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The Year in Review

Posted on December 31, 2014

This year was full of surprises. Not the type that I was expecting. At all. As I mentioned in my “When Things Fall Apart” post, the traffic on this website, Elana’s Pantry, skyrocketed to over 900,000 unique monthly visitors, which was a good thing. Unfortunately, I had not scaled the site for such a high volume of traffic and so it crashed. And crashed. And crashed. Which was not a good thing.

I did not handle the stress well at all, […]

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle During the Holidays

Posted on December 22, 2014

I love the holidays. I find it especially rewarding to slow down when everything around me is speeding up. I love going for long walks on the empty streets of our neighborhood when the malls are packed, or wandering on trails in the woods with the (almost) silent sound of wind whistling in my ears.

I’m not a total grinch though! I love giving gifts to friends, family, and non-profit organizations, and I enjoy getting into the holiday spirit on a […]

10 Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter

Posted on November 27, 2014

Is it cold outside? Well guess what folks –I have 10 hot drinks to keep you warm this winter! These delicious hot healing beverages will heat you up from the inside out. I like to sit by a window and watch the snow fall with one of these nice hot drinks in my hand to keep me extra cozy.

With warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger, you’ll find these hot drinks nourishing and restorative. The warming spices in them also […]

10 Paleo Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Posted on November 21, 2014

Since I started this blog in 2006 I’ve created tons of easy dessert recipes. Dessert is my favorite part of any meal. Since Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I figured what could be better than dessert recipes for Thanksgiving? Only one thing –Paleo Thanksgiving dessert recipes!

These Paleo dessert recipes are perfect for after Thanksgiving dinner and will round out your Thanksgiving menu because while they look stunning and impressive on your table, they are actually easy recipes. The […]

Red Kuri Squash

Posted on October 28, 2014

Red kuri squash (also referred to as kari squash), is a brightly colored orange winter squash. It looks like a small teardrop shaped pumpkin without the thick ridges. It is part of the Hokkaido pumpkin family. If you’re wondering how to do holiday baking with fresh pumpkin, this is for you!

This year I’ve fallen in love with red kuri squash. First, its flavor is incredible. The flesh of this squash is slightly sweet with a hint of rich nuttiness, and […]

10 Paleo Pumpkin Recipes

Posted on October 22, 2014

When I think of fall, I think of pumpkins. That’s why I put together the below list of my favorite 10 Paleo Pumpkin Recipes. With everything from a Paleo Pumpkin Bars to Paleo Pumpkin Pie, you’ll love these healthy pumpkin recipes! As for me? I can’t help but smile when I look at a bright orange pumpkin. When I’m baking with one? I’m even happier.

I love the rich, nutty flavor, and soft, meaty flesh of freshly baked pumpkins and winter […]

Favorite Passover Ingredients

Posted on April 12, 2014

Over the years many of you have asked for a list of my favorite Passover ingredients. Well here you go –a rundown of the products that will make your grain-free Passover a breeze.

These are the items I have come to depend on for making my Passover Seders since 1998 –the year I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve had gluten, or chametz for that matter! I’ve been kosher for Pesach for close to […]

Tzimmes

Posted on September 10, 2013

Paleo tzimmes –traditional Jewish fare that tastes great and is healthy to boot.

A while back my mother-in-law asked me to create a tzimmes dish for the Jewish holidays; it was a comment from Shari in NC that spurred me towards fulfilling that wonderful request.

I made tzimmes for our Rosh Hashanah dinner a few days ago and my family loved it so much that I’ll be making it again for Yom Kippur.

There are several ways to make tzimmes, though most often […]

Paleo Rosh Hashanah Menu

Posted on August 29, 2013

Pack this year’s Rosh Hashanah dinner table with Paleo goodness.

Are you wondering what to serve for the Jewish High Holidays? Are you looking for gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free or Paleo options for your Rosh Hashanah meal?

Below is a Paleo Rosh Hashanah menu that will suit a variety of guests with a cornucopia of food allergies and intolerances. And from my experience, Jews seem to have as many, or more digestive issues and food intolerances than most other folks. So if you’re […]

Paleo Easter Desserts

Posted on March 26, 2013

Healthier desserts for your Easter celebration.

Our holiday is Passover, and accordingly, I have a list of Paleo Passover recipes. However, since many of our friends celebrate Easter, I have put together a list of Paleo Easter dessert recipes. Of course, you may wish to be a super duper caveman and simply dine on ham and veggies for your Easter celebration. If that’s your preference, then just navigate away from this post right now.

