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Hanukkah Menu

Posted on November 29, 2010

Wow, Thanksgiving is barely over and it’s time for Hanukkah already!  I’m planning the festivities for the first night of Hanukkah (it’s this Wednesday night) if you can believe that.

I’m not in the habit of buying much Hanukkah paraphernalia and such for my boys, I like to keep this holiday simple and on point, which is a celebration of light during the darkest time of the year.

This year we will go on Heifer International and they’ll each get to buy […]

Gluten Free Thanksgiving 2010

Posted on November 17, 2010

I’ve had so much fun over the last few weeks making various Thanksgiving dishes and dinners for my family –we’ve had several mini-Thanksgiving celebrations to date in preparation for the below menu.  So, as you can imagine, the following are my favorites.  I have compiled these gluten free dishes into one big, healthy, delicious Thanksgiving menu.  I hope you all enjoy these dishes as much as we have.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Yom Kippur Break Fast

Posted on September 17, 2010

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. Fasting begins 20 minutes before sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. 

Over here, we’re getting ready.  As you can see from the menu below, we enjoy breaking our fast in a lighter way –we’re not into the typical bagel and lox break fast with numerous rich and gooey desserts to follow.  In our house, soup is very soothing […]

Rosh Hashanah Menu

Posted on September 7, 2010

We had a great Labor Day weekend with lots of festivities.  In fact, my older son turned 12 during the weekend and we celebrated in various ways with lots of his friends.  It was an absolutely delightful time.
Now, though, it’s a bit of a zany week; a 2 day work week, given that Monday was a holiday and that Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday evening at sundown.  We will be in synagogue Thursday and Friday, so there is an extra lot […]

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Posted on September 3, 2010

It’s been a super busy week over here at Elana’s Pantry.  The boys are back in school and I’m working on a couple of fun holiday articles for different magazines. In between all of that, I’m hoping to attend some fun holiday gatherings this weekend and have been looking through my recipes to figure out what to make.

Here’s a little roundup of my favorite gluten free recipes for the Labor Day holiday.

salads and sides
asparagus basil salad
cucumber salad
fruit salad
applesauce
avocado dip
bbq sauce
squash […]

Passover Menu

Posted on March 29, 2010

My mother and father will be spending Passover with us and I am really looking forward to it.  Mom and I will be in the kitchen all day today preparing for our gluten free Seder –she has celiac too, as do my older son, sister and mother-in-law.  Gluten free is a family affair for us.

Here’s what we’ll be making for Passover 2010.  Pretty much my standard Passover Seder menu.

Charoset
Maror
Matzoh Ball Soup
Chipotle Orange Chicken
Carrot “Kugel”
Coconut Macaroons
Passover Torte

Looking for a gluten free […]

Purim Roundup

Posted on February 26, 2010

Purim is here! One of my favorite festivals (it’s not a holy day) Purim is a wonderful time to gather together with family and friends.

For those that aren’t familiar, Purim, (like so many other Jewish holidays and festivals) involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent redemption to “freedom” and much feasting. Hooray for freedom and feasting! Hooray for Jewish celebrations!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a Purim Party at our house during which […]

Christmas Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 22, 2009

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Christmas recipes.  We’ve been going wild with the Star Cookies lately, pulling out all of our cookie cutters and making them in every possible shape, then frosting them with the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting.  The boys (and I) are having a blast.

I’ve been taking it easy this week and spending a lot of time reading –books that is.  I usually find myself just trying to keep up with the Boulder Daily Camera […]

Hanukkah Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 7, 2009

Hanukkah begins this Friday at sundown.  My older son is sitting next to me as I write up this post.  As I read the text out loud, he exclaimed, “Really?!”  He’s getting into the Hanukkah spirit and you can too with this yummy little gluten free, higher protein holiday menu below.

I’m looking forward to whipping up a batch of Squash Latkes and Homemade Apple Sauce this Friday and lighting our menorah.

Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes
Kale with Cranberries
Butternut Squash Latkes
Raw […]

Appetizers for a Holiday Party

Posted on December 4, 2009

Big news in the gluten free world. The Denver Post has named The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook one of the best cookbooks of 2009.

The reason I find this to be somewhat amazing is that some people out there look down on gluten free; some have even told me that  gluten free food has a “stigma” attached to it. So for my little old book to be included with “regular” cookbooks, seems like a bit of a breakthrough.

Along these […]

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Posted on November 24, 2009

Much chaos prevails as we prepare for another yummy high protein, healthy, gluten free Thanksgiving with loved ones.  I have put together a list of some of my favorite gluten free Turkey Day recipes, our fall favorites, just for you.  Enjoy the day!

