New Cookbook! Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

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I've been on gnocchi kick—and it all started on a recent visit to Olive Garden. They serve a Chicken and Gnocchi soup that's oh so good but full of dairy and gluten and who knows what else.

Anyway, I'm on a kick.

So when Cybele Pascal's new cookbook Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame arrived at my doorstep, you can imagine my excitement when I flipped it open to find a gnocchi recipe. YES!!! Egg-free and gluten-free of course. 

Tonight I put the recipe to the test. I am a stickler for cookbooks that make the "in 30-minutes or less" claim and so I timed my gnocchi making from start to finish. The recipe delivered on time. Mixed, rolled, cut and boiled in 30 minutes flat. Impressive. 

The only full-blooded Italian in our family is my sister-in-law—one mean pasta maker she is. As for this Scotch-German, there's not a drop of Italian in her. I've never made gnocchi and I'm not even sure I did it right. But I think I succeeded. Mine came out looking just like Cybele's. And they were super easy to make.  

I might have added a tad more salt, but that's a personal taste. And I strongly advise using the flour mixes Cybele suggests (hers or Authentic Foods). Superfine rice flour is a must for a smooth gnocchi.

Great Holiday Gifts

Though I wanted to try a few more recipes before writing this review—like the soy-free soy sauce—I also wanted to help get the word out about this great new book before the holidays passed. Take a peek at it over at Amazon. I think it'd make a great gift for anyone new to allergy-free eating. For a few other gift ideas ... visit the Lexie's Kitchen Holiday Gift Page.