Thursday, August 6, 2009


Lauren DeSantis prepare s a basket of housewarming treats with the help of

Jules Shepard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the increased mobility of our society, Lauren DeSantis, the host of Capital Cooking helps her audience create a basket of edible housewarming gifts that are appropriate for all occasions. Noted gluten-free baker and author Jules Shepard stops by the Capital Cooking kitchen to lend DeSantis a hand in developing recipes that are delicious and gluten-free.

DeSantis and Shepard begin the episode with a recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Bark. This deliciously simple recipe takes only minutes to prepare and can be made in advance and stored.

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Next, Shepard gives her recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread. Knowing the challenges of eating gluten-free first hand, Shepard created this and other gluten and dairy-free recipes to accommodate people with specific dietary concerns. Continuing with fruity recipes, DeSantis follows with her recipe for Homemade Berry Jam. This recipe was created for those who love fruit jams but do not have the time and equipment for canning. DeSantis demonstrates how any fruit can be turned into a jam or fruit glaze in just minutes.

Finally, Shepard gives her recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that defy all the stereotypes about health food! Shepard assures viewers that she created these trans-fat and hydrogenated oil-free cookies to taste exactly the same as the original. Throughout the show both DeSantis and Shepard offer tips on topics ranging from cooking to gift giving to party hosting.

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Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis is on a mission to highlight the cooking traditions and cuisine from the US and around the world that is featured in the restaurants of D.C. In each episode, DeSantis works with D.C. metro area chefs to create unique recipes using ingredients that viewers can find at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. For more information on Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis, upcoming events, and featured recipes, visit For daily updates from Lauren DeSantis, visit