Gluten Free Galore for Thanksgiving and More

Maybe you caught a few of the recipes submitted for the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking Challenge Event hosted by Shauna and Danny (gluten-free girl and the chef). Quite frankly, there were some pretty amazing entries from lots of bloggers. Most do not usually cook gluten free, but eagerly accepted the challenge. A few bloggers made entire Thanksgiving meals, but I have to say that all excelled with their recipes! Some recipes were so impressive that I threatened to become BFFs with these bloggers—most of whom I’ve never met before (even online)—just to be invited over to sample their recipes! One of the recipes that totally wowed me was Maple Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Gingerbread Bottom from Irvin at Eat the Love. Yeah, I know. Now you want to be Irvin’s BFF, too. I expect he’s gotten a lot of those type of responses, and might have quite the waiting list by now. But there’s no reason you or I can’t make any of these wonderful recipes ourselves. Here’s the complete listing below. If you get a moment, please stop by and give these folks a little comment love for taking part in the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking Challenge and reaching out to those of us who are gluten free.

A Baking Life | gluten-free gingerbread cake

Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom | gluten, dairy and egg free crescent rolls and cinnamon rolls

Andrea’s Recipes | gluten-free pumpkin scones

Art and Lemons | gluten-free rustic squash tarts

Bellalimento | Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll with Mascarpone and Nutella Filling

Blue Bonnets and Brownies | apple and pear cobbler

CakeSpy | turkey meatloaf cupcakes

Cannelle Et Vanille | sweet potato and crabapple clafoutis

Cook 4 Seasons | gluten-free pumpkin mousse

Cook It Allergy Free | Cornbread and (Shauna’s) Crusty Bread Stuffing

Dish Towel Diaries | kale Caesar slaw.

Eat the Love | Gluten Free Maple Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Gingerbread Bottom

Food for My Family | gluten-free apple pie cheesecake

Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes | gluten-free sourdough rosemary rolls and gluten-free mincemeat cookies

Gluten Free Easily | candy carrot coins (moi)

Gluten Free for Good | gluten-free cherry cobbler

Kitchen Gadget Girl | gluten-free pumpkin strata

Lexie’s Kitchen | dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, no-bake pumpkin pie filling

Mom Food Project | an entire Thanksgiving, gluten-free

My Madeleine | butternut squash soup.

Not Without Salt | gluten-free chocolate biscotti

Recipe Girl | an entire Thanksgiving menu, gluten-free

Rookie Moms | chocolate peanut butter brownies

Smith Bites | gluten-free celery root soup with cashew cream

Sophisticated Gourmet | cranberry-almond-coconut macaroons topped with chocolate

The Art of Gluten-Free Baking | gluten-free pumpkin pie

The Mommy Bowl | gluten-free bread

The Sensitive Pantry | gluten-free brown sugar hand pies

The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen | Pumpkin Quinoa Cornbread

Tiffin Tales | gluten-free Thanksgiving torte

Two Peas and Their Pod | gluten-free apple cranberry crisp

Wasabimon! | gluten-free butternut squash pie

Wenderly | sweet and savory prosciutto cups

What’s Cooking with Kids | gluten-free apple crisp

What’s Gaby Cooking | gluten-free molasses cookies

White on Rice Couple | Turkey Sloppy Joes on Rosemary Rolls

Who Ate My Tomato | gluten-free squash tart

Zest Bakery | warm pumpkin polenta with goat cheese

Some of you only have to make one or two things to take to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving or maybe you’re hosting, but still looking for that one special item. Maybe it’s stuffing, maybe it’s a beverage, maybe it’s a dessert.  Whatever it might be, maybe you’ll find it in a roundup by some of my other favorite gluten-free bloggers—Carol, ElanaHeatherIris, Kim (Bouldin), and Lindaor in this Thanksgiving Ultimate Prep Series by Kim (Maes).

Are you a gluten-eating individual who is hosting Thanksgiving with gluten-free attendees? Diane (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang) just shared a comprehensive post, How to Cook Gluten Free For Guests, featuring her own tips as well as those from other gluten-free bloggers (including yours truly). If you’re gluten free and have a few tips of your own to share on how others can feed you safely, Diane asks that you add yours in comments as well.

Rachel (The Crispy Cook), whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the General Mills Gluten-Free Bloggers Summit, just did a roundup of gluten-free blogs. You can check that out here. I’ll be surprised if you don’t find a new gluten-free blog there. If you are a gluten-free blogger yourself, make sure your blog is listed. Just leave a comment for Rachel to add you if your blog isn’t on the list yet. I love Rachel’s descriptions of everyone and their blogs. Rachel’s a true delight. She has a lovely sense of humor and warm and inviting manner, writes from the heart, and shares “real food” recipes on her blog. Incidentally, Rachel also just shared some great gift ideas in this post.

