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Gathered Table

Posted on October 8, 2014

Gathered Table is an incredibly dynamic electronic meal planning service that you don’t want to miss out on! Founded by my friend Mary Egan, (pictured above with Michael Pollan) it is the culmination of her Ivy League MBA, decades in the business world, and her experience as a busy, working mother of three children. Mary is the ultimate multitasker! Gathered Table is the brainchild of Mary’s creativity and efficiency all wrapped up in one incredible product.

I met Mary on the […]

What a Year

Posted on December 31, 2013

Whirlwind dancing at my older son’s Bar Mitzvah; my amazing father is just behind me to the left.

Wow. This has been an incredible year or so. In just 15 months time I threw two Bar Mitzvahs (one for each of my darling boys), built a new house, and wrote another book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. I do not recommend grouping these projects together into just over one year’s time to anyone. It was amazing fun, and also incredibly exhausting.

First, […]

Is a Cookbook Missing from Your Shelf?

Posted on August 8, 2012

Photo by Pamela Greer on

This is a post about you, not me. Along those lines, I have some questions, I want to get to know you better. To find out what you like, and also what you need.

Why? I’m thinking of writing another cookbook. For the past ten years, I’ve had cookbook writing on the brain. And in the past four years I’ve created two of them. Now, I’m entertaining the idea of writing a third book. If I […]

Making Changes

Posted on February 22, 2012

First, I want to thank you all for being part of this community. It’s been such a wonderfully nourishing experience for me have this website and be able to share recipes and tips for good living with all of you.

However, there is another side to running a website. Like everyone in this age of information overload, I’m looking at working better and smarter. Doing more with less. As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting quite as often. I’ve […]

Michael Ruhlman: Why I Cook

Posted on January 8, 2011

I heard the fabulous Michael Ruhlman speak at Blogher Food 2010 in San Francisco last year.  He was inspiring, honest and accessible.  His love of, and knowledge of, food is vast.  A couple years ago, Ruhlman wrote a piece on his blog outlining all of the reasons he cooks.  He encouraged others to do so as well.  Here’s my go at it.

Why do I cook?  Well, as Ruhlman stated, in this day and age, it is self-defense.  Goodness only knows […]


Posted on December 2, 2010

Hanukkah oh Hanukkah come light the menorah! Let’s have a party we’ll all dance the horah! Hanukkah is the festival of lights. During this time, the darkest time of year, we celebrate the miracle of light, and it is a holiday that I enjoy ever so much.

In Judaism, Hanukkah is merely a minor festival; our big holidays, or “holy days” are Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Hanukkah lasts 8 days and involves the nightly lighting of the Menorah (referred to also as a Hanukiah). What […]

All About Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Posted on October 8, 2010

Wow.  Thanks for your generous response to the announcement of my forthcoming book Gluten-Free Cupcakes!

I very much appreciate all of your comments and am really happy about having the opportunity to answer some of these questions directly.

Everyday Chef Challenge: Final Round of Voting!

Posted on October 7, 2010

Here’s a big thank you to everyone who voted for my Thai Vegetable Soup recipe (pictured above) in the Pacific Foods Everyday Chef Challenge! * I’m now in the finals thanks to all of you!

Whose Recipes are they Anyway?

Posted on March 26, 2010

Did you know that recipes are not copyrightable?  It is very challenging to copyright a recipe.  That said, I have found that 99.99% of food bloggers and others in the industry give credit where it is due.  On that note, I especially enjoy Lillian’s interpretation of my recipes via video on her site Lillian’s Test Kitchen.  And kudos go to all the other bloggers out there doing what Lillian does day in and day out.

Unfortunately, sometimes things can go awry […]

Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free – Grain Free Cakes

Posted on November 30, 2009

Sorry about all the comment confusion. Comments are now open!

It was wonderful to host November’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free blog carnival with the theme of grain free cakes. I really enjoyed seeing other people’s photographs of my recipes. And more than that, I’m very much looking forward to making some of the delicious dishes by all of you featured below. I have a lot of baking to do now that this is posted, getting […]

Surprise! What’s in the Mail Today?

