Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

date12.11.17

These cheese crostini with rosemary cranberry fig jam make wintry and festive easy appetizer for your holiday spread. Gluten-free baguette topped with melted Grand Cru, a homemade quick jam, and toasted walnuts. Plus a video on how to make it!

Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

Have you been to any holiday parties yet this year? Hosted one of your own? Like me, do you also feel like there’s something going on every day from now until the new year? My mom texted me what I wanted to make for Christmas dinner and I panicked because that’s still two weeks away. I told her to take last year’s menu and add these cheese crostini with rosemary cranberry fig jam. I recommend you do the same. And get extra Grand Cru cheese for snacking while you wrap presents.

These cheese crostini with cranberry fig jam are the second in a holiday video series in collaboration with Roth Cheese. First, we had cheesy pumpkin taquitos – a vegetarian main or side dish for your holiday spread. Now we’ve got your easy cheesy holiday appetizer covered too. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe and video! Both of these recipes use Roth’s Grand Cru, which I just found out is 50% off at Whole Foods this week as part of their 12 days of cheese sale so you better get there quickly. Stock up.

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Gluten-Free Cocoa Cranberry Crumble Bars

date12.04.17

Gooey vanilla cranberry jam layered between a rich cocoa cookie crust and pecan cocoa crumbles. These gluten-free cocoa cranberry crumble bars are the perfect wintry treat to serve up at holiday parties or deliver on platters to your neighbors – made in collaboration with Rodelle.

Gluten-Free Cocoa Cranberry Crumble Bars

These cocoa cranberry crumble bars officially marked the start of full-time holiday baking mode in our house. I delivered plates of these bars around the neighborhood last week. The holiday dessert platter is one of my fondest memories as a child – getting to taste all the treats our friends and neighbors were baking up was very exciting. It’s like ordering a cookie appetizer sampler! Now that it’s December, I’m basically baking all day, so my neighbors can expect a revolving door of treats from now until the New Year, starting with these cocoa cranberry crumble bars.

Except for that one neighbor who made the fatal mistake of turning down my cookie platter two years ago. They don’t get to try a single bar. (Who turns down a plate of holiday cookies?!)

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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

date11.27.17

Soft and pillowy gluten-free snickerdoodles. With a slightly crisp cinnamon-sugar coating and the classic cracked tops, these make the perfect cookie to dress up any holiday cookie plate.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

What was your favorite cookie growing up? In truth I liked all cookies (unless they had sweetened shredded coconut in them, in which case, get out of here). But my one true love was snickerdoodles. I don’t recall ever making them at home, so every time I ate a snickerdoodle it felt like a rare treat. That soft pillowy cookie enveloped in a cinnamon-sugar coating is pure bliss. I’ve been honing my gluten-free snickerdoodle recipe since last January and now that cookie season is in full force again, I’m finally sharing the recipe.

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Beet Cashew Hummus with Garlic Tahini Yogurt Swirl

date11.13.17

This vibrantly hot pink beet cashew hummus is the perfect make-ahead appetizer. Swirl in some garlic tahini yogurt and sprinkle with roasted almond za’atar and it’s all dressed up and ready to party!

Beet Cashew Hummus with Garlic Yogurt Tahini Swirl

It’s no secret that an invitation to dinner at our house comes with the expectation that food will be served an hour later than you arrive. I always intend on getting food on the table quickly, but between over ambitious cooking plans and a toddler rubbing sticky fingerprints on every surface of my kitchen, it just doesn’t happen. This is why I always need to prepare appetizers in advance to have on hand for grazing. And I want those appetizers to taste and look just as impressive as the rest of the meal, especially over the holidays. This beet cashew hummus with garlic tahini yogurt swirl is just that.

This recipe is the second post in a partnership series with OXO – first we made roasted potato pizza. In addition to a few of the OXO kitchen gadgets I already use frequently in my kitchen, they sent me a set of their smart seal glass round containers which inspired this make-ahead appetizer.