Maggie (She Let Them Eat Cake) is hosting 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Everyone loves Christmas cookies, right? I sure do and that’s reason enough to check out the series featuring some of our favorite gluten-free bloggers. But, as an added bonus, Maggie also has giveaways as part of this event, including one for a two-day pass to the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Spring 2011. Jen Cafferty, the founder and director of this popular and ever-growing annual event, has donated this ticket. It’s a $350 value! The Expo is being held right outside Chicago in Lisle. Note that lodging and airfare will be paid by the winner. It’s exciting to know that I’ll get to meet whoever wins as I am thrilled to be one of the presenters at the Expo. You can see the schedule and all the info here at the Expo website. (Honestly, whether you win or not, I hope to see you at the GFAF Expo!) Be sure to join in the fun at 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. The kickoff event will be over at Amy’s (Simply Sugar & Gluten Free). Amy is asking the gluten-free community which of their favorite, “old” gluten-filled recipes they’d like converted to gluten free. If there’s a cookie recipe that’s stumped you when it comes to a gluten-free version, head over to Amy’s and put in your request.

Jules of Jules Gluten Free (Jules Gluten-Free Flour Mix and baking mixes); her new book, Free for All Cooking; and her new blog, Jules Speaks Gluten Free; is also hosting a gluten-free cookie event. It’s a Facebook event that’s open to all with “yummy prizes.” Read all about Jules’ Gluten-Free Cookie Exchange here.

Jeanine of The Baking Beauties has put together a holiday baking e-book as a thank you to her readers/fellow “gf eaters.”  It’s a collection of recipes from your favorite gluten-free bloggers. There are 55 recipes in all! Click here or on the button to visit Jeanine’s site to download this e-book for free. Thanks to Jeanine and all the contributors!

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger adoptions for this month are open over at Sea’s Book of Yum. Read more and sign up here. To get a “visual” of how the adoptions works, check out the roundup from the October adoptions here. Sea’s monthly event is a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers through their recipes. My previous adoption experiences have taught me how to make Pete and Kelli’s Gluten-Free Pasta, Wendy’s Crepes (both Sweet and Savory)Breakfast and Sandwich waffles from Iris, Avocado Salsa from Melanie, and most recently, Ricki’s flourless Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, don’t you want to sign up? You can do so here.

Many who are gluten free also eat dairy free. If you’re in that group, you’re probably already familiar with Alisa Fleming’s Go Dairy Free site, and her guide and resource book by the same name. Go Dairy Free is a tremendous resource for dairy-free folks any day, but especially this time of year as Alisa rounds up the best recipes for the holidays. Check out her annual Thanksgiving recipes roundup here. Many in the listing are gluten free (a few gfe recipes are included), and there are nearly 150 in all! Also, be on the lookout for Alisa’s roundup post on recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers; that’s always much needed info! Last, have you checked out Alisa’s blog, Alisa Cooks? It’s a favorite of mine. Many of the recipes that Alisa shares there are also gluten free, or easily adapted to gluten free. In fact, one of Alisa’s recipes inspired me to make some new seasonal muffins that work great for Thanksgiving.

I hope to be back with one more recipe—that muffin recipe—before I head off on a Thanksgiving holiday trip with Mr. GFE. I want you to have this recipe in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, so you can serve it with your holiday meal or for breakfast the next morning. However, if you’re heading out early to be with family and friends, please be safe and enjoy this special time of year when the most important things are being with the ones you love and eating scrumptious food! Like I’ve said before, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, and it’s for those very reasons!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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20 Responses to “Gluten Free Galore for Thanksgiving and More”

  1. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free on November 22nd, 2010 9:23 am

    One of the things that is so great about coming to your site is that I can get caught up on what’s happening out there! Been so busy did not know any of that stuff that was going on so thanks for all the info! You really are a great community blogger :) Have a fabulous Thanksgiving. xo, carol

    • Shirley on November 22nd, 2010 5:06 pm

      Hi Carol–Thanks so much! :-) I should have included our Thanksgiving post, too. Must update when I get home!

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too, dear! Miss you … when’s our next get together? ;-)


  2. Johanna B on November 22nd, 2010 10:08 am

    Can’t wait to buy your cookbook.

    I fixed your Special Turkey Breast yesterday for an early TG with my daughter and her new husband. Everyone raved about it. How did you keep it so moist…etc. This year there were actually leftovers (I did a larger breast) so I get to have yummy sandwiches at work this week. Thanks again.

    • Shirley on November 22nd, 2010 5:08 pm

      Hi Johanna–Well, aren’t you a dear? That would be fun to have a gfe cookbook … I do think it’s needed. ;-) Thanks so much for saying that and for giving more feedback on the Special Turkey Breast! It’s hard to eat the traditional turkey breast after eating that one. And, leftovers are the best! Try them in the enchilada casserole if you eat dairy (can’t recall), tortilla soup (gf/df), or pot pie (gf/df) … all so yummy with those leftovers!


