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The Cookstr Weekly: Palate-Pleasing Potlucks & Allergy-Free Desserts Giveaway

April 16, 2012

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As warmer Spring weather draws us out of hibernation, it’s a perfect time for one of the most fun and low-labor varieties of entertaining: the potluck! To avoid an entire table full of pasta salads or chocolate chip cookies, though, it’s a good idea to give your guests some inspiration as to what they should bring. An ideal recipe for a potluck travels well (no delicate lace cookies), can be made ahead, and can be served at room temperature: while oven or stove space for reheating once you arrive at the party destination is certainly an option, make sure to let the host know what you’ll need beforehand. Mrs. K’s Date Cake by Ricki Heller makes a divine dessert served at room temp, and can be made gluten-, nut- and soy-free depending on the dietary needs of the group.

More Potluck-Friendly Recipes from Cookstr


Allergy-Free Desserts Book & Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway

Diagnosed with a variety of food allergies after the birth of her first child, Elizabeth Gordon thought her dream of becoming a professional baker was over. But rather than give up, she decided to re-create her favorite childhood treats using ingredients that were safe for food allergy sufferers like herself. The result is Allergy-Free Desserts, a collection of crowdpleasing recipes supplemented with baking tips and simple tricks for mouthwatering treats that are safe for people with allergies, celiac disease, or any other condition that requires adhering to strict dietary guidelines.

There are two ways you can enter to win a free copy of Allergy-Free Desserts, as well as a pound each of garbanzo flour, potato starch and tapioca starch from Bob’s Red Mill, to make your own allergy-free confections:

– Cook one of Elizabeth’s recipes from, then post a picture of your finished dish on Cookstr’s Facebook Page. Make sure you’re “liking” us on Facebook, too!

Follow Cookstr on Twitter, then tweet to us @cookstr with the hashtag #allergyfreedesserts. Include a photo of your version of one of Elizabeth’s recipes!

Winner will receive a copy of Allergy-Free Desserts and ingredients from Bob’s Red Mill, and will be featured in next week’s Cookstr Weekly.

Entries for this giveaway are limited to the continental U.S.

Recipes Recently Added: Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Biscotti

“Who can resist the lure of a buttery, orange-scented biscotti studded with jewel-colored cranberries and toasty pecans? These large, rich biscotti are scrumptious on their own or served with your choice of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or wine. When the biscotti are completely cooled, you can sift a little confectioners’ sugar over them, if you like.” – Bryanna Clark Grogan,
World Vegan Feast 
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Hortensia Mccreary permalink
    October 30, 2012 12:35 pm

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  2. Mickey Solinski permalink
    January 12, 2013 11:28 pm

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