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Starters
– Butternut Squash Soup
– Yellow Split Pea Soup with Smoked Paprika
– Cranberry Walnut Bread

Entrees
– Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing
– Chipotle Orange Chicken

Condiments
– Gravy
– Cranberry Sauce
– Raw Cranberry Relish

Cooked Vegetables
– Kale with Cranberries
– […]

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Posted on September 17, 2009

Rosh Hashanah is tomorrow at sundown and although I’m a tad behind in my planning, we are getting ready.  Thus far, I have put together the below menu.  I’ve been perusing Claudia Roden’s The Book of Jewish Food for additional ideas, as she is one of my favorite cookbook authors.  Of all time.

Although I will not be making the challah that is listed below, I thought others might enjoy using this recipe for the holiday.  I think the recipe […]

July Fourth Recipe Roundup

Posted on July 3, 2009

-photo from rr_rocketman on Flickr

Just in case any of you are looking for more recipes for your July Fourth celebrations, here are some wonderful dishes from several of my favorite food bloggers:

Starters
Joey’s Kicked Up Rockin’ Guacamole with Lime + Tomatillos from Karina’s Kitchen
Veggie Dishes/Salads
Cucumber and Red Onion Salad from The Nourishing Gourmet
How to Grill Zucchini from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Broccoli Slaw from Smitten Kitchen
Raw Mediterranean Salad from Brigitte Mars
Main Dishes
Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, Caper, and Parsley Relish from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Scallops […]

Fourth of July Barbecue

Posted on July 1, 2009

I’ve had several people request Fourth of July picnic and barbecue menus from me in the last week.  Here’s a simple assortment of easy dishes that you can make for a fun fourth.

Gluten Free Fourth of July Menu
Iced Tea
Crudite with Sesame Dip
Mixed greens with Green Goddess Dressing
Simple Fruit Salad
Hot Dogs
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

I still haven’t quite decided what we’ll be doing for our Fourth of July festivities, though with the boys at prime fireworks viewing age, […]

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

Posted on May 19, 2009

Here are some easy recipes for a gluten-free Memorial Day barbecue.

This year we are laying low on Memorial Day Weekend.  The boys are going to run in the Bolder Boulder race and then we’ll probably hang out after that.  No big plans for a barbecue or any type of festivities, we are just hoping to recover from our little league baseball fatigue.  We have a game every night of the week (and weekend) usually during dinner time, so I am […]

Gluten Free Mother’s Day Recipes

Posted on May 6, 2009

Here’s a recipe round-up for a healthy high protein, gluten free Mother’s Day brunch.  This is a brunch menu that won’t leave you with the dreaded brunch bloat and hangover afterwords.

I haven’t figured out what we’ll be doing for Mother’s Day yet, though I do know that we don’t have any baseball games scheduled so it will be a nice and hopefully fairly lazy day.  Maybe the four of us will take a walk down by the creek.

Usually we plant […]

Passover Recipes

Posted on March 27, 2009

Passover is right around the corner.  Given that I’m extra busy with the boys (they have the week off for spring break) I still haven’t settled upon exactly what we’ll be having for our rapidly approaching Seder meal.

Below is a rough idea of what I have in mind at this point.  I may do a Chicken Marbella style dish for our entree, though need to experiment with that a bit more.  I’m also thinking of grilled broccoli tossed in fresh […]

Gluten Free Superbowl Party Recipes

Posted on January 29, 2009

I’m not one to get swept up in all the Superbowl mania. I do however have a great list of gluten free recipes for all you sports fans out there. These Superbowl recipes are healthy, wholesome and of course, gluten free.

Gluten Free Superbowl Recipes

Veggie Snacks
Avocado Spread
Smoked Paprika Almonds
Butternut Squash French Fries
Turkey Chili
Almond Butter Blondies
Macadamia Caramel Clusters

I hope you enjoy these guilt free, game day finger foods while rooting for your favorite team!

New Years Eve Recipes

Posted on December 30, 2008

While I enjoy the holidays, I do frequently find New Year’s to be a bit of a let down.

Though I must confess, last year New Year’s Eve was a wild bacchanalian affair.  We went to a 70’s party with our friends Peter and Patrice.  Everyone (except the 4 of us) were, to our surprise, in costume.  Somehow Peter’s brother had found out in advance that this soiree was a costumed event and he wore crazy polyester bell bottoms and stuffed […]

Christmas Dinner Menu

Posted on December 23, 2008

-photo from this chicken on Flickr

I have read so many articles this year about how the economy is impacting Christmas.  How people are not spending as much money and buying as many presents for children and loved ones.

For me, the holiday season is not about the stuff, it’s about quality time.  Taking the time to hang out with friends and family.  Of course, I do enjoy making festive meals this time of year and feel blessed to be able to […]