It’s creeping into the picture, that pumpkin pie. Just like the stuffing, the gravy, the cornbread dressing, the mashed potatoes, the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the sweet potatoes, the roasted cauliflower, the olives, the family gathering, and the need to end the meal by unbuttoning our pants. Oof. It’s almost time for Thanksgiving.
Are you ready?
Sure you are. After all, it’s only a meal. I like to remind people of this frequently. There’s no need to make this perfect. I know that all those glossy magazines and food television shows make us feel like we need to make this color-coordinated and burnished to a fine shine, but the fact remains nothing is perfect. (After all, Martha Stewart’s food doesn’t look that good when she doesn’t have a team of stylists and someone making the photographs for her.)
Honestly, it’s the time around the table, the laughter, the board games, and the fire whispering away in the fireplace that moves me most.
Can we all agree to relax?
To help you relax, Danny and I have made you an iPad app, showing you how to bake everything you need for Thanksgiving, gluten-free and grain-free. This year, we also have a digital download for those of you without an iPad.
See? Thanksgiving just grew easier.
And for years, we’ve been making gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes for you. From appetizers to desserts, we’ve made them as delicious as we can.
Here are some of the best of them:
Broccoli Winter Slaw (vegetarian)
Brussels Sprouts Salad (vegetarian)
Emerald City Salad (vegetarian)
Roasted Vegetable Salad (vegetarian)
BAKED GOODS AND DESSERTS
Last year, we made you videos, showing you how to make every dish you’ll want on your Thanksgiving table. Here they are!
How to roast a turkey.
How to make great mashed potatoes.
How to make gluten-free gravy.
How to make gluten-free stuffing.
How to make cornbread for dressing.
How to make butternut squash soup.
How to make roasted cauliflower.
How to make cranberry chutney.
And after the big day:
And if youre tired all those carbs and starches, make turkey lettuce cups with pear and walnuts.
This year, we realized how many gluten-free people seem to heal more fully by giving up all grains entirely. That’s not hard through the year, but on Thanksgiving? The starchiest holiday of the year? That’s tough.
But not really. Because we’ve come up with a grain-free flour mix we love, one that works for every baking recipe in our gluten-free Thanksgiving baking iPad app, as well as the digital download version of the app. You can have a delicious, grain-free Thanksgiving this year.
A grain-free Thanksgiving!
All you have to do is replace the grain flour mix in the original recipe with the same number of grams of the grain-free mix. It works.
The sandwich bread recipe does call for 100 grams of oat flour, but you can just substitute 100 grams of almond flour in its place. Or, if you have access to raw buckwheat groats, grind those into a flour and use 100 grams of that in the sandwich bread. That’s what we do here.
Of course, it’s easy to replace the white flour in cornbread with a grain-free mix but not the corn. But we’ve thought of that too! We use a buckwheat cereal in place of the cornmeal. Sure, it’s not really cornbread. But it has a similar structure and a delicious flavor. Plus, that makes it grain-free.)
Plus, there’s pie.
Would it really be Thanksgiving without pie?
We show you how to make gluten-free and grain-free pie dough in our gluten-free Thanksgiving baking iPad app, as well as the digital download version of the app. You can use that pie dough to make cranberry-orange pie, coconut-banana pie, and of course, pumpkin pie.
(We’ve already roasted a local pumpkin for our pumpkin pie this year. I think I might like the pie best.)
No one should have to feel deprived on Thanksgiving. Whether you have to be gluten-free or grain-free, our gluten-free Thanksgiving baking iPad app, as well as the digital download version of the app should help.
Now, let’s talk about those board games and laughter. What will be the best part of the day for you?