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16 November 2009

gluten-free Thanksgiving 2009

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A few days ago, we returned from California, put down our bags, and relaxed for a moment. Then, the thought struck me, as soon as I saw the date. Good god, it's almost Thanksgiving.

Can someone explain to me how this happened?

(Yeah, I know — that whole space-time continuum thing. I do know how a calendar works. But seriously, wasn't it just summer?)

I love Thanksgiving. What other holiday centers on food and gratitude? It's the gathering, the faces warming after coming in from cold air, the table laden with casseroles and squashes, the stupid inside jokes, the silence after the first bite. There is nothing like it.

However, for many people, Thanksgiving seems to be a time of dread. Planning ahead to make that much food, warm and ready in the same moment, requires spreadsheets and long shopping lists. This year, some of us can't afford a big feast. Our families drive us crazy, or worse. All that forced conversation and rehashing of old stories make some cringe. The turkey is too dry again.

Those of us who have to live gluten-free sometimes dread this holiday too, especially those of you newest to it. This is the starchiest holiday in the United States, it seems. What are we supposed to do? Go without stuffing? Green bean casserole? Pumpkin pie?

Luckily, it's far easier than you may think.

We've done a number of posts in the past that those of you who are looking for gluten-free goodness for Thanksgiving might find useful:

Gluten-free gravy

Gluten-free herb stuffing

Cranberry chutney

Gluten-free pumpkin pie

And here is some advice on how to survive this and still feel grateful, gluten-free:

How to have a gluten-free Thanksgiving

How to cook for someone gluten-free

Some lessons we learned after last Thanksgiving


That's plenty, right?

However, this year we have decided to dedicate ourselves to a joyful celebration for everyone. And so, starting tomorrow, we'll be doing a new recipe for Thanksgiving every weekday until next Thursday. What will we be sharing?

How to brine and roast a turkey, with a sure-fire spice rub recipe

Dinner rolls, the crust brushed with butter, the inside soft and bappy

Wild rice salad with chanterelle mushrooms, lemon vinaigrette, and cashew sour cream (vegan)

Cranberry pie (with a new pie crust recipe, better than before)

Gravy! How to make it, how to flavor it, and what flours to use for the roux

Pumpkin-sweet potato mash

Sparkling cranberry drink (non-alcoholic)


After all, that is what we'll be eating on Thanksgiving, here on the island, with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, Elliott, and Little Bean. All that, plus the apple-squash fritters, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts roasted with brown butter.

By next Wednesday, if you want to make these recipes, you should be having a feast on Thursday. We'd love to hear what you'll be making this year too.

Today, however, I'd love to hear what you are thankful for, right now, in this moment. Gratitude feels good. I'm certainly grateful for all of you reading.

56 Comments:

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Erin Swing said...

Yay! I'm so thankful for our awesome gluten free community!

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

I love Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. You have some great recipes and ideas on that list. I was just thinking about a rice dish and how rice is overlooked. Adding dried fruit to it - cranberries, and all kinds of berries, and nuts - makes it so festive and wintery.

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Johanna B said...

As a newly diagnosed Celiac I am grateful for websites like yours which give me ideas for living and feasting during the coming holidays. Thanks.

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Shauna,

You never cease to inspire me and, for that, I thank you. While our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, I just started talking with my mum this morning about Christmas dinner (Christmas will be my first visit to my parents' since my diagnosis with celiac last February). I just emailed her some excerpts from your site - here's hoping for a week long trip sans glutenization!

Cheers,
Laura

p.s. I can't wait to try your dinner roll recipe! We tried your pancakes the other night and, let me just say, I've never seen such a sexy batter!

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Allison Day said...

I'm SO happy to see this post. Within the past few months, we've found that two of my relatives now have to eat gluten-free, so we've been trying to figure out what to do for Thanksgiving. I really wanted to make them GF dinner rolls, and was sad when I couldn't find a recipe for them here on your blog (because I trust your recipes more than any other random GF recipes I find on the internet).

So when I saw dinner rolls in your list of upcoming posts... I'm jumping for joy. Thank you for this, I know my family and many others will benefit from your recipes. I can't wait to read these upcoming GF Thanksgiving recipe posts! :)

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Gaby said...

I am grateful (if not a bit fearful) for being 7 weeks pregnant. And for having the opportunity to slowly tell family and friends in person over the next few weeks.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Anna said...

