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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Round-Up

This is my longest post to date, so get ready to scroll, baby, scroll!

Why so long? In this post I am sharing 30+ recipes rounded up for the February 2011 Edition of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. I had the pleasure of hosting this edition which spotlights 22 bloggers adopted by admiring fellow foodies.

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a great monthly event started by Sea of Book Of Yum. I am especially pleased by the number of first-time particpants this round and am certain that each one has realized how great a venue this is for making new friends and supporting the gluten-free community. The March sign-up will be up soon back over at Book of Ym.

Enjoy this virtual feast!


Alisa of Alisa Cooks adopted
Valerie of City|Life|Eats

A BITE FROM ALISA'S POST: "Valerie’s sweets recipes aren’t loaded with sugar. She’s a mostly sugar-free maven, and her recipes reflect it."

Chili-Roasted Carrots

Cranberry Almond Bittersweet Chocolate



Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily adopted
Mary of
Gluten-Free Spinner

A BITE FROM SHIRLEY'S POST: "Mary’s blog name, Gluten-Free Spinner, comes from the fact that she spins up one delightful recipe after another and puts her own spin on dishes, as she shares on her About page."

RECIPE: Chickpea Salad


Diane of The WHOLE Gang adopted
Kim of Cook IT Allergy Free

A BITE FROM DIANE'S POST: "While making these brownies the smell coming from the pan really did remind me of making brownies with my mom. They smelled the same. It was a lot of fun to make Kim’s recipe."

RECIPE: Best Ever Brownies


Nicola of Gfree Mom adopted
Wendy of Celiacs in the House

A BITE FROM NICOLA'S POST: "The thing that I love about Wendy’s recipes are that her meals always look so tasty, while being totally no-nonsense, family friendly and not terrifying to contemplate cooking. As I have discovered this week, Wendy is also the queen of hiding vegetables in her yummy kid-friendly food."

Gluten-free/Grain-free Salmon Cakes
Gluten-free Crispy Vegetable & Risotto Cakes
Gluten-free Shepherds Pie




Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake adopted
Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

A BITE FROM MAGGIE'S POST: "Like all of Amy’s recipes, [this bread recipe] was super easy to follow and I knew what to expect along the way. Don’t be afraid to try baking gluten-free bread!"

RECIPE: The Perfect Bread


Valerie of City|Life|Eats adopted
Elana of Elana's Pantry
Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl

A BITE FROM VALERIE'S POST ABOUT ELANA: "These bars immediately became a favorite for both my husband and I. They are such a good representation of Elana’s recipes."

Elana's Almond Power Bars
Elana's Vegan Herb Crackers


A BITE FROM VALERIE'S POST ABOUT CARRIE: "I kept reading for the recipes, but I also kept reading because Carrie is incredibly kind and gracious and it completely comes through on her blog, from how she answers comments to how she writes."

Gluten-Free Vegan Dark Chocolate Muffin Recipe
Almond Flour Pizza Crust



Heather of Gluten-Free Cat adopted
Kelly of The Spunky Coconut

A BITE FROM HEATHER'S POST: "This bread doesn’t need a topping. It’s scrumptious just as it is. Why isn’t there a link to Kelly’s site for this recipe?  Because you have to buy her book to have the joy of making it. You need to by her book."

Awesome Chocolate Rasberry Quinoa Bars


Sea of Book of Yum adopted
Alisa of Alisa Cooks

A BITE FROM SEA'S POST: "Alisa has had issues with dairy since she was a tiny baby, but she was brought up eating dairy and had no idea it was causing her severe illness until a doctor suggested she go dairy-free and she found her health problems literally disappear overnight. The first recipe I made from Alisa’s blog was actually her Dairy-free Vegan Mint Truffles. I would have taken pictures, but of course by the time I made them it was dark and they just wouldn’t have been pretty by track lighting. But they were both pretty and delicious, trust me."

Vegan Mint Truffles

Cauliflower Risotto
Vegan Tofu Avocado Sushi Hand Rolls



Cassidy of Cooking Gluten-Free adopted
Linda of Gluten-Free Homemaker

A BITE FROM CASSIDY'S POST: "I'm sure I'll try many more recipes from Linda in the future. I'm new to gluten free blogging and was really excited to find Linda's site but many people need no introduction to her as she seems to be very popular in the blogging community. Besides just posting recipes, she has a monthly gluten free challenge, monthly clean kitchen challenge, reviews, tips, and so much more."

