I love Chef Batali and Silverton’s food. Not everything is gluten/dairy free on his menu, but he does have gluten free pasta at Otto and Babbo and some items here and there that are gluten/dairy free modified a bit. One of those fabulous items is the incredible chicken liver bruschetta that I had to try at Pizzeria Mozza. The waiter assured me it was gluten free without the bread so I ordered some. My 11 year old and I love chicken livers. I know it is strange for a kid to like chicken livers, but he does, as well as duck. My little foodie. So getting back to the chicken liver, this is not your typical jewish-deli chicken liver, no way.
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I like to keep a turkey in the freezer all the time. Why wait for November to cook the bird when we can make a festive meal anytime. It’s like having another holiday when we feel like making it a “holiday”. I found a picture of my 15 pound turkey from last Thanksgiving.
My first published post on my blog was August 1st, so I don’t have a bunch of gluten free, dairy free Thanksgiving recipes to share other than the few I have posted this month, including this turkey. I hope you enjoy these recipes, as they are quite fabulous. That turkey, pictured, came juicy and full of herb flavor from the seasoning rub, that there wasn’t any left the next day; can you imagine making a turkey and no leftovers?? I know, crazy! Good thing I had hot dogs in the freezer. Usually I have leftovers but for some reason not last year, now I make two turkeys for our hungry family.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Time goes by so fast. As fast as it goes I am excited for the holiday. Stuffing has always been part of our holiday tradition. Here is my dairy free thanksgiving holiday stuffing recipe, that’s also egg-free, and meat free as a vegan option for the holiday. Sometimes I make a dairy-free stuffing (not meat-free) with fennel sausage and apples. This year I decided on making it a meat-free stuffing with a heavy emphasis on farmer’s market produce. Also, I’m cutting some of the sugar in the desserts this year, trying to make it more healthier-ish holiday meal. The holiday menu can really creep up with unnecessary fat and calories. If it tastes delicious without it then who needs it! I will be posting more Thanksgiving recipes this week.…enjoy!
Though we don’t really have seasons in Southern California, we tend to pretend to. At least I do. When I go to the farmer’s market and see pumpkins, persimmons, parsnips, and apples it just brings the essence of the fall season to my kitchen, even though I’m wearing a t-shirt and flip flops. Yes, I know, we are spoiled out here. But we still love a hot bowl of chicken stew.
More Halloween treats!
After helping out with the Halloween cookies, the kids and me also made these Chocolate Cupcakes with Creepy Crawlers for our Halloween party on Saturday. It seems like this holiday goes on for a couple of weeks, week before with all the baking (and eating), and then the week after with consuming those candy stashes. I feel like I need to run extra long and far from October through January!
Today I made these not-so-scary pumpkin cookies for my little twin guys, because anything scary looking would not be eaten, and I certainly want them to enjoy the treats I bake. They can’t really eat any trick or treat candy, unfortunately just about EVERYTHING has gluten or dairy or dyes that make my boys sweet bellies very unhappy. But that’s okay because their Mommy makes them yummy treats all year ‘round. Yes, they are so spoiled around here!
Adapted recipe from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of New York City’s Torrisi Italian Specialties
I made these rainbow cookies pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. My girlfriend hosted the cutest all-pink luncheon on Friday to celebrate our mutual friends who have survived breast cancer. So, on a celebratory note I decided to make these adorable, and quite amazing, if I do say so myself, rainbow cookies. My girlfriends loves Italian cookies so I thought let’s make them special. Let’s make them pink.
When those beautiful sugar pumpkins come to market I can hardly contain myself. I must get a few. Pumpkin is one of those ingredients that just makes everything better, as if they are smiling at you, ready to make your food shine. Along with chocolate chips, I am now weak at the knees. If you haven’t tried this combination you must. You will quickly say to yourself, What have I been missing!
Such beautiful weather here in Southern California, even for October! In that pumpkin zone, after making that penne pasta w/ pumpkin alfredo sauce. I spoil my kids with yummy treats, treats they just can’t have anywhere due to their sensitivities to gluten and dairy, which as they know is okay because Mommy can certainly stuff their faces with treats! And boy was this a treat, of course I had to sneak one right away. You know me.
Pumpkins are back in season, they were so beautiful at the farmer’s market on Friday that I just had to buy a few. I just can’t get enough of pumpkin when it comes into season. It just works in so many recipes and it’s so darn healthy for you, so I just had to make this Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce for dinner Sunday night. Who knew how super rich it is in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fiber this gorgeous gourd has. Being dairy free, calcium fortification is so important, which is why I try to incorporate pumpkin into our diet as much as the fall season allows. I thought why not throw some pumpkin into a “cheesy” alfredo sauce, I imagined this pretty pale orange color canvassing our plates. Well I am glad I did, this turned out so good! I added the maple syrup because I found it really brought out the pumpkin, highlighting it’s sweetness. Done in less than 20 minutes! Such an easy delicious dinner to make and full of good-for-you nutrients. Sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Oh, and by the way…