I agree about time passing so quickly, as so often happens its hard to believe that its almost time for this wonderful holiday. As I anticipate the next month or so, I'm trying to enjoy each day and what it brings whether I accomplish everything I think I should or not. I am really thankful to be where I am, near people I care about and I want to enjoy it all as it comes.

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Allison Reece said...

You and your hubby are wonderful! Thank you for the T-Day menu! My Mom has to have gluten free foods. You've made the planning less stressful.
Allison

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous smallbluebird said...

Shauna--You're great! As an adult, I've always loved Thanksgiving more than Christmas. Just got home yesterday from Massachusetts and 2 restaurants offered us gluten-free menus when we started trying to order. We were amazed! Legal Seafood and Gibbet Hill. Server at LS made some fries in fresh oil to avoid the possible contamination. Also made fresh gf rolls for us. We tipped well and offered so much positive energy to encourage them.

 
At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Sho said...

Shauna,

Goodness, gracious, your recipes keep getting better and better. Eventually, your bagels and loaves of bread are going to be better than the gluten ones. What a team you and the Chef make!

Would you believe that when I was a little girl that I would never eat stuffing, cranberry sauce, or sweet potatoes. It took me awhile to develop the taste for those things.

I made up a recipe for pumpkin noodle kugel (Yiddish for pudding,) and nowadays I use rice spaghette in place of the noodles. Everyone still loves it. (I am wondering, though, if your book is going to have a recipe for egg noodles.)

Oh, and your pumpkin, sweet potato mash is what we call tzimmis in Yiddish. Traditionally, it is carrot tzimmiz, but I know people who make carrot, sweet potato tzimmis for Thanksgiving.

I am going to attempt a crustless pumpkin pie this year, and maybe a cranberry punch!

Take care,

Shoshannah

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Leila said...

I just stumbled upon your blog last night, and I'm so glad I found it! I have been feeling sick and horrible for the past couple years, and after doing tons of research celiac disease seems to be the culprit. While I am waiting to be tested (no doctor even thought of testing me for it), I am attempting a gluten free diet to see if it helps my symptoms. It's great to know that I can use this blog as my resource for gluten-free food, because like you, I LOVE food. I love your pumpkin sweet potato mash idea, I'm going to attempt it tonight! I'm a college student so anything that is cheap, gluten free, and healthy is awesome for me! You have some great ideas on here, and I'll be honest and say that reading your blog made me feel better about the mess I'm in, should I have celiac disease. So that is what I'm thankful for right now. Thank you =)

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm grateful to have stumbled across your blog just before you found your Chef...because you showed me what appreciation and love could be. I figured out how to make life good, and now love has found me, and I recognized it! Thank you for sharing so much of your life - you help in ways beyond good eats.

(coincidence that we're also food people? I think not. He likes GFG too.)

 
At 3:20 PM, OpenID 6p00e5523db7618834 said...

I'm grateful for my amazing husband, great friends who are like family, the sweet furry bunnies and kitties who I call mine, and the beautiful new home that we are all forging together. The health of my loved ones, the security of my job... I have so much to be intensely grateful for.

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Lila said...

The rolls sound great, but what does "bappy" mean?

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

Thank you so much for your recipes!

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Chloe (No Sugar and Spice) said...

That sounds wonderful, especially the wild rice dish which I look forward to making for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I'm grateful to not be sick at the present moment. The boyfriend and I have been sick 4 times in the past 6 weeks, and right now we are both healthy. Now I can cook wonderful Fall food and enjoy it.

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

I'm thankful to be kind of not cooking on Thanksgiving (I work full time and am a single Mon). I'm also thankful that I am healthy, employed and have two great kids. My kids spend the day with their Dad who has a big family. I don't have any family close by so want them to have that experience. I'm going to help out at a big Thanksgiving dinner in our town that feeds Seniors, homeless and home bound people.

Your new site is absolutely delicious!

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger momma rae said...

amongst many, many others, i am grateful to have found this blog! i am newly gluten free and your posts are giving me much hope...and making me quite hungry! ;)

i am also extremely thankful for the little one nursing in my life making it quite difficult to type! ;) and his big sister, too!

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm grateful that it no longer occurs to me that a gluten free Thanksgiving could be difficult. So nice to read all the posts from newly diagnosed Celiac's. Welcome to health.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Engineer Baker said...

