posts tagged "thanksgiving"

Cranberry Walnut Bread Revised

Posted on September 24, 2009

After receiving this comment about my gluten free Cranberry Nut Bread from a reader named Caroline I became somewhat concerned about the recipe.  I proceeded to test it several times in response.  First, though, before I share my results with you, here is Caroline’s comment:

Hello – I have just made your cranberry walnut bread using your exact recipe and strangely, my bread turned out very, very dark, as if there was molasses in it.  The batter looked much lighter in ... read more →

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Posted on May 28, 2009

These vegan, gluten free Cranberry Orange Biscotti are delicious with a cup of tea or after dinner as a light (or lite) treat.

My younger son thinks these are delicious and packed some in his lunch last night for today…the last day of school.  Summer.  Hooray!  The boys are very happy to be free.  And play lots of baseball this summer.  I’m looking forward to taking them to the pool and splashing around with them and their friends.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

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Raw Cranberry Sauce

Posted on November 25, 2008

Fresh raw cranberries with dates, orange and lemon.

From the recipe archive: Originally posted in 2008. This homemade cranberry sauce is a perfect side for your healthy Paleo Thanksgiving dinner.

This sweet yet tart raw cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, in fact, it’s one of my favorite naturally gluten free dishes of all time!

Tart, tangy and full of healing properties, just last week I ate an entire test batch.  I adore cranberries and stock up during this ... read more →

Thanksgiving Dishes

Posted on November 21, 2008

-photo from his daveness on Flickr

Thanksgiving is the holiday of plenty, bursting with gratitude, though often excess food as well.  Sometimes on this earthy, festive occasion, we end up too full and feel less than great by the day’s end.

To avoid that phenomenon, this year my family will cut down on sweet carb-filled dishes and make several with green vegetables, so that we have bounty and selection, though don’t end up stuffed.

Next Thursday, we will be having a simple roasted ... read more →

Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Posted on October 10, 2008

Some days I need a little inspiration. I knew that I would be baking squash for our Shabbat dinner tonight. And I knew it would have some delicious dried cranberries in it. I just wasn’t entirely sure what form it would all take.

I looked around on the internet for a bit and saw this scrumptious looking recipe for a Southern style baked acorn squash and was on my way!

Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing

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2 acorn squash
boiling water
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Fig Tapenade with Walnut Crackers

Posted on February 28, 2008

Inspiration struck today. As did its friend creativity. The sun was bright for the third day in a row over here in Colorado and my faith in all things good returned. Whatever had a hold of me –seasonal affect disorder, Mercury in retrograde, who knows, who cares –it’s gone! I took a long slow walk and saw the last patches of melting snow, flowers popping up through mud and upon arriving home, I observed sap running down the maples in ... read more →

Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2007

UPDATE: please visit my updated Thanksgiving Day recipes post for 2008.

Thanksgiving. I find it challenging to write the word without giving some sort of gratitude. Each year, before we partake in our Thanksgiving feast, we go around the table and take the time to say a few words of gratitude, stating our thanks for things such as the food at the table, good friends and the roof over our head.

Thanksgiving and autumn in general seem to be such a good ... read more →

Squash “Pie”

Posted on November 21, 2007

This dish is really more of a soufflé, though in my house it has come to be known as the cherished “Squash Pie.” This morning my dear friend Amado called looking for this recipe for his Thanksgiving feast.

Squash Pie

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2 medium butternut squash, cut in half, seeded
3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

Rub squash with a dab of coconut oil
Place cut side down on a metal baking sheet
Bake squash in ... read more →

Chestnuts with Brussel Sprouts

Posted on November 20, 2007

In the process of creating this recipe I cooked chestnuts in a variety of ways. I report here: do not bother with the boiling method. This manner of preparation entails the painstaking prying of many little nuts from their shells. During that process I felt like a squirrel –with a knife.

My favorite way, providing both ease and the tastiest results, is the pan roasting method. After you remove the chestnuts from the pan, remove the shells while they are still ... read more →

Squash with Cherries

Posted on November 20, 2007

This is one of my fall favorites. I started making it years ago when we lived in New York. This dish showcases squash as great comfort food for the whole family.

Squash with Cherries

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1 large butternut squash, peeled, cut into one inch cubes
½ cup dried cherries
3 vanilla beans
3 cinnamon sticks
10 slivers lemon peel
1 cup apple juice
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

Toss ingredients together in an 9 x 13 inch baking dish
Bake covered at 350° for one hour
Remove cover and bake an ... read more →

Gravy

Posted on November 19, 2007

During this time of year I make gravy on a weekly basis. When the cold, damp weather sets in, rich, warm, gravy makes for a delicious comfort food smothered over roasted chicken or turkey.

Gravy

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4 cups chicken stock
poultry gizzards (optional)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
pan drippings
1 tablespoon kudzu
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

In a medium saucepan bring stock, gizzards, onions and garlic to a boil
Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until onions are soft
Add drippings from roasting pan, ... read more →

Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Posted on November 18, 2007

This week, I have been testing the Thanksgiving menu that I shared with those of you signed up for my newsletter. We had almost a full Thanksgiving dinner last Wednesday and leftovers Thursday and Friday. Needless to say, my husband was not too thrilled with eating turkey 3 nights in a row just a week before Thanksgiving.

Below is the turkey recipe I used for our pre-Thanksgiving feast. I will make it again this Thursday for the real turkey day. ... read more →

Pumpkin Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Posted on November 12, 2007

My son’s viola teacher, Sandra, asked for advice regarding traditional Thanksgiving family fare. The next thing I knew, she had given me a copy of a recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Upside-Down Cake featured in Sunset Magazine’s November 2007 issue. I made several changes to it, most notably removing the sugar, dairy and gluten and was pleased with the results.

This dessert is a rich, moist cross between a pumpkin cake and a pumpkin pie. Perfect for that post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving time ... read more →

Kale with Cranberries

Posted on February 22, 2007

More kale mom!

Say hello to Kale with Cranberries! This salad recipe contains: kale, a cancer fighting superfood packed with flavonoids; cranberries, high in vitamin C; and pine nuts, the edible seed of the pine tree, and higher in protein than any other seed.

My boys fight over this one. The four of us can finish off the 2 bunches of kale that the recipe calls for in one sitting. Even when their dad is not home for dinner, the three of ... read more →

Butternut Squash Soup

Posted on January 30, 2007

Simple and creamy vegan butternut squash soup to warm your belly.

This vegan recipe for butternut squash soup is great for a cold winter’s day. We’ve had a lot of those lately. I haven’t worn anything outside but snow boots in 2007.

We just had our 7th snow storm in seven weeks. I don’t mind, I was raised in California where we pretended that a heavy frost was “snow.” Here’s some good grub for staying warm.

Butternut Squash Soup

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2 tablespoons olive oil
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Cranberry Sauce

Posted on November 10, 2006

Deliciously tart cranberry sauce –naturally gluten free

Did you ever wonder how to make fresh cranberry sauce?  You can add another recipe to your gluten free condiment repertoire by making this quick and easy recipe.

When I see fresh cranberries in the grocery store, I know fall is upon us. My boys love cranberry sauce and I have a special recipe that I make for them that includes ginger and dried apricots. Here it is…

Cranberry Sauceprint

1 pound fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups water
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