My Gluten-Free Journey: Feeling Excluded and Managing the Holidays

Toasting the Holidays |

Let’s face it, December is a weird month.  It feels like someone turned the record player up too fast and everyone is moving at a pace that sounds like how the Chipmunks speak.  There is excitement and panic in the air, an over abundance of food and eating events as well as stress.  I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer but such is the nature of December. Everyone is navigating this cocktail of deliverables, festivity, joy and for some, sorrow.  One of the aspects of being gluten-free that … CONTINUE READING

24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes and a GF Gingerbread House Kit Giveaway

24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie recipes -

The holidays are upon us and while we are tempted with door-buster sales starting at 3 a.m., I turn my sights on special activities to countdown to Christmas.  There are many special traditions we hold in our family, one of which is a Countdown to Christmas box I picked up at a Hobby Store when my kids were very young.  It’s a miniature cabinet with a little drawer for each day in December.  Though I do put candy in the little drawers, I love to fill the box with notes about fun things to … CONTINUE READING

100 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

100 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes -

As a child I never really cared for Thanksgiving.  It just seemed like an excuse to stuff one’s self without much deeper meaning.  I guess I really never coupled the story of the Pilgrims and Indians (we didn’t yet call them Native Americans) with a modern day opportunity to give thanks.  As an adult it has become a favorite holiday.  A celebration and reflection for all that is the bounty of our lives.  No commercialism; just a chance to enjoy good food and company. Having said that it … CONTINUE READING

Sparkling Cranberry-Orange Cava cocktail

Sparkling Cranberry-Orange Cava Cocktail |

 This exploration is sponsored by Freixenet and is for viewing only by those of legal alcohol purchasing age.  Please always remember to drink responsibly! The season of celebrating is upon us.  Corks will be popping and bubbles flowing from now through New Year’s Day.  But how does one decode what to buy and serve?  As wine consumers have become more savvy and international logistics have made choices more available, that which is commonly referred to as ‘Champagne’ has become more … CONTINUE READING

Six Unexpected Gluten-Free Holiday Appetizers

6 Unexpected Gluten-Free Holiday Appetizers -

The holiday season brings extra gatherings to attend and host, friends and family with whom to be reunited.  As much as food is a centerpiece of all these occasions, no one wants to serve the same tired food nor spend hours in the kitchen when they could be catching up and socializing. Over the past year I’ve shared some cozy appetizers that aren’t run of the mill.  They don’t take a ton of time to prepare but the response will be notable.  I served the Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Roll with … CONTINUE READING

Homemade Lemony Turkey Stock and Jalapeno Turkey Noodle Soup {gluten-free}

Homemade Lemony Turkey Stock and Jalapeno Turkey Noodle Soup |

Making stock from scratch is undoubtedly a labor of love.  And like love, there is nothing comparable to the layered flavors coming from hours of gently simmering the carcass of a turkey (or chicken) with simple vegetables and seasonings.  It's worth the wait and purchased poultry stock will pale by comparison once you have made your own poultry stock. We don’t let a holiday pass without eking out every last drop of the leftovers which always includes making stock.  It’s usually used … CONTINUE READING