Posted on November 17, 2009

I receive quite a few emails each day.  In fact, one of my biggest internal debates is how to read everything (I’ve given up on responding) and still maintain life outside computerland.

You see, I don’t think computers are necessarily the best thing for my health.  And yet.  They are so much fun.  And so very efficient.  It is an ambivalent love affair that I have with the lovely little laptop that sits upon my desk.  So, I make it a […]

Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! Cupcakes

Posted on October 30, 2009

I am more than happy to be hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten Free!, blog carnival!

For this month’s theme, I’ve chosen grain free cakes and cupcakes.  I’m really looking forward to all of the delectable gluten free, grain free treats that people will submit for November.

And of course, I want to take a moment to thank the lovely Naomi from for asking me to do this.  I think we all will have a lot of fun with this […]

Blogher Food 2009

Posted on October 1, 2009

Gluten free friends, Diane, Elana, Jean, Seamaiden and Alison, hanging out at the Blogher Food 2009 cocktail party; where is Shirley?

Blogher Food 2009 was absolutely fantastic.  First, I had a blast speaking on a panel about Best Blogging Practices with Kalyn, Michele and Lolo.  More than that though, it was amazing to meet all of my cyber-friends in person.  Now your messages have a tangible reality to them and I see your faces as I read them, which gives me […]

Boulder Bookstore Signing

Posted on September 16, 2009

Last night’s signing at the Boulder Bookstore was a blast.  First, because it is our local bookstore.  The boys and I walk down there and hang out skimming books at least once a week.  And last night was no different –we walked to the signing!

It was so special to talk about and sign my book just a few blocks from my house at the store we frequent regularly.  In fact, I feel a bit sentimental about it. I also really […]

The Culinary Institute of America

Posted on September 14, 2009

Here I am seated between Scott Uehlein, author of Nourish, Executive Chef at Canyon Ranch and Ann Whelan, Editor and Publisher of Gluten Free Living.

My last event in New York was a book signing at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for the Gluten Free Culinary Summit that was held there. The CIA has a gorgeous campus right on the Hudson River and I was more than thrilled to visit.

Now I’m back home with a big pot of chicken soup […]


Posted on September 13, 2009

Friday I took a much needed breather and spent the day with Grandma and Papa John at their place in upstate New York.  The first thing we did when we left the city was head on over to a health food store.  I grabbed every vegetable that would fit in the cart.

For me, that’s the one main thing I miss while traveling -vegetables. I can get good protein consisting of chicken, fish or eggs, however I usually need to order […]

NYC Book Party

Posted on September 11, 2009

Detritus from the NYC book party for The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (Mueseli Bread, fresh figs)

Last night’s book party, consisting of friends and colleagues, was absolutely amazing.

It was held at Alex and Kenny’s gorgeous apartment in Manhattan.  Alex is a dear old pal of mine from college; she and her husband Kenny were quite gracious in throwing such a lovely party for me.  It was more than wonderful to connect with many friends old and new and to use my […]

Book Signing #2

Posted on September 10, 2009

Another night another book signing.  Hooray!  This one was also super fun with a steady little trickle of people popping by the gorgeous Babcock Galleries in midtown Manhattan.

I want to give a huge thank you to John and Marylyn who arranged this event for me!  They have been super supportive about any and every aspect of my book, encouraging me all along the way.  Thanks so much to two of my favorite people.

Sara posing with my book by a sculpture […]

Book Signing #1

Posted on September 9, 2009

Well, book signing #1 went very well last night here in NYC at Friedman’s.  A steady trickle of people popped in for the lovely little event.

So many thanks go to Kelly from for making the arrangements for the evening.  She is just fabulous!  I also want thank the lovely Vanessa at Friedman’s for inviting us into her gorgeous space.

Kelly from on the left, and Bernice from on the right.

It was a lot of fun to see people […]

New York Book Tour

Posted on September 1, 2009

photo from dynamist on flickr

I’m heading out to New York next week for some fun book related events where I’m hoping to meet some of you!  I have 3 signings scheduled at the below venues and an intimate party of close friends and associates that a dear friend from college is throwing for me at her apartment.

I would like to give special thanks to Friedman’s (looking forward to doing a signing in their super cool space at Chelsea Market, where […]