I can't wait to see the dinner roll recipe - that'd be a fun one to try! As for being grateful, I'd say I'm most grateful, right this minute, for having gotten to see my mom's entire side of the family this last weekend. So much fun, so much love, so much food :)

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger sweetpea said...

I am grateful for so much, good health, a great job, a wonderful partner and great friends. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well. We are headed to my brothers for the day in southern MN. My sister-in-law will go to great effort to make sure I eat safely. I am making the mashed potatoes and a wild rice salad so I am anxious to see yours, as well as the other recipes. In the mean time I am busy making thousands of caramels for Christmas time.

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Merav said...

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and this will be my first gluten-free Thanksgiving, so I'm a little bit sad to be missing out on my great-aunt's stuffing and apple pie. Nevertheless, I am very thankful for my recent celiac diagnosis because now I know that that awful post-Thanksgiving feeling was not just a sign of having eaten too much and can hopefully be avoided. This year, I can bring my own stuffing and pie and skip the being-sick-for-three-days part. :-)
I'm definitely looking forward to your recipes. Thank you.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Kari said...

I'm thankful for actually feeling good. I have been gluten free for over a year and will be helping my also celiac mom cook a wonderful gluten-free thanksgiving for our family! I am very excited to see the posts you have coming!

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous La Niña said...

Hey Shauna-
Greetings from me on the road... In Portland this week.

I'm grateful for the first time in decades I'm not cooking the entire meal. My sister-in-law is hosting, and she rented a smoker and is smoking the turkey. She is a doctor and she and her hubby just adopted siblings ages 3 and 18 months and we'll see them for the first time at Thanksgiving.

I'm still in charge of the gluten-free baking, and I aim to please at least Booth and myself. I'm going to do a pumpkin cheesecake with almond crust in addition to GF bread, stuffing, gravy and pecan pie.

But I have to say that I can't wait for this year to be over. It has been the most challenging year of our lives. I'm so looking forward to finishing the novel I'm writing, and starting a completely new chapter.

I hope visits to each other's islands will be included.
-xo-N.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Thank you so much for this. I am thankful today for you and this wonderful site. I have been devouring your book over the last week and see so much of myself in it. I had the blood test today to test for Celiac, praying for answers.
Anyway, thank you so much for this. You are so very helpful.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Dana said...

I will admit that I am feeling more stressed than I would like this year. It is our second year hosting and I just can't seem to wrap my brain around all that I need to do. (And then there is the turkey issue...) But, I am grateful for all the good in my life and there is much of that. Also thankful that we get to have a play date in December!

 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Heidi said...

I'm wondering what the difference is between rice flour and sweet rice flour. Is the sweet rice flour the same as sweet glutinous rice flour?

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I love reading all this gratitude. Honestly, I could do this every day and still want to hear more!

Erin, it is a lovely community, isn't it?

Nurit, thanks for the reminder! there will be dried cherries in that wild rice dish too.

Johanna, when you are new to this, everything that says yes you will be okay is sustenance. I remember. That's why I'm doing this.

Laura, well I've never heard a pancake batter described as sexy before. Hurrah for that!

Allison, I'm so happy to hear that you trust our recipes. We both feel they're growing better by the week. And more dinner rolls are baking as I write this! I think you'll like them.

Gaby, congratulations. I remember the trepidation and enormous joy just wanting to spill out at 7 weeks pregnant. I hope all is well.

Anna, you wrote "I am really thankful to be where I am." Most people could not write that sentence truthfully. What a gift.

Allison, I'm so glad we could take some stress away from you!

Smallbluebird, both those dining experiences sound great! I had a meal at Legal Seafood in the Boston airport once, and I’m still thinking about the joy of finding I could eat that was more than Cheetos!

Sho, oh goodness, I didn't realize we were making tzimmis. That makes me even happier. It's actually a shift from Marcus Samuelsson's pumpkin mash. Worldwide dish, this.

Leila, I’m so happy that you are starting to find some answers and advocate for yourself. And I’m thrilled to bits if my writing this is helping you to find your way through the confusion.

Sarah, you made my day with this comment. Thrilled that you found someone you love, and he loves you. And if writing about me and Danny helped you to do that? Gosh.

6p00….. (oh heavens, that’s quite the blog name!), what a wonderful attitude. I know that I forget, in moments of stress, just how much is already here. You sound really grounded.

