It’s November. The big day is coming.
(No, I’m not talking about the election. I do not want to talk about the election. Just vote.)
If you’re gluten-free, you know the day I mean. It’s almost Thanksgiving.
In this house, it has been Thanksgiving since July. I’m not kidding. Since the dog days of summer, we have been baking, tweaking recipes, filming, writing, making pie, and taking photographs of it. For you.
Thanksgiving is the only national holiday that revolves entirely around food. We bake and cook and prep for days, to sit at a table laden with food, our family and friends surrounding us. Whether or not your meal echoes that famous Norman Rockwell painting, that time around the table together is important.
How are you going to do this gluten-free? You might be panicking. Will I be able to eat anything? Will anyone in my family help me? What will it feel like to sit at the dinner table and not be able to share the meal? Is it all plain turkey and cranberry sauce from now on?
Never fear. We’re here to help.
Let us show you how warm and wonderful a gluten-free Thanksgiving can be.
So you see? It can be an incredible day.
We want to finally let you in on what we have been planning for months.
Thanksgiving Baking with Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
People, Pableaux is something else. He’s the best, fastest-talking iPad app developer out there. He’s family around here now. And he has imagined and designed one of the most beautiful iPad apps I’ve ever seen.
In our Thanksgiving Baking iPad app, we show you the ingredients you’ll need in your pantry, the equipment you’ll need for baking, and some tips for how to survive the holiday, no matter how your family reacts to the news that you need to be gluten-free. The essays are lavishly illustrated with photographs that are intended to make you hungry.
But the heart of the app are the baking recipes you need to make this a great Thanksgiving, gluten-free. Here’s what we show you how to make in the app:
° a soft gluten-free sandwich bread
° white-bread stuffing
° cornbread dressing
° dinner rolls
° pie dough
° pie fillings to make apple pie, pumpkin pie, cranberry-ginger pie, and dairy-free coconut-banana cream pie)
° apple-walnut cake
° pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger crust
Each recipe is presented in easy-to-understand format, with plenty of interactive features including video illustrations of everything you need to see. Tap the screen and let us walk you through each recipe’s technique and texture.
We want you to have a successful Thanksgiving, gluten-free.
(p.s. This is only the first in a series of iPad apps we are doing. Next month, the holiday baking app!)
The Thanksgiving Baking app is done. We’re just waiting for Apple to approve it. Come on over to the launch page for the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking app and put down your email address. As soon as it’s in the App Store, you’ll be notified so you can download it and start baking.
But this is only a temporary glitch. We’re so excited about this I can barely type these words. We just can’t wait to share this Thanksgiving Baking iPad app with you.
Before the opportunity to create the iPad app arose, we could think of nothing more joyful than to create Thanksgiving videos with Debra and Rod Smith of Smith Bites Photography.
We love these two people. They have become family to us as well. (We feel pretty lucky that, in creating material for you for Thanksgiving, we found new people we’d love to have sitting at our table.) They get us. They’re kind, sharp, funny, and just good folks.
So, for two weeks in August, Debra and Rod stayed with us, here on Vashon Island. Whenever Lucy was at school, we shot videos in our kitchen. We made roasted turkey in 90-degree weather. We made roasted cauliflower three ways, made cranberry chutney with orange zest, mashed potatoes, stirred up gravy, whisked up a butternut squash soup, and dressed up store-bought hummus to make a quick appetizer to serve before the big meal. We made cornbread and cornbread dressing, sandwich bread and white-bread stuffing, and pie. Lots of pie. We made turkey cottage pie with the leftover turkey, plus turkey hash and turkey in lettuce cups. There were quarts of homemade turkey stock in our refrigerator.
(One of my favorite memories of being with these wonderful people was the afternoon we broke for lunch after making mashed potatoes and gravy. We four sat down at the table outside, poured gravy into the bowl of potatoes, and dug in with four spoons.)
We even went to our local grocery store and, with the store’s permission, walked up and down each aisle and talked about how to shop for a gluten-free Thanksgiving.
And Debra and Rod filmed everything, then edited the videos, for you.
They made the beautiful video you see above, shot at our good friend Gypsy and Stephen’s house. (Thank you, Gypsy and Stephen!) Our friends Ashley and Gabe came over with their wonderful kids, and our dear friends Anita and Cameron were in town from San Francisco so they came by too, and we all had a feast. The full feast, after making three or four dishes a day. In 90-degree heat, in August. (If you see us wiping sweat off our faces, you’ll know why.)
We really wanted you to know: a gluten-free Thanksgiving could be the best holiday you’ve ever celebrated.
So, starting today, there will be a video on this site every day leading up to Thanksgiving, and even some in the days after. (What do you do with all those leftovers?) We want to show you how to make the entire meal, laughing, and confident in the kitchen.
We’re also going to give you the recipes for nearly every dish. The baked goods? Well, you’ll have to buy the iPad app for those, of course!
So get ready for gluten-free grocery shopping, cauliflower, and cranberry chutney in the next few days!
sit back and enjoy the recipes.
We have so much to share with you in the next few weeks.
Welcome to our Thanksgiving table.