RECIPE: Wonderful French Bread


Danielle of Fresh 4 Five adopted
Kim of Affairs of Living

A BITE FROM DANIELLE'S POST: "I think this is the first recipe that I have made from Affairs of Living, though I have been reading Kim’s blog for some time. Her recipes are always nourishing, beautifully photographed and her enthusiasm for healthy, wholesome eating and living is infectious. Thank you Kim! This fudge recipe is really simple; all you need is a food processor, or vitamix (still trying to convince my husband that I NEED a $600 blender) a loaf pan…oh, and a fridge!"

RECIPE: Holiday Black Bean Fudge


Jeanette of Jeanette's Healthy Living adopted
Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

A BITE FROM JEANETTE'S POST: "One of the gluten-free bloggers I have admired from afar is Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom . Not only does Heidi have celiac, but so does one of her children, and she has another child who is non-celiac gluten-sensitive, along with a casein and egg allergy. Heidi has a terrific collection of gluten-free/dairy(and casein)/egg free recipes, most of which are "normal" recipes adapted to be gluten-free/dairy/egg free."

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Banana Bread
Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars




Mary of Gluten-Free Spinner adopted
Kate of Gluten-Free Gobsmacked

A BITE FROM MARY'S POST: "I'm joining for the first time this month ***yay Mary!*** and I'm excited to say I've adopted Kate at Gluten Free Gobsmacked. I chose to adopt Kate for my first Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger because her site was one of the first gluten free websites I found when I learned of my gluten intolerance ... I really miss Cheez-it Crackers, like reeeeeally miss them—my all time favorite cracker snack. And I couldn't wait to make her recipe."

RECIPE: Cheesy Quinoa Crackers


Kelly of 18 Hour Kitchen adopted
Lauren of As Good as Gluten

A BITE FROM KELLY'S POST: "As I was purusing As Good As Gluten's site for recipes to try for this event, I was instantly hooked on the sheer number of easy, kid-friendly recipes. Lots of crockpot dishes and one-pot wonders. This is my kind of simple, convenient comfort food, especially with two small children..."

RECIPE: Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Debi of Hunter's Lyoness adopted
Alta of Tasty Eats at Home

A BITE FROM DEBI'S POST: "I first went to Alta’s blog, Tasty Eats At Home, after reading another blogger’s adoption post last year. Since then, Alta is my go-to blog when I want something different and vegetarian."

Lemon Earl Grey Cookies
Masala-Spiced Adzuki Beans with Brown Rice


Lauren of As Good As Gluten adopted
Kelly of 18 Hour Kitchen

A BITE FROM LAUREN'S POST:  "I was shocked, excited, and truly honored to learn someone in blogger-world adopted me! I hadn't heard of Kelly's blog until she adopted me. So, I quickly checked it out and decided I was going to adopt Kelly in return. I love the recipes on her blog and was anxious to try a few."

RECIPES: Black Bean Cupcakes


Alta of Tasty Eats at Home adopted
Melissa of Gluten-Free for Good

A BITE FROM ALTA'S POST: "Melissa’s blog is one that I always enjoy reading. She shares recipes, sure, but perhaps even more valuable are her nutritional and health-based stories. I loved her “fuzz” post – worthwhile reading for anyone looking to keep their bodies free from stiffness and inflammation and generally happy and healthy."

RECIPES: Sauteed Lettuce and Brown Rice Bowl


Christine of Without Adornment adopted
Deanna of The Mommy Bowl

A BITE FROM CHRISTINE'S POST: "Since I have found Deanna’s blog, I have been inspired to try experimenting in my baking and that following a recipe isn’t always needed. For example, when she makes cookies with her son, they start with a a base measurement of  fat (usually coconut oil) and add appropriate sweeteners and flours based on the consistency and flavours they want – isn’t that cool?"

Kiddo’s Killer Banana Pancakes
Choco Nut Cut Outs



Lexie of Lexie's Kitchen adopted
Leanne of Healthful Pursuit

A BITE FROM LEXIE'S POST: "And what could be more fun and exciting than a Cinnamon Roll [Balls] recipe that's low in sugar and free of all the bad stuff you'd find, say, at Cinnabon!?"

RECIPE: Cinnamon Bun Balls with Cream "Cheese" Frosting


Wendy of Celiacs in the House adopted
Ellen of Gluten-Free Diva

A BITE FROM WENDY'S POST: "Visit Ellen for more creative gluten-free recipes and to read her diagnosis story. Back in 2005, Ellen pretty much self-diagnosed her celiac disease in the dark ages when some doctors didn’t know if your sister was diagnosed with CD that your alopecia might be CD, too. Sound familiar to anyone?"

