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US Autism & Asperger Association
November 22, 2013

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Friends Be True, And Good Health Be Yours During This Thanksgiving Holiday. Wishing You Many Thanks From The Staff At USAAA For Your Continued Support. Happy Holidays.

The following are some recipes and links for your Thanksgiving dinner that address the Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF) diet.

Let's Talk Turkey - A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

Click here for information from USDA on every facet of getting a turkey from the store to the dinner table.

Carving a Turkey, By: Allrecipes Staff
While nothing is as impressive as a beautiful, bronzed turkey on the holiday buffet, it's much easier to carve the bird in the kitchen than at the table. These easy-to-follow steps take that turkey from centerpiece perfection to neat slices on your serving platter.
Easy GFCF Gravy
Slowly mix tapioca mixture into broth/scrapings, stirring briskly with a whisk. (If you add the tapioca mix too fast, you'll end up with a gelatinous mess, so be patient!)
Karina's Veggie Loaf
Serves 8, adapted by Ellen A.

Ellen A says, "Back in '06, I posted a recipe for Karina's Veggie Loaf which I adapted from her blog, Gluten Free Goddess. Tonight I made it again (for probably the umpteenth time!) but with a few more changes. I think I've arrived at what I think is the final and best version, at least for me.

Savory Stuffing
Woggle-Bug's tip: Stuffing can be cooked separately in a large glass casserole dish, but more stock may be needed to replace the moisture that usually comes from the turkey cavity.


Corn free Cranberry Sauce Variations
1. Some people say that no water should be added and that the cranberries should be served with a minimum of juice;

2. others add a little tapioca starch at the end of the cooking time to give a thicker consistency to the sauce; it's a matter of taste!


Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Source - Whole Foods
One mother says, "I would replace the soymilk in either one of these recipes with rice, almond or coconut milk!" Another mother says, "substitute coconut milk for evaporated milk, substitute eggs with egg replacer
and use honey in place of sugar.

GFCF Pumpkin Pie with coconut milk milk in the pumpkin pie? I'm totally trying that.

Thanksgiving Social Story

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10 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

babby flayArmed with our top 10 turkey tips, you'll come out looking like a pro on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or your fiftieth, these indispensable tips will help you turn out a terrific turkey.

1. Choose the right type of turkey for you.
2. Figure on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person.
3. Cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables.
4. Brining keeps it moist.
5. Keep the stuffing on the side.
6. To tie or not to tie.
7. Rub the turkey with butter or oil.
8. Skip the basting.
9. Invest in a good meat thermometer.
10. Give it a rest.

Click here for detailed information on these 10 Tips.

Turkey Buying Guide: Definitions of Organic, Free-Range, Fresh and More

Once upon a time, buying your Thanksgiving turkey was easy. You went to your neighborhood grocery. No more. Today, a high-end grocery may sell as many as a half-dozen types of turkey, and telling one from another takes a bit of homework. What’s the difference between frozen and fresh? It’s not as obvious as you think. And then you’ve got organic, free-range, pastured and heritage birds. Here’s a handy turkey buying guide to some of the definitions you ought to get familiar with.

Click here to read about the definitions.


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In this issue:


Let's Talk Turkey - A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

Thanksgiving Social Story

10 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey Buying Guide: Definitions of Organic, Free-Range, Fresh and More

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