Lila, a “bap” is a kind of bread roll, especially soft. So I made up bappy, meaning, “like a bap.” (I make up words all the time.) It was the only one that fit for me.

Jessica, you’re welcome!

Chloe, ugh. There is so much flu and sickness going around now. Keep the feeling well streak going strong!

Lisa, that’s so beautiful that you are giving your kids the experience of family and you are volunteering at a shelter. Wow. Clearly, you’re cool

Momma rae, I’m so happy I could help. And those little ones keep everything about gratitude, don’t they? (That and exhaustion!)

Andrea, I feel the same! To me it’s just Thanksgiving now. I’m really excited for anyone who has finally been diagnosed.

Engineer Baker, oh you. You always know the right things in life.

Sweetpea, having been one of the lucky recipients of those caramels once, I can say that you are going to be spreading gratitude all around you!

Merav, and once you have the hang of this, you can make your great-aunt’s stuffing and apple pie gluten-free!

Kari, Yep! Feeling good is better than any old stuffing recipe any day.

Nina, dear Nina. I miss you so. Always. Island time soon. Please.

Kim, I do so hope you get the right diagnosis. If you have celiac, it’s fantastic to know! And then you can feel better. Thank you.

Dana, I know. That play date will be wonderful. Can you divvy up the duties? You shouldn’t have to do everything!

 
At 2:05 AM, Anonymous SarahKate said...

I'm thankful that today, in my office, I have a seat by the window. The sun is coming in and I have a view of Winchester Cathedral. It's hard to do work when the view is this lovely. There's nothing like the light in autumn.

 
At 3:57 AM, Blogger Brisa said...

I am thankful for having someone in my life who makes me wonder if this hapiness you show us here is really that impossible for me to achieve. I think I might have found it in him. I hope so.

I am also grateful for this site, for the opportunity to see that living a gf life is not as hard as I am experiencing it. It just takes a little effort, I guess...

 
At 4:44 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

I am thankful that we finally found out what was killing my wife (Celiac's) and that now we can move forward with better food on our table and a smile on her face. She is my morning sun and the look on her and my three daughter's faces, when I put another of Dad's home-made meals on the table, all gluten-free, make me thankful every day for the gifts God has given me.

 
At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot thank you enough for including a vegan, gluten free option. I look forward to that recipe!

Going gluten free was not enough for me and my health issues. I am now a gluten free vegan in search of great recipes.

A great book I've found is the Gluten Free Vegan. I wish you'd do a review on it. And I see there's a new gluten free baking book out and you wrote the forward. Can you please share information about that book? Amazon won't allow a search!

Thanks for your blog and including vegan options. With casein-free diets rising enormously in popularity, you will definitely find a larger audience!

 
At 6:02 AM, Blogger Anna Jean said...

I'm very grateful to be part of your reading community, to be learning new flavors and foods, and how to cook with them. My food life truly has changed in the last 6 months, and part of that is reading blogs like this one. It has also changed my ideas about writing, and my own blogging. I'm grateful for all of it.

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Chelsey said...

I am grateful that I have hope to keep moving through these headaches I experience everyday.

I have been going gluten free, but the change is minimal. I am preparing to start the specific carbohydrate diet (I have intestinal issues too). It is a bit restrictive, and a big commitment, but I am ready to resolve to anything that will show promise in relieving these symptoms.

Even though I experience these daily inconveniences I am truly thankful to have experienced them. It reminds me that I am not invincible (what I am not superwoman?!)and I fall prey to the same things in life as anyone else would. My heart feels where I would never allow it to go before. I take time to see how my friends and family are actually doing. I have a heart for those who suffer and are in pain. Before I probably would have never taken the time to stop and really care. My life pace is now running on a normal wavelength. Naturally I liked to move in the past at warp speed (I have no idea exactly where I was going so fast, must have been a great destination, right?). I take life slower enjoying time at a normal pace. When my headaches go away (I do get relief a few days at a time) I never take for granted the time of being pain free, ever. Life is a gift, time is here and now. I don't want to waste one minute of it. That pretty much sums it up. Life is what you make of it, and I chose to see the good in the bad. There is hope waiting around every corner I take. One step at a time I will make the journey to a headache free life.

 
At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray!

 
At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful to be teaching my nine year old daughter every step of our family Thanksgiving menu this year. Love that! Happy Turkey day to you!