Fish Tacos

White Bean Puree and Collard
Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles


Kalinda of Wheat Free Meat Free adopted
Lauren of Celiac Teen

A BITE FROM KALINDA'S POST: "I just recently came across Lauren’s site: Celiac Teen. I was immediately drawn in because I’m a sucker for good food photography. And she’s good. After some browsing, it also became clear that she’s quite the baker. (I’m kind of jealous.)"

Gluten-Free Orange Cornmeal Muffins


Ellen of Gluten-Free Diva adopted
Stephanie of A Year of Slow Cooking

A BITE FROM STEPHANIE'S POST: "Stephanie is the author of the wildly famous A Year of Slow Cooking blog as well as Make It Fast, Cook It Slow (her first gluten free cookbook) and More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow (her second gluten free cookbook). I’ve made a whole slew of her recipes and every single one of ‘em has been a hands down home run. Tonight was no exception."

Jalapeno Corn Pudding







Reader Comments (45)

I would like to adopt Mary of Gluten-Free Spinner (www.glutenfreespinner.com). She is always "spinning up" stunning recipes.

Thanks for hosting, Lexie! You always do a marvelous job in everything. :-)


February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Just making sure you had me down for Kim- Cook It Allergy Free. I had already sent that to Brenda before I knew you were hosting. I think it's so great you are hosting. Such fun!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane-The WHOLE Gang

I am going to adopt Wendy of Celiacs in the House (http://celiacsinthehouse.com). Love her family-oriented, no-nonsense and yet totally creative approach to putting gluten-free food on the table.

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @ gfreemom

Ahhhh, tears to your eyes :) xoxo I didn't kind of like your recipes! I LOVED them. Pancakes (your hubby's) and those yummy chocolate truffles. I'll never forget those! I'd like to adopt Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free please!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I would like to adopt Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl please.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie @ City|Life|Eats

I would also like to adopt Elana of Elana's Pantry please.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie @ City|Life|Eats

I'd like to adopt Kelly from the Spunky Coconut. I just got her cookbook in the mail and can't wait to get started! Thanks for hosting!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @Gluten-Free Cat

Yeah! I'm going to join in this month for the first time :)

Can I adopt Valerie at City Life Eats? - http://www.citylifeeats.com/

Thanks for hosting Lexie!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

My first time to participate as I am a new blogger and am so excited! :) I would like to adopt LInda from glutenfreehomemaker.com. Thanks so much!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassidyS

Oh wow, what a fun opportunity for this rookie blogger, and rookie GF'er! All of you here have been such an inspiration, and really make this change my family is under taking seem much less frightening.

I picked up the ingredients this weekend to make a recipe of Kim's from Affairs of Living. How about I adopt her, and make that recipe for this event.

Thanks for hosting

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

What a fun event! I am fairly new to gluten free cooking, and would like to Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

I would like to adopt Stephanie O'Dea. Thank you for hosting Lexie!!!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGluten Free Diva

Thanks to a lovely lady with a generous heart, Shirley from gfe, I learned of this event and I'm joining for the first time (Shirley, I'm humbly honored).

I'd like to adopt Kate from Gluten Free Gobsmacked http://glutenfree.wordpress.com/ as her website was the first I found (one year ago in March) when I learned of my gluten intolerance.

Thanks for hosting, Lexie!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Glutenfreespinner

I'm going to adopt As Good As Gluten (http://asgoodasgluten.blogspot.com). She has some super yummy looking recipes that also look very kid-friendly, so we'll be trying them at our house soon.

Thanks for hosting!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly- 18 Hour Kitchen

I want to adopt Alta of Tasty Eats at Home!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

Hi Lexie! I'm going to adopt La Tartine Gourmande. Hugs, Kelly

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Just put up my first adoption post:

Thank you for the opportunity, this was fun!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I'm so excited to be adopted for the first time! Thanks Kelly @ 18 Hour Kitchen. (Kelly - are you on twitter?)

In return, I'd like to adopt Kelly at 18 Hour Kitchen!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren - As Good As Gluten

Oh my, how time flies! I feel behind on my adoption already! I'll adopt Melissa at Gluten Free For Good! Woohoo!

