Cookbook Recommendations for 2013

by Jeanne on December 22, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know, I know: everyone is doing an end-of-year book recommendations list.  So, I thought I would jump on board.  This has been a fabulous year for cookbooks and I thought I’d let you know of a few that have I have particularly liked.

This list is eclectic and personal.  I could have gone on and on and on, but in order to have a manageable list, I tried to limit it to a few categories: gluten-free, baking, canning and preserving, and crafts.  These are my top interests, so I figured it was good to corral it that way.

So, without further ado, here are my recommendations, in no particular order:

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Just a quick post to let you know that my book made the Serious Eats “Gift Guide: For the Gluten-Free Home Cook!” Yay!  How awesome is that?  I’m just thrilled!  Check it out.

(photo from Serious Eats)

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eat boutique holiday market
Greetings all!  I just wanted to let you know that I will be in Boston, MA this upcoming Saturday, December 7th for the Eat Boutique Holiday Market!  I will be signing books from 2-3 pm.

Please join me! I would love to see you there!

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Hey all!  I hope my American readers had a happy Thanksgiving!  We had a lovely day with friends who are like family to us.

I just wanted to alert you to some events I’m doing this weekend.  Tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 30th, I am participating in the “Guest Bookseller” day at independent bookstores with other authors around the area.  The details:

“In response to a call from Sherman Alexie, writers around the country are taking turns as booksellers in independent bookstores everywhere as part of the national Small Business Saturday, traditionally observed as part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The writers will be on hand to both help sell and sign their own books, as well as recommend some key, feature titles of their choosing.”

I will be at 2 different bookstores to sign books and help you find other books for your shopping cart.

Book Larder    12:15-1 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company   3-4 pm

Please join me and other authors at your favorite local bookstore!

And then on Sunday, I will be teaching the last in my autumn series of  Gluten-Free Baking classes at the Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island: Holiday Cookies!  Details:

Sunday, December 1, 2013
2-5 pm
Intentional Table

Have a lovely weekend!

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Thanksgiving Preparation, Gluten-Free

by Jeanne on November 24, 2013

Welcome Thanksgiving Free-Vintage-Thanksgiving-Clip-Art-GraphicsFairyIt’s that time of year–when we in the U.S. are preparing for Thanksgiving.  Girlfriend has declared Thanksgiving to be one of her favorite holidays.  She likes it because it’s about getting together with friends and family and enjoying the company with the added bonus of good food.    She loves the fact that there is no obligation to get or give gifts or to dress up.  I agree with her–it’s a holiday about community and food.  Two of my very favorite things!

Over the years, I’ve identified that I love the holiday season–but that I tend of put too much stress on myself.  Therefore, each year, I try to make things as less stressful as possible–but it’s challenging.  I have a dual nature: I love the bigness and fuss and festive nature of Thanksgiving.  But I get overwhelmed.  Therefore, I find that it’s good for me to have a list and a plan for the big day.  And I do a little bit of prep each day leading up to Thanksgiving–which makes the actual day fairly stress-free and enjoyable.  I get to hang out all day in the kitchen, doing the last few things while drinking some wine, versus freaking out and doing everything that day.

Below are some resources that I’ve developed to help you navigate this most festive (albeit time-intensive) meal of the year:

1) Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (from the blog)

2) Recipes in my book (This is why I wrote this book!  To help folks with this season :) ):
-Stuffing Like Mama Made (this recipe got rave reviews last year when I offered it as a sample at book signings)
-Soft Sandwich Bread
-Dinner Rolls
-Featherlight Buttermilk Biscuits (easiest way to make biscuits, ever)
-Skillet Cornbread
-Flaky Pie Crust
-Pumpkin doughnuts
-Maple Pecan Pie (with adaptation to add chocolate if you like)
-Apple Cinnamon Pie
-Chocolate-Sunflower Butter (or Peanut Butter) Pie (just about the most decadent thing you will ever eat in your life)
-Date Nut Bread
-Toasted Pecan Snack Cake
-Cinnamon Rolls
-Simple Scones
-Applesauce Spice Muffins
-Sufganiot–Jelly Doughnuts (since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are at the same time this year)
-Rugelach (since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are at the same time this year)

3) Thanksgiving Preparation Guide


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Apple Sour Cream Bars, Gluten-Free

by Jeanne on October 14, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWow, fall came to Seattle so quickly that all of us are still kind of reeling.  We had such a lovely, warm, sunny summer (it was the best we’ve ever had according to the weather people).  And then one day: Bam!  Fall.  It came on so abruptly that I haven’t really had time to adjust.  Everyone is walking around, complaining about how cold it is—even though it’s not really that cold.  I think I’m still in denial and I’m still wearing my favorite clogs without socks.  And then I wonder why I’m so cold.  Sigh.

