Dark Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

Am I the only one that gets a little teary-eyed at a number of Macklemore songs? His songs are just so inspirational and relatable…. Growing Up, Glorious, Same Love. I swear they could overlay any of these songs on a Lifetime movie or Olympic commercial and I would be a mess. (Update: they did, and I was.)  Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies”

Chai-Spiced Pear Cake (gf)

Gluten-Free Chai-Spiced Pear Cake
As a new-ish resident of the Bay Area, I am, for the first time, experiencing the chill of a Bay Area winter. Having grown up on California’s Central Coast, our winters were pretty mild at their worst. Let’s just say I spent these cold months in flip flops, and the first time I actually saw snow was during a trip to Tahoe a few years back.  Continue reading “Chai-Spiced Pear Cake (gf)”

Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies (gf)

Gluten-Free Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Just in time for your holiday baking weekend, I wanted to share a recipe for one of my favorite old-timey baked goods, iced oatmeal cookies. What kid doesn’t remember eating those iced Mother’s cookies straight from your lunchbox, or maybe it was a special treat when you went over to your grandma’s house. Either way, these cookies have a way of invoking nostalgia that will bring you all the warm fuzzies as you wrap (or to try rush Amazon Prime shipping) on those final gifts.  Continue reading “Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies (gf)”

Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie

Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie
You didn’t think I would forget about those gluten free neighbors out there this Thanksgiving, did you? I am still testing out the gluten-free world of pie, but have discovered this full-flavored, perfectly flakey, gluten-free classic pumpkin pie that will rival a floured version any day.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Classic Pumpkin Pie”

Rustic Apple Tart

Ihave been working to find my zen recently, and one practice I have taken away from my yoga sessions is that of gratitude. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful out loud. So what better way to express my gratitude for those in my life than with a Friendsgiving!? Nothing says thank you for being you like a heaping plate of homemade food, some booze, and a rustic apple tart. Continue reading “Rustic Apple Tart”

Pizza Friday

Gluten-Free Pizza Dough
TGIPF, thank goodness it’s Pizza Friday. Another week gone by just like that, and another reason to celebrate the glory that is Pizza Friday with this homemade gluten-free pizza dough.

Okay, so Pizza Friday really originated from the fact that my dear BF, Alex, and I had an insatiable craving for pizza every Friday night. We played the, “What do you want for dinner?” game for quite some time before we were just honest with each other and acknowledged that pizza was truly the only answer. Our relationship hit the next level when we came to this mutual understanding.

Living a gluten-free life provides its challenges, but pizza really is not one of them. The world must have also recognized the necessity of Pizza Friday and has supplied us gluten-intolerant beings with a multitude of options. Having taste-tested my way through the majority of chains and local joints, I have found a few favorites. Continue reading “Pizza Friday”

Persian Nougat (Gaz)

Persian Nougat Pistachios Gaz
What a beautiful season. So full of love and family and friends and food. And eating. I successfully stuffed myself with appetizers before Christmas Eve dinner, and there are exactly 2 boxes of chocolate, 2 trays of cookies, a loaf of Lithuanian nut bread, 2 pans of homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls, and an unlimited supply of hot chocolate in my family’s kitchen at this very moment. And those are just the sweets.

The holidays have been so wonderful for my entire family this year. I witnessed a proposal. Continue reading “Persian Nougat (Gaz)”

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts
Today is World Kindness Day. What a wonderful day. As a baker, I could not ask for a more perfect day to share my recipes or love of baking with all of you with this recipe for gluten-free apple cider donuts.

Sometimes life is hard. One of my favorite quotes comes from that wise old bearded philosopher, Plato. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts”

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
Did you know that I am going to be a godmother? And soon! My dearest and best friend and her husband are having their first child in early October. I’m taking this role very seriously. I asked if I could bring my wand to godmother class, but I guess this is frowned upon.

But seriously, how amazing it is to have your best friend literally ask you to become a part of their family. They must like me. Or maybe it’s the wand. In either case, I could not be more honored.

Their recent baby shower got me thinking about my favorite children’s book. Did anyone ever read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Continue reading “Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”