Editor's NoteDec/Jan 2017 Issue

Gluten-Free Ideas to Make the Season Merry and Bright

Alicia Woodward

Alicia Woodward
Editor-in-Chief

What do you love about the holidays? We love the food. And after you see the gluten-free recipes in this issue, we think you’ll love the food, too.

It’s no secret that this time of year can be challenging for those of us with food issues. We asked around and heard some common complaints. Let’s start with the big holiday gluten-free meal. Making gluten-free dinner rolls is a top concern for 35 percent of our readers. Problem solved! Check out “Gluten-Free Better Buns”. Pastry chef Rebecca Reilly creates soft, yeasty Gluten-Free Buttermilk Rolls that will make your mouth water.

Gluten-Free Dessert is another rough spot, particularly the gluten-free pies and those traditional Gluten-Free Christmas cookies we all adore. That’s why this issue contains many sweet gluten-free options. Professional baker Diane Kittle, owner of Dee’s One Smart Cookie Bakery in Glastonbury, Connecticut, shares her bakeshop’s most popular Gluten-Free Christmas cookies in “Gluten-Free Cookie Swap.” We also bring you amazing gluten-free recipes from television’s cupcake queen Kyra Bussanich. This four-time champion of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars shares her recipes in “Winning Gluten-Free Cupcakes.” And don’t miss the amazing gluten-free holiday pies created by associate editor Jules Shepard. What a delicious way to top off your gluten-free meal!

TV personality and author Elisabeth Hasselbeck talks enthusiastically about her family’s Christmas in “In Love with Christmas.” She shares her favorite gluten-free holiday recipes, along with the meaningful tradition that makes the season more about giving, less about getting.

Regular contributor Matthew Kadey creatively turns ho-hum mashes into smash hits in “Smash & Mash.” And food editor Beth Hillson offers flavorful, healthy sauces to quickly and easily enhance every meal in “So Saucy! So Simple!”

Apart from homemade, we bring you the newest products and best quality packaged goods in “Don’t Miss This.” These wonderful items are welcome timesavers when there’s no time for scratch. If you’re serving turkey this year, turn to “Talking Turkey” for our listing of the best brands out there.

In “Celebrate!,” we gather together the top advice from our team and our readers. This article and others in this issue will help you navigate the season with confidence and make your holidays merry and bright.

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