Chef Jason Roberts is a friend and colleague; we've worked together a number of times over the years and I am a big fan of his food and his devotion to living a healthy lifestyle, not to mention the impressive work he does for No Kid Hungry.  You may have seen him on The Chew, The Rachael Ray Show, Food Network or Cooking Channel. Since I've had a few requests for gluten-free recipes, I felt it best to go to an expert. Jason lives gluten-free and his most recent cookbook is a tribute to that. This recipe is a Jason shared with me that I now make it whenever I need a light, yet elegant dessert.


Both Australia and New Zealand claim the Pavlova as a national dish, and stories abound as to the history of its creation. Both countries do agree, however, that the dish was named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Essentially, this dessert is a baked meringue that’s topped with fresh cream and fruit. I have kept this iconic dessert simple with the addition of chocolate and Berries. When it comes to decoration, however, look to seasonal fruit such as kiwifruit, Pomegranate, and passion fruit.

Makes 12 small portions. Note: The photo above was from an event- the Pavlovas were crumbled and served it in a glass for an elegant look.


4 egg whites

1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Pinch of salt

1⁄2 teaspoon white vinegar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

3 drops vanilla extract

2 heaping tablespoons dark cocoa powder

1 cup freshly whipped cream


Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer or hand mixer on medium speed, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar and salt until they become thick and foamy.

Increase the speed to high, add the vinegar, and gradually add the granulated sugar in five separate batches, beating well between each addition. Continue beating until stiff peaks have formed and the sugar has dissolved. Sift in the cornstarch and confectioners’ sugar, then thoroughly fold in the vanilla.

Remove a cup’s worth of the meringue and put it in a clean bowl. Sift the cocoa powder over the meringue, mix it in thoroughly, and then carefully fold this mixture back into the white meringue. The goal is to keep some of the marbled effect in the meringue.

Using a tablespoon, scoop up a large spoonful of the meringue, and use a clean finger on your other hand to push the meringue onto a tray lined with foil or parchment paper. Repeat, leaving a 2-inch gap between all the meringues.

Place the meringues into the oven and bake them for 1 hour. Reduce the temperature to 160°F (70°C) and cook them for another 30–60 minutes or until they’re dry to the touch. Turn off the oven, leaving the meringues in the oven for at least another hour or even overnight.

To store the meringues, place them into an airtight container; they will stay perfectly fresh for 2–3 days.

To serve, place the meringues on a plate and top them with fresh whipped cream and a scattering of the drunken berries.



½ cup fresh raspberries

½ cup fresh blackberries

1 cup hulled and halved strawberries

½ cup Limoncello or lemon liqueur

¼ cup granulated sugar


Place the berries along with the sugar and alcohol into a bowl and toss lightly, allow to sit for ½ an hour before serving.

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For more gluten-free recipes from Jason, go to his website or order his cookbook, Good Food Fast.


Blue Cheese always reminds me of my mom. We never had blue cheese at home because she was the only one who liked it... but on the rare occasion that we'd get to go out to a restaurant, mom would always order a salad with bleu cheese dressing. Over the years, I've come to love it and I'm especially in love with the Smokey Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon. You can usually find it at most Whole Foods locations. It runs about $9 for about 4 ounces. Yes, a little expensive for a dip but whoa... it is good. You can use whatever blue cheese you like- this is the best all-purpose, non-Ranch dip I know for chicken wings, veggies, and crackers.

My chunky blue cheese dip is the perfect dip for chicken wings, veggies, or crackers... this is even good spread on a slice of bread and toasted under the broiler!

My chunky blue cheese dip is the perfect dip for chicken wings, veggies, or crackers... this is even good spread on a slice of bread and toasted under the broiler!


Difficulty: Easy    Category: Party Food

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: non-cook recipe


½ cup chopped shallots

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon lemon zest

2 cups Greek yogurt (you can sub sour cream if you don't like yogurt)

8 ounces (1 cup) Blue Cheese (okay to use crumbles)

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

1Tablespoon minced chives


Add everything but chives to food processor. Pulse to combine. Pour into a bowl. Garnish with chives. Serve with veggies, chicken wings, chips, or crackers.

Yield: 2 cups

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