Recipe for a good holiday?

This year I am staying home and making Thanksgiving dinner for four: myself, my husband Jeffrey, my Mother and my Cousin. Of course, the entire meal will (and must) be Gluten Free. Turkey is naturally so, but the rest has to be bought or made gluten free. I stick to the basics for dinner:

  • Turkey – It’s naturally gluten free.
  • Stuffing – I’m making some from scratch, breadcrumbs and all, using a recipe on line that promises it tastes just like stove top stuffing (my favorite stuffing.) I’m also making some from a mix I found in the store. We’ll have a taste test and see which is better.
  • Mashed Potatoes – They’re naturally gluten free.
  • Gravy – I ordered GF gravy mix from the interwebs because I couldn’t find any at the local grocery stores and I didn’t want to try to make it from scratch.
  • Green Bean Casserole – I’m making this from scratch, including the cream of mushroom soup and the french fried onions.
  • Cranberry Sauce – It’s naturally gluten free
  • Rolls – I found 3 kinds of GF rolls, so I’m trying them all.
  • Pies – I bought pre-made GF Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan pie. They just had to be baked.

I’m not doing appetizers, but I did make some Gluten Free Chex Mix.  My Mom is making sweet potatoes.  If I didn’t give her something to make, she’d have gone Mom-crazy on me and brought the whole damn dinner.

In an effort to make tomorrow easier, I pre-baked the pies; pre-made the french fried onions and cream of mushroom soup for the green bean casserole; pre-made the breadcrumbs, pre-chopped the veggies, and pre-measured the spices for the stuffing; and typed out a schedule of what to bake when.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll put the Turkey in the oven, then set the table and mix up some Poinsettias (Prosecco, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice) before my Mom and Cousin arrive. Once they’re here, we’ll start a fire in the fireplace, then watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, followed by Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Special. We’ll have dinner around 1:00pm, then play games and have pie, coffee and cocktails.  At least, that’s the plan.

For now, however,  I’m relaxing with the dogs, watching a movie, and sipping a nice cup of hot tea, to be followed by a glass of wine before bed.

Happy Turkey Day Eve, all.

17 thoughts on “Recipe for a good holiday?

  1. And to you, kind sir!

    This will be my first gluten-free Turkey Day. This year my brother discovered that the reason he had to know the location of every restroom in a 100-mile radius was gluten. Only took us 25 years or so to figure that out, sadly. Poor man. Upside is that he says the improvement in his quality of life is like night and day, so we are all very happy for him. He just physically looks better, too, in a kind of intangible way.

    Anyway, 2 years ago his family officially took over Thanksgiving to try and relieve some holiday burden from my mother, who always does way too much given her health situation. My sister-in-law is a wonderful cook, so I am looking forward to tasting everything. My brother found out about his sensitivity in the late spring, so they’ve had a lot of time to experiment with products and recipes.


    • I’m very happy your brother discovered his allergy and is doing better. I discovered mine about 2 years ago-ish. And, yes, it was like night and day. Knowing what to avoid has been such a gift. This is my first official all gluten free Thanksgiving. (I’ve been other places the last two years and stuck to the gluten free options available.) While friends try hard to accommodate me (and it’s appreciated) I am happy to be home this year and prepping the whole meal myself. Thanks for commenting and happy Turkey Day to you and your family.


  2. Wishing you a GREAT Thanksgiving!! The menu sounds wonderful. Hope you can just relax and enjoy a day with your family (and family includes the four legged ones, too)


  3. Happy Thanksgiving! First gluten-free year here. The gravy was easy 2 Tbsp gf flour with some fat olive oil or pan drippings, cook one minute, whisk in broth or more turkey juice as I call it–came out great!


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