Thanksgiving Preparation, Gluten-Free

by Jeanne on November 24, 2013

Welcome Thanksgiving Free-Vintage-Thanksgiving-Clip-Art-GraphicsFairyIt’s that time of year–when we in the U.S. are preparing for Thanksgiving.  Girlfriend has declared Thanksgiving to be one of her favorite holidays.  She likes it because it’s about getting together with friends and family and enjoying the company with the added bonus of good food.    She loves the fact that there is no obligation to get or give gifts or to dress up.  I agree with her–it’s a holiday about community and food.  Two of my very favorite things!

Over the years, I’ve identified that I love the holiday season–but that I tend of put too much stress on myself.  Therefore, each year, I try to make things as less stressful as possible–but it’s challenging.  I have a dual nature: I love the bigness and fuss and festive nature of Thanksgiving.  But I get overwhelmed.  Therefore, I find that it’s good for me to have a list and a plan for the big day.  And I do a little bit of prep each day leading up to Thanksgiving–which makes the actual day fairly stress-free and enjoyable.  I get to hang out all day in the kitchen, doing the last few things while drinking some wine, versus freaking out and doing everything that day.

Below are some resources that I’ve developed to help you navigate this most festive (albeit time-intensive) meal of the year:

1) Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (from the blog)

2) Recipes in my book (This is why I wrote this book!  To help folks with this season :) ):
-Stuffing Like Mama Made (this recipe got rave reviews last year when I offered it as a sample at book signings)
-Soft Sandwich Bread
-Dinner Rolls
-Featherlight Buttermilk Biscuits (easiest way to make biscuits, ever)
-Skillet Cornbread
-Flaky Pie Crust
-Pumpkin doughnuts
-Maple Pecan Pie (with adaptation to add chocolate if you like)
-Apple Cinnamon Pie
-Chocolate-Sunflower Butter (or Peanut Butter) Pie (just about the most decadent thing you will ever eat in your life)
-Date Nut Bread
-Toasted Pecan Snack Cake
-Cinnamon Rolls
-Simple Scones
-Applesauce Spice Muffins
-Sufganiot–Jelly Doughnuts (since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are at the same time this year)
-Rugelach (since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are at the same time this year)

3) Thanksgiving Preparation Guide

 

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Lois November 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

These recipes look fabulous, dahling. And great timing—was just figuring out what to tackle this year.

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Jeanne November 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Lois: Yay!

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Linda J-H November 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Amen sister! Making a list and doing a little each day, is the way to go

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Jeanne November 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Linda: Right? It’s the only way I can do it without going crazy. ;)

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