short rib

Non Traditional Holiday Meal Ideas

I enjoy traditional holiday meals with turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, etc., especially on Thanksgiving.  There is something very comforting about knowing that you will have it at least once a year, maybe more with leftovers.  Unfortunatley, some of my family members are not fans of the traditional stuff, so here are some options if you want to take a break from the traditional holiday meal this year.

Order BBQ from the famous Salt lick in Texas.

This is what we did last year from Thanksgiving and it was a hit.  Not to mention the fact that it reminds my husband and I of our time at the University of Texas at Austin. My favorites are the brisket and the sausage, both are gluten free as is the BBQ sauce.  I would order soon if you want it for Thanksgiving.  We’ve done it for Christmas dinner too, so if you miss Thanksgiving you can get for Christmas or other holiday celebrations.

salt lick bbq

Short ribs

We made short ribs for Christmas dinner last year and it was great.

short ribs

Make Turducken

I have to say that I haven’t done this before, but my husband has and he said it’s great. You can get a turducken from the Cajun Grocer and if you order soon you can still get it in time for Thanksgiving.… Read Full Post

Pumpkin Spice Cake, Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Well, it’s that time of year, the time to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING…just kidding.  Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (it is in fact a fruit not a vegetable), so I like to put it in food, deserts etc when I can, especially this time of year.  I decided to make a pumpkin cake rather than the usual pumpkin pie, because I’ve always loved spice cake and why not get the added benefits of pumpkin right? Here are just a few of the added health benefits of pumpkin:

According to Nutrition and You: 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins.

According to Medical News Today: The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants and vitamins contained within pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.

That being said, adding lots of butter and sugar can detract from these benefits a bit, but hey might as well feel a bit better about indulging right.  This recipe was also featured by Treetopia last year, it will definitely be a hit.  This recipe can be made with regular wheat flour or 1-to-1 gluten free flour.  … Read Full Post

Gluten Free Holiday Meals and Entertaining

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Table setting Thanksgiving 2014
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Thanksgiving 2013
gluten free pumpkin pie
fresh gluten free pumpkin pies
Pao de Quejo
Gluten free Pao de Quejo

I love having friends and family over for the holidays, but gluten free holiday meals can seem daunting.  We usually have one or two orphans(someone who isn’t able go home for the holidays) and some family over for the holidays.  Our gatherings are usually pretty small, because our families are spread out all over the US, so getting everyone in the same room over a holiday is pretty impossible.   Entertaining does give me an excuse to set the table beautifully, bring out the nice serving platters, utensils, etc, but when you’re making food for lots of non-gluten free people, you don’t want them to feel like they’re missing out.  When I do have people over I usually make everything gluten free….I used to buy pre-made non gluten free stuffing, but everyone usually liked my homemade gluten free version so now I only make everything gluten free.

In past years, I’ve ordered partially prepared meals and picked them up.  In Los Angeles, my go-to is Whole Foods.  I like “Thanksgiving food”, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, but I have learned that I’m usually the only one that is enthusiastic about the food.  … Read Full Post

4th of July Special- Eton Mess

Today I have a very special Fourth of July treat for you. I am making a traditional English dessert called Eton Mess and making it American for Fourth of July.  It’s a very simple yet decadent dessert with whipped cream, berries and meringues.  It is easy to make and you can make it before you have people come over and serve it chilled when they arrive.

For a little history on this desert, let’s look at what Wikipedia has to say:

“Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century. According to Recipes from the Dairy (1995) by Robin Weir, who spoke to Eton College’s librarian, Eton mess was served in the 1930s in the school’s “sock shop” (tuck shop), and was originally made with either strawberries or bananas mixed with ice-cream or cream. Meringue was a later addition, and may have been an innovation by Michael Smith, the author of Fine English Cookery (1973). An Eton mess can be made with many other types of summer fruit, but strawberries are regarded as more traditional.

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