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Vanilla Bean Pear Persimmon Pie

date11.06.17

This vanilla bean pear persimmon pie deserves a feature on your holiday dessert table. Warm spiced pear and persimmon slices flecked with vanilla bean nestled into a buttery flakey vanilla gluten-free pie crust – in collaboration with Rodelle. Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Vanilla Bean Pear Persimmon Pie

I’m in charge of pie at Thanksgiving. This year I’m mixing up the dessert table with an extra-flakey gluten-free double-crusted pie. We’ll be serving scoops of vanilla ice cream over this vanilla bean pear persimmon pie.

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Raw Vegan Golden Milk Cheesecake

date11.01.17

Dress up your holiday dessert table with this raw vegan golden milk cheesecake made with cashews and flaked coconut with plenty of turmeric and ginger. Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream for a healthy but decadent dessert.

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I’ve been holding onto this raw vegan golden milk cheesecake recipe since I tested a version on a flavor craving whim and then teased it on Instagram back in March. I didn’t forget about it though – it’s been on my calendar as a holiday dessert ever since and I’ve been dying to remake and shoot its golden cloak once again. It feels just right for fall – bright flavors that somehow still feel warm and cozy. Made primarily of cashews and coconut flakes with a bit of maple syrup and spices, it’s basically health food. Breakfast cheesecake anyone?

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Chocolate Mint Matcha Cups

date10.26.17

Bittersweet chocolate enrobes soft pillowy matcha peppermint patties in these chocolate mint matcha cups. Perfectly wicked for your Halloween festivities or as a festive holiday edible gift!

Chocolate Mint Matcha Cups

Do you have Halloween plans yet? Are you dressing up? Carving pumpkins? Passing out candy? Buying candy “for trick-or-treaters” but plan to turn your porch lights out, hide in your bedroom, and eat it all yourself? (No judgement). Whether you’ve got a costume or a date with a tv, I highly recommend upgrading your candy stash to include these homemade chocolate mint matcha cups.

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Cheesy Pumpkin Taquitos with Roasted Jalapeño Pepita Crema

date10.23.17

These cheesy pumpkin taquitos are the perfect vegetarian dish for your holiday spread or weeknight dinner. Topped with a roasted jalapeño crema and toasted pepitas, it’s like a cross between enchiladas and taquitos with fall flavors. 

Cheesy Pumpkin Taquitos with Roasted Jalapeno Pepita Crema

It’s officially pumpkin season. Usually I grab a can of purée if I’m looking for pumpkin or turn to butternut when I want roasted squash, but sugar pumpkins deserve their own special seat at the table. Plus, the internet is having a virtual pumpkin party and I wanted to serve pumpkin on pumpkin on pumpkin with these cheesy pumpkin taquitos with roasted jalapeño pepita (pumpkin seed) crema and toasted pepitas.

With my summer menu video series all wrapped up, these fall pumpkin taquitos are kicking off my holiday video series in collaboration with Roth Cheese. While taquitos’ reputation proceeds them as a party finger food, these cheesy pumpkin taquitos are best served as a vegetarian main or side dish in your holiday spread. Imagine an enchilada crossed with a taquito with fall harvest flavors –  that’s what we’re serving up first! Stay tuned for a cheesy holiday appetizer up next. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe and video!

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Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting and Brûléed Figs

date10.16.17

The perfect light and fluffy gluten-free vanilla cupcakes. Top them with your favorite frosting for a birthday party or mix things up with goat cheese frosting and brûléed figs for something special! Either way, this is a go-to recipe for gluten-free vanilla cupcakes!

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting & Brûléed Figs

My neighbor brought over homemade gluten-free vanilla cupcakes a few months back, then texted me to ask for a baking date to come up with a better recipe. She was tasked with making a gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy free vanilla cupcake for some friends at her daughter’s birthday party.

Using my gluten-free chocolate chip cupcake from three years ago as a starting point, we made several dozen cupcakes in our quest. We ended up with a cupcake that was pretty great, especially considering all its limitations. But because I can’t leave well enough alone, after the party, I threw the dairy and sugar back in and kept testing.

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