holiday Tag

Whether you are throwing a party or attending one to celebrate the New Year, it's always good to start off the year with a few delicious appetizers, like these incredibly easy Hasselback Baby Potatoes.

The perfect holiday appetizer made to impress your guests and amuse your tastebuds. V,GF,T8Free

During this years' Christmas party, I made a batch Hasselback Potatoes for the first time using baby sized spuds. I barely had time after they came out of the oven to sneak a pic or 2 because they were gobbled up, right away.  Needless to say, I just had to make them again then again until finally, no one was around to eat them (except me and I may or may not have eaten 1 right out of the pan).

I tell you this because these little munchies made everyone happy!  Hubby, kiddos, guests...really everyone.  Because I only share the "hits" not "misses",  I was determined to get this recipe with you before New Years Eve.  Then I realized...tomorrow is NYE!!! WOW.  SO in order to get this out in a timely manner, this is going to be short and sweet.  Sorry.... no long stories, no wordy explanations, just pictures and this Hasselback Baby Potato recipe.   You have parties to get to anyways, right?

Pomegranate Orange Pancakes with deliciously sweet Orange-Maple Glaze are packed with zesty & bright flavors, and are incredibly light and fluffy (thank you aquafaba)

Beautiful & elegant pancakes, bursting with flavors of orange and fresh pomegranate. I have made a LOT of pancake recipes in my day, like Italian pancakes, fluffy blender pancakes, berry smoothie pancakes, gluten-free pumpkin spice pancakes, banana corn pancakes, even chocolate chip pancakes but these Pomegranate Orange Pancakes with Orange-Maple Glaze are by far my favorite. Made with fresh orange juice, seasonal pomegranate and spiked with orange zest, they actually taste refreshing.  Who would have thought, A REFRESHING pancake recipe during the winter!

Rich & decadent chocolate cake, layered with sweet coconut icing & drizzled in chocolate ganache.

The most amazing Gluten free & allergy friendly German Chocolate cake around! Ummmm, chocolate!  I have always associated chocolate with the holidays. Chocolate chip cookies for Santa, hot chocolate by the fireplace, milk chocolate candies in pretty boxes, and then there is chocolate cake.  But not just any cake, rich & decadent German Chocolate Cake with that sweet & sticky coconut glaze to be exact.  Doesn't the sound of that bring a smile to your face?  And you haven't even had a bite yet.  Well, we're going to fix that! 

  Tis the season for gift giving! I hope you had a yummy Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time off celebrating with those you hold dear.  For many of us, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the shopping madness, and I just had to share my favorite gift ideas for those who love to cook, love to eat, and love to host.  SO basically all things food and as always, allergy-friendly.   Hopefully my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the food-allergy foodie will give you some fun ideas .  I know I had fun making this list and crossing my fingers that I get a few of these too :)  .

Looking for a quick treat to make your guests this holiday season?  Look no further because I have an incredibly easy, deliciously creamy, SunButter pumpkin pie  that you'll want to be making.

It actually started out as a non-peanut butter fudge that just didn't turn out solid enough.  But what it did have, was this wonderfully sweet and decadent flavor that I just couldn't resist.  Then that little light bulb in my head went off and all I could think of was remaking it as a pie filling!  And "wha-la" an allergy-friendly, top 8 free, gluten-free & vegan dessert. Are you ready to get baking? 

"What I say is that, if a man really like potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow." A.A. Milne

Even though I make mashed potatoes throughout the year, Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without it. However, most recipes are loaded with butter & creams, which make it taste amazing but not healthy or allergy-friendly. So what if i told you that I had a healthier version.... a deliciously creamy, healthier version? Last year, I experimented a bit by making mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes and although it does taste perfectly fine, it just wasn’t the same.  Like when you know you're eating something healthy, but you’re still secretly wishing it was the real thing.  So I decided to mix the cauliflower in with the potatoes and you know what, it's the best darn Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes you’ll ever have.

Do you know how to make a red velvet cookie even better?  Dip it in chocolate! 

Facing food allergies can be a challenge but it shouldn't mean you have to go without. So in 2011, a few years after Xander's diagnosis, I was inspired to write an ebook called Sweet Cheats. It is filled with tasty desserts and sweet treats that are all dairy, egg and nut free! You can check it out in the link but keep in mind, the pictures aren't great (well before I really knew how to do food photography) but the recipes are delicious!

Sometimes I forget about that book and the recipes in there but then it dawned on me, I've only included one of those in this blog!  Crazy right? Especially since those are some of our most loved desserts.  Like these Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Cookies, those are #1 on Xander's MUST EAT LIST.