Dec 19

Our recipe is included in Silvana Nardone’s cookie countdown!

When Silvana Nardone asked us to be part of her cookie countdown give-away we were so honored. As a client of Sheepdog Print and Design, LLC we have had the pleasure of getting to know Silvana but we also admire her message so much. Gluten free cooking is an issue that hits close to home, as two of our family members have an allergy to gluten. Food allergies can be especially stressful during the holidays but there are so many many wonderful recipes in her cookie count down you will surely be inspired! We shared some of our thoughts on the holidays and gluten free baking below! Also, if you leave a comment on the post you get a chance to win an original print of one of Ulla’s photos!

Our family celebrates an Icelandic version of Christmas – so we open our presents on Christmas eve after a large traditional dinner. I can remember as children spending the last moments of anticipation impatiently arranging what seemed like an endless amount of my mother’s cookies onto platters as after dinner coffee brewed.

Last year we had two family members who had recently discovered that gluten made them sick. My mother (who is a gifted cook and baker) made some gluten-free options which to be honest were just not as wonderful as her traditional cookies spread – and I know that even though no one in the family minded (we also always have fruit, nuts and chocolate as well ) There was something sad about the forlorn cracker like gluten free attempts left on peoples napkins.

When Silvana kindly offered to have us submit a gluten-free cookie, we were honored (albeit a bit overwhelmed to be included in the prestigious company) but I was was so excited that there would be 31 gluten-free cookies to help make every-one’s holidays (whether gluten free or not) tastier and easier to share. Ulla’s recipe that we choose to share is much like her cooking in general unfussy, elegant and really pretty. Although that could be her photography.

Ulla: Since going gluten free, I have found that baking can be fun and delicious.These shortbread cookies are extremely easy, and I love fruits like berries–so this combination is one of my favorites. In the summer I make these with a fresh red currant glaze. In the winter, I like to use my mom’s jams. These cookies are great for entertaining and again, so simple to make.
Melkorka is actually a talented baker and it makes sense, she went to architecture school and is good at building things. I cooked her a birthday dinner just the other week where I boiled lobster and she made this amazing gluten free walnut cake with mocha icing. It fantastic!

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2 Comments on “Our recipe is included in Silvana Nardone’s cookie countdown!”

  1. Me

    11 February 2011 | # 1


    Just wanted to let you know that my sister called the other day and was so exited about the horse picture that I had won and had sent to her.

    She had a horse for eighteen years that looked exactly like the one in the picture. She said that the "withers, ears, eyes and mane matched exactly" – the "nose was a little shorter but could have been the angle of the picture". She stated these facts several times and said she had put it on the mantle beside a picture of her horse on which her late husband was riding in a rodeo.

    This may all sound a little silly but I just wanted you to know how much it was appreciated.

    Ginger G

  2. Ulla

    25 February 2011 | # 2

    Thank you so much! You are too kind. You made my day!