  3. Linda on November 22nd, 2010 8:09 pm

    I always appreciate it when you do a round up of what’s going on because I can’t keep up with it all. The problem is that I’m super busy right now and can’t check everything out. I think I’ll have to visit that list of links from Shauna’s challenge some time much later and save the recipes for next year. Have a great Thanksgiving, Shirley! Hugs!

    • Shirley on November 22nd, 2010 9:57 pm

      Hey Linda, I understand completely! Remember that most of the time Thanksgiving meals and Christmas meals can be very similar, so you might find that some of these dishes will be perfect then. You won’t have to wait a whole year to try them. ;-) And, really some of those recipes would be wonderful any time. By the way, I feel guilty saying it, but I haven’t checked them all out either. Each of us only has so much time in the day, right?

      Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving wishes, Linda! It’s hard to believe it’s almost here, but it’s that way every year. :-)

  4. Maggie on November 22nd, 2010 10:40 pm

    You are one of a kind! And you just don’t stop (the first ever gluten-free energizer bunny!). Thanks for a great roundup Shirley. And thanks for including a shout-out to 12 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies! I hope you and Mr. GFE have a fantastic Thanksgiving trip. And I’m excited to see this muffin recipe!

    • Shirley on November 24th, 2010 9:52 pm

      Hi Maggie–You are the sweetest! Well, this girl who doesn’t stop is a little behind right now. LOL Trying to catch up on these comments that have gone “unreplied to” during all the latest excitement. ;-)

      I’m excited about your 12 Days of GF Christmas Cookies, Maggie. Still blown away by that prize! BTW, I’m still in muffin mode, too. But tomorrow morning it’s cookies and pies, and maybe popovers. If there are any leftovers, I’m sure SON will happily take them off our hands. :-)


  5. Ricki on November 23rd, 2010 10:38 am

    Love your roundups, Shirley! So much fabulous information–and so much good food!! ;) Have a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy your time off. Hugs to you!

    • Shirley on November 24th, 2010 10:29 pm

      Hey Ricki–Okay, I don’t think I’ve replied to this one before (fingers crossed). LOL I’m so happy to share as much as possible of what’s going on. :-) Glad you always enjoy my “little bit of this, and little bit of that.” ;-)

      Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving wishes! How is it always a shock when it arrives each year? I like when you guys celebrate Thanksgiving … seems to be more on its own without the mad rush to the holidays immediately after!


  6. Jessica on November 23rd, 2010 2:07 pm

    I love coming to your site and catching up on all things gluten-free! I know it must take a long time to gather and post this information, so thank you! What a great Thanksgiving line up! :)

    • Shirley on November 24th, 2010 10:31 pm

      Hi Jessica–Awww, thanks so much! ;-) I always seem to be collecting the info, so sometimes it doesn’t take too long. Just depends if I have those links ready and/or don’t have some type of technical difficulties. ;-) It’s always fun though!

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, dear!

  7. Alisa Cooks on November 23rd, 2010 3:17 pm

    Love, love, love, the round-up and the turkey :)

    He (or she?) is adorable!

    Thanks so much for the sweet mention Shirley, you are so awesome!

    • Shirley on November 24th, 2010 10:38 pm

      Hi Alisa–Your comment made my day for the turkey part alone! Mr. GFE totally scoffed at me including the turkey photo. He was relentless, in fact. LOL I took the photo at mom and dad’s, as well as the pumpkin photo. Mom has lots of great “props.” ;-) I was really looking for a turkey that I made at age 12 that mom brings out every year, but she hadn’t gotten it out yet. This one had to do and I do think it’s festive. :-) It’s a he … the gobbler is the fancier of the two turkey sexes.

      I was honored that you included several of my recipes in your Thanksgiving roundup, Alisa–thanks again!

  8. Rachel @ The Crispy Cook on November 25th, 2010 10:05 am

    Thank you for the kind words Shirley. I am honored by them.

    This was quite a information-filled post. Lots of other GF news and happenings to catch up on. You are like Headquarters Central for the GF community.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!

    • Shirley on November 26th, 2010 9:11 am

      Hi Rachel–You’re welcome … all true! “Headquarters Central”? Sounds good—and thank you!–but sometimes I miss stuff. We have so much good going on in our gf world these days, it’s hard to keep up. ;-) But, that’s fine with me.

      My Thanksgiving was good; hope yours was, too!

  9. Sea on November 20th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Wow, what an awesome roundup! And to think, this was from a year ago, but is still such a great resource for readers. I can’t wait to see what you do this year!


    • Shirley on November 22nd, 2011 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Sea! Holiday roundup events are always timely. ;-) I’ve been enjoying your vegetarian Thanksgiving event the last week. :-) I know that will also become a resource that folks can call on time and time again!

      Happy Thanksgiving, dear!

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