For those of you looking for something sweet […]

Paleo Valentine’s Day Recipes

Posted on February 7, 2013

You can ? Paleo treats on Valentine’s Day (as well as any other time of the year).

Here are my favorite Paleo Valentine’s Day recipes. I’m not much of a romantic, so I must confess that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite “holiday,” however, there is an upside, and that is chocolate.

The gluten-free, dairy-free Paleo recipes below are full of healthy ingredients such as coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, and dark chocolate. So give your loved ones some higher-protein treats […]

New Year’s Eve Finger Foods

Posted on December 28, 2012

New Year’s Eve Finger Foods are gluten-free, healthy, and best of all filling.

According to Wikipedia, an amuse-bouche (pronounced uh-MYUZ-boosh) is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre.

Literally, this term means amusement of the mouth. I’m putting together a list of amuse bouche finger foods that will amuse fingers, mouths and guests alike during your New Year’s Eve celebration.

10 Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes

Posted on December 11, 2012

Paleo Christmas Cookies –gluten-free, grain-free, healthy treats for the holidays.

I’ve got the Christmas cookie bug. The gluten-free Christmas cookie bug that is. Because the recipes that I’ve written on this blog for the past year or so have been Paleo (the ones prior to that are merely grain-free), I’ve gone back and retested a number of my classic gluten-free cookie recipes and reworked them so that they are now Paleo cookie recipes. Because I want you and yours to have […]

Sukkot

Posted on October 1, 2012

Photo by RonAlmog on Flickr; we eat in the sukkah during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Sukkot or Sukkos is the Jewish harvest festival. This holiday takes place on the 15th of the month of Tishrei (sometime between late September to late October), and occurs on the full moon (the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and many of our holidays start on the full moon).

The word sukkot literally means “booth” or “tabernacle” and the holiday is often referred to as the […]

Gluten Free Tu B’shevat

Posted on January 26, 2012

photo by tess_marie on flickr.com

What is Tu B’shevat you ask? Why it is the holiday of trees established by the Talmudic rabbis sometime between the 3rd to 5th century –the early part of the Middle Ages.

As the daughter of liberal Jewish activists (my parents met at a civil rights meeting in the 1960’s) I’ve always been really into this holiday which is described by wikipedia as follows:

Tu Bishvat is considered by secular Israeli Jews and organizations to be the Jewish […]

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on November 18, 2011

Make your Thanksgiving meal one of abundance AND health with these easy nutritious Paleo recipes.

A completely Paleo Thanksgiving menu –all gluten free, grain free and sugar free, including many delicious superfoods. Ten recipes for appetizers, salad, dinner, dessert and more.

For decades my father has said “eat the rainbow,” and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do just that. Each year, we have a variety of gorgeous, colorful dishes on the table, from the green of kale and brussel sprouts, to […]

Gluten Free Fourth of July Recipes

Posted on June 30, 2011

For our July 4th celebration this year I will be serving some of my favorite gluten free recipes (pictured above/listed below).  We will have a small gathering at our house with two other families, then we’ll hike up Mount Sanitas to watch the fireworks show.

My younger son is begging us to take him up to the mountains for July 4th.  However, my older son has a bunch of baseball practices prior to the All Star District Tournament, and these practices […]

Our Passover Seder

Posted on April 20, 2011

With the release date for my new book Gluten-Free Cupcakes, bearing down on me less than one week from today, I feel as though Passover really snuck up on me this year.  I did not post any Passover Menus, though do have ones from years past for those that might be looking for a good kugel recipe or some gluten free Gefilte Fish.

Gluten Free Easter Recipes

Posted on April 18, 2011

The spring holidays (Easter and Passover) mark my favorite time of year. The ground begins to thaw, buds make their way up through the soil and the ground comes alive again. Year after year, my garden is reborn after a deep sleep –signs of transformation abound. As everything in my yard wakes up, a renewed hope and the promise of abundance emerge as well. This lovely time of transformation is the perfect backdrop for Passover and Easter.

Since Easter is in less than a […]

Mishloach Manot

Posted on March 18, 2011

Image by koshercom on flickr

Mishloach Manot?  Shalloch Manos?  No, I am not speaking in tongues.  I am just speaking in Hebrew.  And Yiddish.

Every year to celebrate Purim, we have a little party (with Hamantaschen of course) and give mishloach manot to our friends.  Here’s Wikipedia’s official description of this “festive gift basket:”

Mishloach manot (pronounced “mish-LOH-ach mah-NOTE,” literally, “sending of portions”; also spelled mishloach manos and sometimes shortened to shalach manos), and also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food […]