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Cooking For Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free - Cookbook Review

Thursday, September 30, 2010 Posted by Rita A

In my family there are a few of us with food allergies and sensitivities. Our danger foods are peanuts and some berries. We need to read every label to avoid a seriously dangerous reaction.

Imagine finding out your child is sensitive to gluten and dairy. Two of the most common ingredients in most foods we eat. Silvana Nardone, the Editor in Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, was faced with such a challenge when her son Isaiah was diagnosed with these sensitivities. Going to work she made choices for her entire family. Hours of research to find the ingredients she could use to make tasty meals for the entire family to enjoy. Her goal was to not have to make separate meals for Isaiah but delicious meals for all. Her findings and kitchen time brought her to the conclusion that cooking and baking gluten free or dairy free is easier than you think. The cookbook is Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals.

Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals is a beautiful cookbook. The full color many photos included are stunning. The true beauty of the book is the recipes. Silvana shares her basics for other ingredients needed to make her recipes. A big plus! Once you mix up a batch of her special flour blend and pancake mix, the possibilities of recipes are endless.

The recipes are tantalizing! For Breakfast - try s'mores pancakes with marshmallow sauce or potato-crusted bacon bits and egg pie. My hubby loved this one. Made with bacon and potatoes plus eggs baked in the oven for 25 minutes, YUM! It was so easy to make and good enough for a dinner too. I also made Isaiah's fruit smoothie - strawberries, frozen peaches, banana, a little honey and pear nectar. It was so refreshing on a heat wave day.

How about making corn-shrimp fritters with creamy salsa dip? One of Isaiah's requests was cornbread and Silvana made a double corn cornbread I bet is spectacular. The main dishes are nothing short of gourmet! Sweet chile salmon with jalapeno slaw is calling my name.

Here is a recipe to tickle your taste buds:

Oven-Fried Frito Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Dip
by Silvana Nardone,
Author of Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals

You can swap tortilla chips for the Fritos and use store-bought salad dressing, barbecue sauce or just plain ketchup in place of the honey-mustard dip.

SERVES 6 PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 20 minutes

Extra-virgin olive oil, for greasing
6 cups corn chips, such as Fritos, coarsely crushed
Salt and pepper
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ pounds (750 g) chicken tenders
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil. In a shallow bowl, combine the corn chips, 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs. Coat a chicken tender with the corn chip mixture, dip into the eggs, then coat again with the corn chip mixture; place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey and lemon juice; season with about ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve with the chicken ļ¬ngers.

The above is an excerpt from the book Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals by Silvana Nardone. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2010 Silvana Nardone, author of Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals.

Yes she also includes desserts! Cookies, cakes, brownies and more. No need to be without decadent sweets.

For even more recipes visit Silvana's website Dish Towel Diaries. You will find many great recipes to make.

Cooking for Isaiah is a lovely cookbook for those needing to cook gluten or dairy free as well as those wanting to make scrumptious foods. I have several pages bookmarked I want to make for my family.

You can buy Cooking for Isaiah at Amazon or check with your local book seller.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Readers Digest (August 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606521659
ISBN-13: 978-1606521656

Silvana makes everything look so delicious and easy to make with simple substitutions. Cooking For Isaiah is definitely One 2 Try!

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.

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