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November 20, 2014

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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.

SPECIAL: Gluten-Free (GFCF) Thanksgiving
by Julie Matthews, CNC, USAAA Advisory Board

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food. Unfortunately for those with food intolerances, the prospect of a Thanksgiving meal rich in gluten and dairy leaves them saying "no thanks!" Traditional stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite, is made from bread (wheat). Gravy is made with wheat flour, and mashed potatoes are loaded with milk, cream and butter. Pumpkin pie contains wheat and dairy. All of these foods are off limits for those following a gluten-free and casein-free diet (GFCF diet). READ MORE

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.
Wheat free, gluten free poultry gravy
One essential item on the Thanksgiving table that is almost always made with wheat is American-style pan gravy. If you've got wheat allergies or celiac disease and you're going to a Thanksgiving celebration where flour-thickened pan gravy is on the menu, why not offer to bring your own?
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.

Gluten-Free Stuffing
Place bread cubes into a baking dish. Pour stock/eggs over and mix, moistening the bread. You want to make sure the stuffing is not too dry or too soggy. I find that I like each piece of bread to be coated and a bit wet but not soggy all the way through. If it’s too dry add extra stock a little at a time to not over moisten.


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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Click here to read a Thanksgiving social story.

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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