It’s been busy here at Chez Four Chickens (that’s kind of what we call ourselves due to the name of my original blog).   The actual chickens here are also coping with the effects of the early fall.  Chickens do something called “molting” at the end of summer, which means they lose a good portion of their old feathers and grow a nice, new, fluffy feather covering.  This keeps them warm for the winter.  But the fact that they molt in the fall always seems so dumb to me.  They molt just as the cold weather hits, which means that they are without a lot of their feathers for a few weeks, freezing their little chicken butts off.  And they look horrible.  They all look like they got into a fight, what with their feathers hanging off of them and their necks looking all straggly.   Whenever friends see them at this time they ask if they are OK.  And I always have to remind Girlfriend that they aren’t sick, they’re molting.

School started with a vengeance and we haven’t had much time to catch our breath.  Girlfriend’s school is extremely overcrowded this year and the first few weeks were kind of a mess.  Everyone’s schedule was in shambles and the kids were switched around a lot.  Girlfriend’s schedule completely changed 2 weeks into the term.  I’m sure the school registrar was about ready to tear her hair out.  And, they ran out of lockers and asked kids to volunteer to share.  Girlfriend and one of their pals offered to share.  And now they are learning some lessons on how to compromise—including: who gets what hooks?  Who uses the floor?  How do they decorate?  I’m very proud of them in that they haven’t killed each other yet.  So far, the organization seems to be: Girlfriend gets the hooks, her pal gets the floor of the locker.  They both seem happy with this arrangement, which is nice.

I’ve been busy teaching classes and demos; working on some new book ideas (squee! More news as it comes up); and attending events for or getting together with fellow food and cookbook authors.  In the past couple of weeks I’ve had the good fortune to have had the opportunity to spend time with several of my favorite food people.  First, I got to spent the day with my pal, Joe Yonan, Food and Travel Editor for the Washington Post, who was here promoting his new book, Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.  (this is a terrific book, by the way).  Later that evening, our mutual friend Kat Flinn held a party in honor of Joe and his new book, which was very fun.  She prepared some dishes from the book (and even adapted some to be gluten-free for me!).  Everything was delicious!

Then, I had the opportunity to chat a bit with Dorie Greenspan (one of my baking goddesses) and her lovely husband, Michael.  Dorie was in town to be the keynote speaker at the International Food Blogger’s Conference.  I met a pal for breakfast and we bumped into each other.  I’ve had the good fortune to have met (and bake for) Dorie on a few occasions, so it was nice to catch up a bit with her and Michael.  And if I understood them correctly, Dorie has a new cookbook that she is working on that I can’t wait for!

Then a few days later, I had a lovely breakfast with Alice Medrich, another of my baking goddesses.  She was in town for the Northwest Chocolate Festival.  She is in the process of finishing up her newest book, which I think you all are going to love!  I can’t say much, but keep an eye out for it in the Fall of 2014.

Then a few days after that, I got a chance to listen to and meet Mollie Katzen, who was here promoting her newest book, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation.  Mollie’s books are among my “desert island” books (i.e., books you would take if you has to go live on a desert island with a full kitchen–lol).  This one harks back to her Enchanted Broccoli Forest and Moosewood Cookbook days.  Not only is the book filled with amazing recipes, but the first few and the last few pages are filled with her drawings.  It turns out that she studied art as a young person and art is one of her first loves.  I guess that should have been obvious from the art in her first two cookbooks, but it never dawned on me.

Then last week I got a chance to have coffee with Kyra Bussanich, who is gluten-free, is a Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef, who won the TV show Cupcake Wars against wheat bakers twice (!) with her fabulous gluten-free cupcakes.  She also owns a cupcake bakery–and she brought me a box of gluten-free cupcakes.  I couldn’t believe it!  They were so yummy.  I shared them with our neighbors, who are also gluten-free, and d’Ahub, Girlfriend and I had two each.  So good!  She has a new cookbook out, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle.  I attended her demo of recipes from her book and–yowzaa!  They were good.  Look for a further post on my site about her book!

