holiday gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard to Buy for People on Your List

Here is my holiday gift guide for the hard to buy for person or people on your list.  We all have that person on our list that essentially has everything they need/ want or a family member that lives far away so you don't know exactly what to get them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, because I have way too many hard to buy for people on my list.   For those recipients that love fruit you can always do a fruit of the month club, but my particular favorite fruit this time of year are navel oranges from is Pearson Ranch. When I used to live in New York City I found the winter months to be the most difficult time for me, one problem was the fact that I could never find great fruit. I started doing some online research and I came across Pearson Ranch. I love their California navel oranges. [caption id="attachment_1494" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Pearson Ranch Navel Oranges[/caption] Another website that I like to find gifts is the MOMA store.  They have a great selection of fun deals under $50.  These items are very high design, high concept, so they will always have great impact.  Whether it's a large...Read More

Gluten Free Spritz Cookies- Christmas Edition

In case you missed my very first recipe and blog post in February of this year Gluten Free Spritz Cookies, I'm here to share it for you again for Christmas.  Baking cookies for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do, it calms me down and I love to give them away as gifts to friends and family.  Well I've been at it again, like I have been every year since my early teens and here are the results.  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas/ Holiday Season!! Gluten Free Spritz Cookies- Christmas Edition 1½ cups butter1 cup sugar1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder1 egg1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon almond extractteaspoon grated orange peel3½ cups Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour¾ teaspoon xanthan gum¼ teaspoon saltDecorative sugar Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer set on medium for about 30 seconds. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined.In a separate bowl, combine gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed until combined.Pack the dough into a cookie press. If it’s too sticky, put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden.Place...Read More

Gluten Free Holiday Meals and Entertaining

[caption id="attachment_1136" align="alignright" width="500"] Table setting Thanksgiving 2014[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1134" align="alignright" width="500"] Thanksgiving 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1137" align="alignright" width="500"] fresh gluten free pumpkin pies[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1135" align="alignright" width="500"] Gluten free Pao de Quejo[/caption] I love having friends and family over for the holidays, but gluten free holiday meals can seem daunting.  We usually have one or two orphans(someone who isn't able go home for the holidays) and some family over for the holidays.  Our gatherings are usually pretty small, because our families are spread out all over the US, so getting everyone in the same room over a holiday is pretty impossible.   Entertaining does give me an excuse to set the table beautifully, bring out the nice serving platters, utensils, etc, but when you're making food for lots of non-gluten free people, you don't want them to feel like they're missing out.  When I do have people over I usually make everything gluten free....I used to buy pre-made non gluten free stuffing, but everyone usually liked my homemade gluten free version so now I only make everything gluten free. In past years, I've ordered partially prepared meals and picked them up.  In Los Angeles, my go-to is Whole Foods.  I like "Thanksgiving food", turkey,...Read More