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Nomadic Fanatic said...

I am grateful for books (the closest we can get to reading minds), blogs, the internet, having the means to not have to worry about being hungry, my loving husband, my pooch, my family, my ability to roll with it,my power of choice and my ability to make jewelry. Life is good!

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Kylie of Thin Crust Deep Dish said...

There's so much I'm thankful for these days. But one thing I've been thinking about a lot lately is the community created by and within the food blogging community. I've benefited so immensely from reading food blogs and becoming a food blogger myself. Who would have thought that connecting over the computer could have such an effect on so many people's lives?

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger md said...

Bap also is East Bay street-slang for something ... well, let's just say it's not fit for description on a family website. (Does it really mean bread roll as well?)

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Dia said...

Hi, Shauna - thanks for the cup of tea n . . . . oh, is the mike on?! (giggles)

I JUST got your book (Powell's :) & it is SO good!! Stayed up late devouring it - thanks for sharing so much of your journey!

My daughter had the genetic testing done this summer, & we've been gluten free (I passed on the gene) since then - great to see these recipes for Turkey Day! (& the ones in GF Girl)
I was born to folks who went thru the depression, so grew up with lots of REAL FOOD (& white bread, & sugar on my cereal) then was a 'hippy mom' who cooked a bunch from scratch, inc 'yummy' brown bread, but also lots of brown rice! . . . so I have fun playing with the recipes, tweeking them here & there, & quinoa has been a fav since the early 90s!

Hugs, & may we all sail thru the holiday without tummy aches or needing to go back to bed for a few days!

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Emily said...

I'm incredibly grateful that you're giving me a gf dinner roll recipe . . . I've been searching high and low, trying to adapt recipes myself, and settling for slices of millet bread for the last three Thanksgivings. If I could hug you right now, I would. I may also cry.

 
At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Peg said...

I have much to be grateful for - my new Husband of 1 1/2 years; my health after finding out that I need to eat gluten-free; my Temple, Temple Micah, and its members, and this wonderful blog - thank you for being a never-ending resource of optimism, hope, and information about how to eat gluten free. Thank you for sharing so much of your life and loves with us.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Shawnee said...

Shauna,

I've been a silent reader for ages, but decided this is the perfect post to stop being shy and finally say something.

I am so grateful for many things! For making it through the celiac anger and now loving food more than I did before (which was a lot). I can now echo the happy sentiment that Thanksgiving is just Thanksgiving, only even better! And again as others, I am grateful for finding safe food popping up more and more!

I am grateful for living in a beautiful beach town, fall weather, and especially that I am finally finding people that offer true friendship and emotional sustenance, and that aren't afraid of being around someone who is gluten (and casein) free, and who care enough to make sure that what they share with me keeps me healthy rather than harms me. It is truly a blessing.

I also want to let you know how grateful I am for you and your blog. It is truly inspiring and brightens my day.

I'm grateful to know that you and the chef found each other and have built such a wonderful, loving, and rich home - and that you choose to share that with our online community (which is fantastic!). I'm sure I'm not the only one that can say it gives me hope that love like that exists, and a life that rich can be forged.

And I am also grateful for your chocolate chip cookie recipe. I didn't really miss cookies all that much, but the moment I put a nibble of the dough in my mouth I literally fell to the floor and burst into tears. I think I sat there on my floor and cried for a good 20 minutes as all my childhood baking memories came flooding over me. It was an overwhelmingly healing and wonderful moment.

But most of all I am grateful for the paragraph in your book where you wrote of not understanding how people that are diagnosed with celiac continue to 'cheat'. I was one of those cheaters. When I read that sentence it was a much needed wake-up call, and the beginning of me truly learning to love and respect myself. Thinking back to that moment still brings tears to my eyes.

I'm grateful for so much, thank you for being such an inspiration!

Shawnee

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I am grateful for fresh cranberries! I squealed when I saw the bag at Costco and my son said, "Buy them! Right now!"

I don't know why, but somehow I had forgotten about cranberries. When I got home, I started babbling to my husband as I listed off my different ideas for making cranberry sauce (plain with honey, with apples, with orange juice), and how I thought I could make different batches...

He just blinked and said, "Why don't you just make one kind, hmm?"

I just stopped and blushed. I knew I would not have time for all of that. I was just excited. :)

 
At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Kiwi said...

