squash) 1 quart whole milk yogurt, strained overnight or up to 24 hours (discard whey) ½ cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon celtic sea... read more

Gingerbread Molasses Cookies

The weather is nippy and crisp and these super duper cookies sound great to me. I’m going to make a batch. Fresh ginger root and molasses and teff flour (say what?) give these chewy cookies many flavor tones.  Teff flour is one of the base ingredients for injera – that stretchy bread that comes with Ethopian food.  Teff is also high in iron content for a grain.   Maybe all that iron, calcium and B vitamins will help Jane get her voice back?  For the printable recipe, go here.     About Cynthia Lair Cynthia... read more

Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce with Mascarpone

(Steve solves the puzzle) Sexy pear halves take a bath in pomegranate juice than the deep red juice is reduced down to make a syrupy topping. Steve knows how to please.  These make a sweetheart Valentine’s Day dessert.  For printable recipe click here.     About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, School of... read more

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

(Is Robert Plant organic?) Strawberry and rhubarb together make a stairway to heaven.  Watch and you’ll see what we mean. The oat nut topping is quite versatile; it can also be pressed into a crust.  It can be made with gluten free flour too! Need to print the recipe? Click here. About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr... read more

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

(Steve friends an old flame) Steve reminisces while making this heavenly flour-free dessert. Coconut, honey, egg white and baking chocolate are all you need. Gluten-free. Need the recipe?  Click here. About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, School of Natural Medicine. She is the author of Feeding the Whole... read more

Connecting Cultures through Cookies

Peiling, Stock Free Images Here’s a fun story to help non-Muslim children learn about Eid al-Fitr – the celebration taking place at the end of the Ramadan fast.  In Indonesia, this celebration is called Lebaran, or Idul Fitri. This story is based in part on my experience living in a one room house with a family of 6 Indonesians for 4 months in a remote village in West Kalimantan. Together with my host family, I baked (and mostly ate) countless Lebaran cookies. What similarities can your child find to how your family celebrates special... read more

Almond Flour Cookies

Recently I’ve been cutting down on grains and I LOVE this Almond Flour Cookie recipe. There are few things better than enjoying a crunchy, chewy cookie with a cup of tea on a rainy night. If you bake or cook with almond flour you already know how pricy it can be. I get around this by making my own from whole or sliced almonds. Just make sure they’re peeled. When you buy them in bulk at your local health food store, you’ll save big time. No need to purchase almond flour from Amazon or spend $11 on a little bag at Whole Foods. The most important thing to... read more

Jack-O'-Lantern Cookies

Have some sweet and spooky fun with these great natural Jack-O'-Lantern cookies for Halloween. How: Make the spelt cookie recipe (listed below) Roll out dough and cut into pumpkin shapes Bake cookies and let cool Make yam frosting recipe (listed below) Spread the yam frosting on the cookies to color your jack o' lanterns orange Use black and green icing, or use raisins, for the eyes, nose, mouth, and stem (natural food coloring ideas) Enjoy your festive Halloween cookies!   Spelt Cookie Recipe 1 cup butter1 cup honey or sugar4 egg yolks¼ cup rice, soy or... read more

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