Daily Archives: December 9, 2013
We hosted our very first “Paleo” Thanksgiving this year. The year before, we were “just” gluten-free, so it was still pretty easy to have many things to purchase, vs. making it all from scratch. Personally, I think many of the nut flours smell so much better than just empty calorie “rice flour” and GMO corn, which is what most of the processed gluten-free items are.
We made 4 pumpkin pies, 1 pecan pie, 1 apple pie, and 1 chocolate cream pie. We also made persimmons cookies, pumpkin rolls, zucchini bread, World’s Famous Bread (by Against All Grain), 2 pastured turkeys from Tropical Traditions (around 12lbs a piece), 2 pans of sweet potato casserole, cauliflower mash (with 4 heads of cauliflower), a huge bowl of organic fruit, and a very large organic salad with golden beets, cucumbers and radishes, and rainbow carrots (which were beautiful!). For condiments, we made cranberry sauce and pan gravy (which was SO good… and I don’t even like gravy!)
We had left overs for several days… but with all of that baking, it’s not a wonder that you go through bags and bags of nut flours! I had been buying the Honeyville 5 lb bags of flour for $35, but when the price bumped up to $50 a bag before Thanksgiving, I nearly croaked! I started searching for plan B – and found a BOX of finely ground GF flour for $150 on Amazon. Granted, the box didn’t seem super easy to work with – but when you go through LOTS of nut flours… 25 lbs is nice to have on hand! Also, it’s cold enough to store it in our mudroom vs. the fridge.
Speaking of cold. We were grateful it was cold the weekend of Thanksgiving, because we were able to store our pies and much of our food in the trunk of the car in the garage. We totally ran out of fridge space!!
We had much to be Thankful for. While I was greatly missing my family in Iowa, being busy making the entire dinner offered me some therapy. My Mother-In-Law did all of the clean up after the meal, and that worked out great (for me) too.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.”