Last year, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Gluten-free eating is so much easier on my digestive tract! Unfortunately, this year I relapsed and spent summer 2009 in a much worse state than summer 2008. Though remission still isn't within sight, I am grateful for many, many things, 2 of which I will share with you:

1) My medical team. Oh my gosh, they are wonderful. I've become a regular at my GI's office; all the doctors, nurses and receptionists strike up conversations now, crack jokes, etc. Between October 14 and November 13, I was at the hospital 8 times! And you know what? I loved every visit thanks to those shining smiles.

2) My city's one and only dedicated GF bakery! It's on the same street as my GI's clinic. How perfect is that?! Cheesy buns, carrot cake, personal pizzas... What was I talking about? Oh yes - though I love to cook and bake, having a GF bakery *right there* makes my life a million times more convenient when I'm feeling ill.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! :o) (Posting this has made me ridiculously happy).

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Everything sounds fabulous, I may have to make some adjustments to our menu for the day. Thank you!

 
At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Kristina said...

Most of all, this year I'm profoundly grateful for having been diagnosed with, then cured of (via surgery), cancer. It was an emotionally wrenching and sometimes physically painful experience, but I don't think there was any other way I could have learned how loved I am, and how merciful God is.

I'm grateful for Jesus, my family, my friends, my coworkers, my cats, and life in general.

I'm grateful for second, third, fourth, and seventy-seventh chances. ;)

I'm grateful for having a job in this economy.

I'm grateful for the beauty of nature and the ways it manages to endure in spite of us.

I'm grateful for other people.

I'm grateful for animals.

I'm grateful for the plant world and how it feeds, clothes, medicates, nourishes, and sustains us.

I'm grateful for the ways that food can nourish and heal us, as well as give us such pleasure.

I'm grateful for life! :)

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Whimsy Valentine said...

I'm grateful for the sweet 5 week old baby resting sweetly in my arms... Grateful that her arrival was safe and reallygrateful that she sleeps 6 hours at night! I'm also giving thanks that my family is healthy, and that I have a husband who's supportive and nurturing and kind. I hope I can make him at least one of your recipes in Thanksgiving ( but I'm not holding my breath... I did mention the newborn right?!)

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Shauna,
I was just reading Shawnee's post and it gave me an idea.

My daughter is 18 and has a hard time adhering to the gluten free diet. As a mom there is NOTHING I can say that can really help her in this --all I can do is cook like crazy and offer great tasting gluten-free options.

But Shauna...you are such a master with words...I have to wonder if after talking to so many people who have obviously had a hard time complying to the diet if you might have the opportunity to write to this issue. Though I don't think you personally have had compliance issues -- those who have few symptoms like my daughter could use some encouragement. It would be great if she would read your blog on a regular basis but I don't think she would. Whatever you would write I could print it out for her. It is bound to be a message (funny, warm, interesting) that my daughter could connect with.

What do you think?

Karen Robertson

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Dara @ MyVeryFirstKitchen said...

Ooooh I look forward to reading the awesome up coming recipes!! SOund fab!

<3, D

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

I am grateful for God, my husband, my mom, brother and SIL, little wee Luke, my pup pup piggy girl, and still having a job in this horrid economy! Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Lyndsay said...

Yes, as another reader said, although Canadian thanksgiving is far in the past, I will definitely be making many of your recipes for the holiday season.

So happy there are more and more delicious gluten free options!

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger amy said...

I'm grateful for Wednesdays off--time to slow down and reconnect w/ my life. (and catch up on my blogs!)

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Glenn+Jenn+Owen+Ian said...

Congrats on the NPR article - I only saw the title on my Facebook feed about a gluten-free Thanksgiving and I thought to myself, they better have covered Gluten Free Girl - and they did - in all your glory! Yeah! So proud in some stranger sort of way! Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 3:16 AM, Blogger Auglaise said...

I'm grateful that this year, I get to have my first Thanksgiving in eight years - I live in Britain, and it's not Thanksgiving here so I don't really celebrate it. Not only that, but I also get to celebrate it with my almost-brother-in-law (the wedding is the day after Thanksgiving), as well as introducing the English man I plan to spend the rest of my life with to my family and the holiday. It's an amazing feeling!

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Aryn said...

It looks like blogger skipped a day and left out your rolls post! I'm so thankful for your bread recipes - I can't wait to try the rolls!

 

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