Thanksgiving shopping list

This weekend is my prep time for Thanksgiving, giving me a chance to get lots of my work done before I cook more on Thursday. And this Thanksgiving shopping list is the way I manage to shop without pulling my hair out.

I need to get as much done this weekend because I’ll be having one of my busier weeks in the clinic.

I see a lot of new patients who are typically family members of current patients around any holiday that gather the clans. Since celiac disease is hereditary, once one patient feels better, the rest of the family wants to explore for themselves.

I love what I do. It gladdens my heart to assist  changing from a place of hurting to a journey toward health.

When I work late, or go in early, skip lunchtime, I know it is just for a little while and all will return to normal in a week.

That doesn’t mean that our family won’t be celebrating on Thursday, just means the clinic is open on Friday. :)

So here is my shopping list for this weekend, I hope it helps: (Yup, another spreadsheet, I’m a geek that way)
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Omega- Mincemeat Cookies with a Butter Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Omega, the completion.
One of my class attendees, Cat Bismuth, asked if I had thought of filming the process of making bread.

Yes, I had thought of it.  I love Shauna and Danny’s videos. Learning a new technique is much easier to follow visually.

What held me back was simple. Who would come and do that filming?

My girls?  Their camera control needs a bit of work.

The dog? She is no help, you need those opposable thumbs to hold the camera.

Cat told me she was a videographer, and asked would I like to be filmed by her?


Lucky me, Cat had already lined up another amazing gluten-free blogger to share her recipe as well.
Jeanne Sauvage from Art of Gluten-Free Baking was all lined up to do her flaky pie crust. Cat wondered if we would be willing to guest appear on each others filming.Heck, yes!After all, pie crust is one of the holy trinity of gluten-free desires.Bread, pizza and pie crust.The three s that make newly diagnosed gluten-free folks weep to imagine life without.
All of which are actually fairly simple to make once you have a great guide.A guide like Jeanne for pie who learned from Kate McDermott  the secrets to flaky, buttery pie. Which she then turned around and created gluten free.

Like good students everywhere, while we were filming, I took mental notes of all the techniques.
I brought those techniques back to my kitchen.

Gathered my choices of flour, using my flour chart for guidance for nutritions sake.  Brought my ½ pound of butter to cool room temperature for flavor’s sake, and created my variation on Jeanne’s classic pie crust.
Now I had the essential ingredient for the Omega of a meal. Cookies that fill the empty nooks and bits of time with coffee after a big meal.
Since my husband lets me know on a yearly basis that mincemeat is his preferred pie for Thanksgiving, these are for him.


Waiting to be filled
just a bit of filling
Sorry for the fuzzy focus, I just love this tool of my grandmother’s.  It cuts out fluted circles or plain circles with the center cut out able to be flipped from one site to the other.  Ingenious!
Found this fun mincemeat at Deals only!
Check out that list of ingredients, real fruits, cider and brandy.  Just a bit of tartness from the acid.  We can’t seem to get enough of it.
This one only lasted a moment, Ed grabbed it right after the photo


And if those recipes aren’t exactly what you are hoping to find for your holiday table, check out this amazing group of bloggers who all took on the challenge of baking gluten-free. For some of these folks, it might be the first time ever baking gluten-free.

More Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dishes


The angst of a food based holiday is not lost on my life, it just isn’t where my energies are focused right now.
For my family, the coming Thanksgiving day is to be a day of well needed leisure and peace, not a marathon of travel and forced camaraderie with folks that we do not want to be around.
This year is a home holiday. Just the four of us to celebrate and share our thanks for this amazing year.

So when I read my usual assortment of GF blogs all concerned with the abundance of gluten free food available, I can give thanks that this year I know exactly how to prepare.

First, we will start the day just like today with our favorite slow down breakfast.

And most likely one of our daughters will happily make them. Can I tell you all just how grateful I am to have my nine year old’s making breakfast? Even if I have to help her get the waffle out of the iron, she makes the batter (from Scratch!) and monitors it.

Then we will get ready to cook. A free range organic turkey from the Coop, baked butternut or acorn squash, mashed rutabagas if I can find any, mashed potatoes, stuffing (I’ll be using up all the GF bread ends that are in our freezer) gravy made with sweet rice flour. Steamed carrots with dill, Brussel sprouts, creamed onions, maybe another veggie if something at the farmers market captures my attention.
Cranberry sauce, and maybe even some eggnog if we really feel like it.

Then we need some dessert. Fiona wants to make a lemon meringue pie as well as a pumpkin one.
Kate isn’t really sure but maybe a custard is her current choice.

We’ll round it out with some wine for us adults and sparkling apple cider for the girls.

We’ll laugh and cook and have fun all day. Maybe take a hike up lookout mountain to work up an appetite.
Peace and joy is our goal.

And then we’ll host our annual Buy Nothing Day pot luck on Friday.
Ever since I worked for Macy’s Northeast, oh so long ago, I try my hardest to not shop on Black Friday. I can’t imagine what item will be on sale that would entice me to leave my home in the middle of the night to wait to shop.

Hope this gives some inspiration to all.