Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Hello folks!  (American) Thanksgiving is fast approaching!  If you're in need of ideas for things to go on your holiday table this year, check this list out!  I'm pressed for time at the moment (I'm out in Russell, KS where internet access is sparse) so I don't have time to go on a don't-participate-in-the-needless-torment-of-turkey's rant.  I know, you're disappointed.  Dry your eyes, I'm still leaving you this link for Peta's page on the turkey industry.  Give it a gander and decide whether or not you'd like to minimize or maximize suffering this year as you give thanks for all that's well in your world.

On with the list!  And happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Delicata Squash and Pear Salad

Buckwheat Zucchini Bread

This is a super simple zucchini bread recipe that happens to not have any gluten in it.  Hooray!  I like it because it's gluten free, but doesn't require a million ingredients.  A lot of gluten free recipes call for added starch (potato starch, arrowroot, or cornstarch) and they end up being just as damaging to your blood sugar levels as white flour.  This is only mildly sweet.  If you like a sweeter bread, try adding some dried fruit.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gingery Roasted Carrot and Squash Soup

Roasting carrots and butternut squash brings out their natural sweetness and adds a depth of flavour to this soup that is otherwise hard to come by.  It also warms up the house on a cold and dreary autumn day. Try garnishing your bowl with toasted pumpkin seeds, cashew cream (with or without the roasted garlic), and/or a drizzle of maple syrup.  In the photo above I garnished with chopped walnuts and a bit of full fat coconut milk.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Broccoli and Rice for the new Millennium

I grew up in rural western Kansas in the 80's, which means I was the daughter of midwesterners who came of age in the 70's, which means we ate a lot of casseroles.  Casseroles at our house were defined by the presence of two or all of the following items:  cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, frozen vegetables, eggs and/or ground beef.  We routinely feasted on things like Pizza Spaghetti Casserole, Taco Casserole, and the almost-extinct-but-mind-blowing Tater Tot Casserole.  The first recipe I ever remember making on my own, and my personal favourite casserole, was Toasty Cheese Bake (see irresistible photo below).  One casserole that has persevered, and consistently earns a place on our Thanksgiving/Christmas table, is Broccoli and Rice Casserole.