Chinese Radish Cake

Makes : about 50 1-inch cubes | Appetizers/Snacks Dairy Free , Vegetarian

In honor of the Chinese New Year, I’ve been at the stove creating several new gluten-free Asian recipes. Since the release of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen last fall, I backed off developing Asian recipes for a while, mostly to give my kids a break. (Ask any cookbook author what she’s currently working on and you’ll know what her family doesn’t want to see again for a year!) Of all the dishes I’ve been tinkering with, my favorite is this Chinese Radish Cake. Chinese Radish Cake, also known as Turnip Cake or Law Bok Gow, isn’t a […]

Red Curry Soup with Chicken and Rice Noodles

Makes : 4 servings | Soups/Stews Dairy Free , Soups/Stews

The thermostat inside my house currently reads a very chilly 58°. A winter storm knocked out our power last night, and 12 hours later it’s still not back. Sleeping wasn’t so bad; we bundled up with extra blankets and got a little cuddly, but once the sun came up this morning we were at a loss. My daughter and I passed some time with a rousing game of sevens, followed by a few hands of “go fish”. My son had absolutely no idea how to occupy himself without electronics during the two-hour delay before school […]

Eastern European-Style Mushroom and Buckwheat Soup

Makes : 4 servings | Soups/Stews Dairy Free , Soups/Stews

On almost any given day over the past few months, I’ve had a pot of soup simmering on my stove. Often it’s for me, but more likely than not I’m cooking up a brew for a sick friend or someone who needs a little boost. Soup nourishes and satisfies. It conveys warmth and comfort. Soup heals and hydrates. When I’m cooking for someone requiring nutritional support, I always make homemade bone broths and stocks, a satisfying yet time consuming effort. For everyday cooking, though, it’s entirely possible to whip up amazing homemade soup in short […]

Shaved Fennel and Parsley Salad

Makes : 4 servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

I’m having trouble getting back to work this week. After two weeks of holiday cheer, not to mention a month filled with parties and events, it’s hard to saddle up back at the desk. Staying gluten free over the holidays wasn’t much of a problem, but I always feel a bit off my game after so many heavy meals and a little more meat (and sugar) than usual. I welcome the new year with a tinge of excitement over getting healthier foods back on our table. One easy way to do this is by pulling […]


Makes : 10-12 appetizer servings | Appetizers/Snacks , Breakfast/Brunch Dairy Free

My husband and I have mixed roots–a little Irish, touch of Alsatian, maybe a bit of German–but there’s decidedly not even a hint of Scandinavian heritage on either side of the family. In spite of that, last weekend we celebrated what has become our favorite tradition of the holiday season: Swedish Christmas. About six years ago, our dear friend (and Stockholm native) Catarina was missing some of her native Christmas traditions, and invited a group of us to share this special night with her family. We’ve gathered together every year since, feasting on pickled herring […]

Chocolate Espresso Chewies

Makes : about 36 cookies | Desserts Dairy Free , Vegetarian

For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite holiday activities has always been the “cookie exchange”. There’s something so festive about leaving the house armed with a batch of cookies and returning with a dozen different types. (Not to mention the benefit to a self-admitted non-baker such as myself: bake one kind, enjoy many!) My daughter (then 5), an avid cookie lover, thought this idea was genius, so a few years ago we started hosting an annual cookie exchange for all the girls in her class and their moms. The girls decorate […]