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Celebrate: The Gluten-Free Holiday Table

14 December 2015

Just brushing off the sugar to stop by today to share my second e-cookbook of the holiday season: Celebrate: The Gluten-Free Holiday Table, which is available on amazon right here.

Celebrate is divided into five chapters: Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Desserts, and Cookies (because of course there must be lots and lots of cookies) — all naturally gluten-free. My intention was to create a(n electronic) volume that would serve as a template for any event you decide to host, be it a sumptuous brunch spread on Christmas morning, a New Year’s Eve feast, or a late afternoon tea and treats gathering with friends. I had so much fun gathering together my favorite festive recipes — look for an expanse of cookies from oatmeal-apricot cookies to chocolate chip cookies to airy chocolate cookies to ginger snaps — and imagining them guiding you through the last few weeks of the year. I hope you enjoy them, too.

This late fall desert sky has produced some pretty spectacular visuals of late and I’ve realized in the last month of moderate to cool temperatures what a psychological lift it is to not be experiencing that ultra high heat regularly. I took the fog and (often cold) breezes for granted in San Francisco, never imagining I’d one day live in the middle of a desert. I traded redwoods for palm trees, ocean sand for gritty dust that blows in through the doors I open religiously every day because if there’s one thing I am fond of it is outside air coming in (our windows don’t really open; long story). So we dust more and have learned to live with the dryness. These brilliant sunsets, clouds streaming across a moody sky, and colder mornings are the reward for getting through the other 7-8 months of the year.

I’ll be back next week with a lovely recipe for a Christmas stollen sparkling with lemon zest and full of cranberries and almonds tucked away into cozy pockets. Until then, happy planning and baking.