Last week I got the chance to have coffee with Nick Malgieri, who is one of my baking gods.  He is the Director of Pastry and Baking Program at the Institute of Culinary Education.  He was in town doing some baking demos from his book, Nick Malgieri’s Bread: Over 60 Breads, Rolls, and Cakes, plus Delicious Recipes Using Them.  We’ve been online friends for a while, so it was wonderful to get a chance to meet and chat with him.  And, I learned some new techniques in his bread demonstration.

In between all of this gallivanting around, I’ve been working on new recipes to share with you.  We had stellar apple harvest this year from our two tiny dwarf apple trees.  When I say “dwarf” I mean it.  They each come up to my waist.  But they produce regular-sized apples.  We have a Liberty tree and a Honeycrisp tree.  So, we’ve been eating fresh apples and I’ve been trying recipes that use them.  Below is one of our favorites.  I found this on the Pillsbury site.  It’s phenomenal.  I mean, really, really good!  One of the things I did with this adaptation is that I made the nuts in the recipe “optional” in case you can’t have nuts.  I’ve also opened it up for you to use any nut you happen to like.  I like pecans best, so that’s what I used.  But you can use whatever you like best.  Also, note that if you can’t have dairy sour cream, there are non-dairy versions on the market, as well as many recipes to make your own.  Or, you can use a non-dairy yogurt, which works just as well.  Happy baking!

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Happy Book Birthday!

by Jeanne on October 10, 2013

gluten-free_baking_holidays_coverWow! It’s been a whole year since my book, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays, has been out. And what a wonderful year it’s been.  I still can’t quite believe that I have had the good fortune to write a cookbook and to have it be so well received. Yay! I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement on my blog and for my book.  Thank you!!


NOTE: The giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is Diane! I’ve sent an email to her. Thank you for all of your kind comments about my book and my site. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to help folks!


In honor of this anniversary and the fact that the gift-giving holidays are right around the corner, I’d like to give away a copy of my book.  Do you have my book but would like another to give to a friend or a family member as a gift?  Let me know who and why you think they’d like the book in the comments.  I will choose 1 comment, at random, to send a personally signed copy to. Note: In order to be be entered into the giveaway, please comment by 11:59 pm, PT, on Sunday, October 13, 2013 (US addresses only, please).

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Canning Demo at Oxbow Farm Harvest Hoedown

by Jeanne on October 1, 2013

Oxbow Farm Fall FestivalI will be doing a canning demonstration (complete with tastes) at the Oxbow Farm Harvest Hoedown on Sunday, October 6th.  My demo will start at about 1pm, but the festivities are all day.  Please come join me, rain or shine!


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Heads up for the next class I am teaching at Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island (which is a short ferry ride away from Seattle)!  You can even do a walk-on onto the ferry and walk up to the class if you don’t want to bother with driving.

Gluten-Free Pasta and Gnocchi

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Intentional Table

Class Description
Author of popular blog Art of Gluten Free Baking, Jeanne Sauvage will be teaching a three part series here at Intentional Table, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Jeanne began experimenting with gluten-free baking when she developed a gluten intolerance in 2000, and has been sharing her successes (and failures!) ever since. This class will focus on delicious pastas that are guaranteed to be just as tender, chewy, and delicious as traditional semolina recipes, as well as light and fluffy potato gnocchi. If you or a loved one have a gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy, or are simply trying to cut down on your gluten consumption, this is the class – and series – for you!
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Baking Classes at Intentional Table

by Jeanne on September 15, 2013

Cream Scones photo


Just wanted to let you know that I will be teaching a series of baking classes at the Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island this fall.  The first one is next Sunday!


Introduction to Gluten-Free Baking
Sunday, September 22, 2013
International Table

If you have the time, come to the island early and make a day of it–you can even do a walk-on!  The school is a short walk from the ferry.   It’s so charming.  Also, one of my favorite yarn stores, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is next to the Intentional Table, and one of my favorite ice cream shops (with gluten-free cones!) is Mora, is across the little courtyard.  The Blackbird Bakery, a couple doors down, usually has gluten-free goodies. And Eagle Harbor Books, one of the best independent bookstores around, is across the street.

In this first class we’ll be making scones, baked chocolate buttermilk doughnuts, and gougeres (French cheese puffs).  I will be talking about fundamentals of baking and introducing and discussing basic techniques.  I can guarantee that it will be a fun, informative, and tasty class!  I hope you can join me!!

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