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

This is also my first time participating - I'm quite excited! I would like to adopt Deanna from the Mommy Bowl. (http://themommybowl.com)

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I met Ellen from Gluten Free Diva at BlogHer, but haven't gotten to know her recipes or blog very well. I'd like to adopt her and remedy that.

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy @ Celiacs in the House

I just posted my adopt a GF Blogger post for Kate at Gluten Free Gobsmacked

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I just posted my adopt a GF bogger post for Linda at Gluten Free Homemaker at http://cookingglutenfree.blogspot.com/2011/02/adopt-gluten-free-blogger-event-french.html

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassidyS

Hi Lexie-

Trying to sneak in late here. I would like to adopt Lauren from Celiac Teen (http://www.celiacteen.com/). Thanks for doing hosting duties this go round.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKalinda

I tried Lauren's Orange Cornmeal Muffins. The post just went up: http://www.celiacteen.com/2010/orange-cornmeal-muffins/

I'm glad I chose them. They are tasty muffins. :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKalinda

I've seen some amazing adoptions this month! It's such a great event. Here's the link to mine - http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2011/02/fabulous-find-simply-sugar-and-gluten-free/
Thanks Lex!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Phew! I'm in just under the wire! I adopted Kelly of The Spunky Coconut and thoroughly enjoyed her recipes! Here's the link:


I adopted Kelly from 18 Hour Kitchen and just finished making her Black Bean Cupcakes. SO DELICIOUS!!


Here is my post adopting ELana: http://www.citylifeeats.com/2011/03/adopt-gluten-free-blogger-elana-of.html and here isthe one adopting Carrie: http://www.citylifeeats.com/2011/03/adopt-gluten-free-blogger-carrie-of.html

Lexie, I sent you my post with links and photos last night, but here's the link again just in case: http://glutenfreeeasily.com/mary-gluten-free-spinner/

Thanks so much for hosting, dear! xo,

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Oh my, Lexie. I have completely failed at my first adopt a gluten free blogger event. For some reason, I marked the date wrong on my calendar and missed your deadline. I can still submit tonight, but if it's too late, I understand... so sorry! Thanks for all your work on this; it's so fun to get aquainted with other talented GF bloggers.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly- 18 Hour Kitchen

Here is my post, covering Lauren of As Good As Gluten's Mashed Sweet Potatoes: http://18hourkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/mashed-sweet-potatoes.html

So yummy; comfort food at its finest.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly- 18 Hour Kitchen

Wow. What a round-up. Will peruse all over a cup of tea during my few kid-free hours tomorrow. Thanks Lexie!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @gfreemom

Love the way you did this, Lexie! Great job, easy to read, etc. Unfortunately I can't see the photos ... off to figure that out.

See you soon, girlfriend! xoxo,

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Wow Lexie, Nice job! Looks like a lot of work and you laid it all out beautifully! I've been browsing and learning about all the bloggers I've been missing...

Thanks again for hosting!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Wow Lexie, you did a great job with the round-up! I just perused and discovered new recipes to trial and bloggers to adopt!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Wow, girlfriend! I cannot even imagine how long it took you to put this all together! This is wonderful! You did an awesome job. What great adoptions this month. Did not get my act together to adopt anyone but I am so grateful that my pal Diane did such a wonderful adoption of me.
Not sure if it is my computer, but the photos are not showing up. I'll have to see if I have some weird setting enabled or something.

Wow, Lexie, what an amazing number of "Adopt-a-Gluten-Free Bloggers!" Thank you so much for hosting this event, I know it was so much work for you, but please know that it is truly appreciated. I had so much fun trying out recipes and looking to see what ever one else made. The gluten-free community is really unique, such generous and kind people, so willing to share all they've learned. I am so grateful to have met you.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Jeanette, ditto. So glad that we have become friends! Nice post for AGFB!


March 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Kim and Shirley, thank you for the heads up about the pics. I relinked, re-uploaded everything [wiping sweat from the brow] and I think we are good to go now. xoxox Lexie

March 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Does anyone know who is hosting the March event? I'm already anxious to participate again! :)

Wow! Everything looks fantastic! Great job everyone! :)

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

So many adoptions and so many great recipes. The way you formatted the photos and recipes made it so easy to enjoy all of them. I really loved the quotes you pulled out of each blog post.

Lexie, thanks for doing such an amazing round up! You gave us a wonderful taste of each adoption.

What an amazing roundup, thanks so much for putting all of this together for us Lexie. It looks gorgeous. I can't even begin to imagine how long it took you :) xo

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

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