Gingery Gluten-Free Pot Stickers

Makes : 28 dumplings | Appetizers/Snacks

In honor of Chinese New Year, I thought I’d share a favorite recipe from my book, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen. If you’re gluten free, you know how hard it is to find gluten-free pot stickers. Almost impossible, actually. So if you want pot stickers, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and head to the kitchen. Making dumplings of any kind is a process: dough, filling, assembly, cooking. The recipe may look challenging, but that’s only because I’ve explained the steps in detail. It is a time consuming process, to be sure, but it’s not […]

Amaranth Crackers with Cheddar and Pepitas

Makes : 35 crackers | Appetizers/Snacks Vegetarian

I recently had the opportunity to attend a party at Portland’s fabulous Cheese Bar in honor of my friend Ivy Manning‘s new cookbook, Crackers and Dips. Ivy prepared a spectacular spread for the party, which included not only Steve Jones’ finest charcuterie and cheeses, but also a sampling of homemade crackers, schmears and dips from the book. Always one to take care of her friends with food sensitivities, Ivy included THREE types of gluten-free crackers in the mix. Yay for inclusion! My favorite dip was the decadent Bacon and Caramelized Onion Jam, unless you count […]

Chunky Guacamole

Makes : 4 servings | Appetizers/Snacks Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

My entire family’s heading to Oregon next week, so I’ve been busy thinking up meals that everyone will enjoy. I want to make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks around, too, to fuel the hikes, sand-dollar gathering, and bocce games we’re bound to enjoy. And while it’s simple to toss a container of hummus on the table, I tend to prefer something a little more special. Homemade guacamole can be as simple as smashing an avocado with a bit of salt, or a more elaborate concoction that’s hand-ground with a mortar and pestle. Mine […]

Savory Sauteéd Oat Cakes

Makes : 4 servings (16 oat cakes) | Appetizers/Snacks , Main Dishes Vegetarian

I love oats. Their flavor conveys a mild earthy sweetness with a chewy, satisfying texture, versatile enough to star in both sweet and savory dishes. Oats are naturally gluten free, yet more often than not they’re cross-contaminated during processing or storage. I kind of thought this was bunk; I mean how cross-contaminated could they possibly be? But as it turns out, I always react poorly when I eat regular oats, showing the exact same symptoms I have when I ingest gluten. Since I’m so sensitive, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to tolerate certified gluten-free […]

Crab Rangoon

Makes : about 36 | Appetizers/Snacks

For the first time ever, I feel conflicted about posting a recipe. Almost exclusively, the recipes I develop are for foods that I love to eat and ones that reflect my cooking style as a whole. Crab Rangoon was a childhood favorite of most of my family members, ever present on the Chinese buffets we frequented and even something my mom made at home. But I was personally never a big fan. I guess I’m a purist when it comes to crab. On the flip side, since writing The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, I’ve had literally […]

Chinese Radish Cake

Makes : about 50 1-inch cubes | Appetizers/Snacks Dairy Free , Vegetarian

In honor of the Chinese New Year, I’ve been at the stove creating several new gluten-free Asian recipes. Since the release of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen last fall, I backed off developing Asian recipes for a while, mostly to give my kids a break. (Ask any cookbook author what she’s currently working on and you’ll know what her family doesn’t want to see again for a year!) Of all the dishes I’ve been tinkering with, my favorite is this Chinese Radish Cake. Chinese Radish Cake, also known as Turnip Cake or Law Bok Gow, isn’t a […]