archive for November, 2007

Kale with Gomasio

Posted on November 29, 2007

I’ve been laying low since Thanksgiving, cleaning my house with abandon, giving away everything the boys and I don’t use. That said, in between sorting stuff and testing desserts for the upcoming holidays, I’ve been relying on some staple seasonal vegetable dishes to take me through the dark season.

This is an easy, family favorite. Just steam the kale and sprinkle with gomasio.

Kale with Gomasio

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1 bunch kale
2 cups sesame seeds
1 tablespoon celtic sea salt

Rinse the kale, slice into ribbons and steam […]

Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2007

UPDATE: please visit my updated Thanksgiving Day recipes post for 2008.

Thanksgiving. I find it challenging to write the word without giving some sort of gratitude. Each year, before we partake in our Thanksgiving feast, we go around the table and take the time to say a few words of gratitude, stating our thanks for things such as the food at the table, good friends and the roof over our head.

Thanksgiving and autumn in general seem to be such a good […]

Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on November 21, 2007

Justine, my new pen pal in San Francisco, recently went gluten-free. We have been corresponding about her quest to find a good gluten free pie crust for the holidays. I have had much fun chatting with Justine via email, enjoying her determination and attention to detail. Justine, here is my take on a flaky gluten-free crust. Please let me know how it turns out.

Gluten Free Pie Crust

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1½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup grapeseed […]

Squash “Pie”

Posted on November 21, 2007

This dish is really more of a soufflé, though in my house it has come to be known as the cherished “Squash Pie.” This morning my dear friend Amado called looking for this recipe for his Thanksgiving feast.

Squash Pie

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2 medium butternut squash, cut in half, seeded
3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

Rub squash with a dab of coconut oil
Place cut side down on a metal baking sheet
Bake squash […]

Chestnuts with Brussel Sprouts

Posted on November 20, 2007

In the process of creating this recipe I cooked chestnuts in a variety of ways. I report here: do not bother with the boiling method. This manner of preparation entails the painstaking prying of many little nuts from their shells. During that process I felt like a squirrel –with a knife.

My favorite way, providing both ease and the tastiest results, is the pan roasting method. After you remove the chestnuts from the pan, remove the shells while they are still […]

Squash with Cherries

Posted on November 20, 2007

This is one of my fall favorites. I started making it years ago when we lived in New York. This dish showcases squash as great comfort food for the whole family.

Squash with Cherries

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1 large butternut squash, peeled, cut into one inch cubes
½ cup dried cherries
3 vanilla beans
3 cinnamon sticks
10 slivers lemon peel
1 cup apple juice
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

Toss ingredients together in an 9 x 13 inch baking dish
Bake covered at 350° for one hour
Remove cover and bake an […]

Gravy

Posted on November 19, 2007

During this time of year I make gravy on a weekly basis. When the cold, damp weather sets in, rich, warm, gravy makes for a delicious comfort food smothered over roasted chicken or turkey.

Gravy

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4 cups chicken stock
poultry gizzards (optional)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
pan drippings
1 tablespoon kudzu
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

In a medium saucepan bring stock, gizzards, onions and garlic to a boil
Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until onions are soft
Add drippings from roasting pan, […]

Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Posted on November 18, 2007

This week, I have been testing the Thanksgiving menu that I shared with those of you signed up for my newsletter. We had almost a full Thanksgiving dinner last Wednesday and leftovers Thursday and Friday. Needless to say, my husband was not too thrilled with eating turkey 3 nights in a row just a week before Thanksgiving.

Below is the turkey recipe I used for our pre-Thanksgiving feast. I will make it again this Thursday for the real turkey day. […]

Pumpkin Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Posted on November 12, 2007

My son’s viola teacher, Sandra, asked for advice regarding traditional Thanksgiving family fare. The next thing I knew, she had given me a copy of a recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Upside-Down Cake featured in Sunset Magazine’s November 2007 issue. I made several changes to it, most notably removing the sugar, dairy and gluten and was pleased with the results.

This dessert is a rich, moist cross between a pumpkin cake and a pumpkin pie. Perfect for that post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving time […]

Rosemary Apple Chicken

Posted on November 4, 2007

Every Friday night, I roast a chicken. My children are willing to consume any chicken dish as long as it contains fruit. Such is our unspoken agreement.

This past week, I used apples to lure my children to their protein dish. The combination of rosemary with apples was a natural pairing and the balsamic vinegar, which caramelized during roasting, sweetly permeated the entire chicken.

As I served this up to my family and asked how they liked it, my younger son […]