Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gourmet Gratitude: Part One

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Now that we've polished off the last of our leftovers, I thought I'd share a bit of a recap of our Thanksgiving festivities. We spent the holiday in Tarrytown, NY with Steve's warm, loving family. Shortly after arriving on Wednesday night I began my baking extravaganza. I decided to get all the desserts done on Wednesday so I could focus on rolls and other dishes on Thursday. I came ready for business with my prepared tart dough's (gluten free and regular, made on Tuesday) and candied pumpkin puree (made from scratch with two cute little sugar pie pumpkins Steve-o picked up).

Apple Pie with Lattice Top 


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Gluten-Free Apple Pie with Fall Foliage Top

It would be very difficult to do a lattice top with gluten free dough because of how crumbly it is. So instead, I used my new copper, leaf cookie cutters to make a festive fall topper. Couple tips for when working with a gluten free tart dough: (1) have a bench knife on hand to help scrape the dough from the table and (2) use a tart pan with removable bottom, instead of a pie pan.

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And here's the Pumpkin Pockets, back by popular demand. I make these little pockets of heaven every morning at Saltie and couldn't resist making them for Steve's family. Regina's gluten-free pockets were marked with a little chocolate chip. :)

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Pull-Apart Butter Buns

These unfortunately didn't rise enough so that we could pull them apart (due to some inactive yeast). It's a good idea to test your yeast before using, especially if it's been sitting a while.

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Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

I wish I would have snapped more pictures of these gluten-free rolls because they exceeded expectations!

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Regina's pear, cranberry, and spiced walnut salad. So delicious!

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Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom takes a drive to the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda Market to pick up as many Meatless Smoked Turkey rolls as she can lug back. Lucky for me, I was able to smuggled one back to NY in my carry-on this year. I cut it in half, basted it with garlic butter, and baked it over a Vegetarian Stuffing (just like my mom makes it).

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And here it is, in all its glory. Veggie turkey, stuffing just like my mom's, butter bun straight from the oven, light and fluffy mashed potatoes (by Mark), caramelized carrots (by Big Steve), and roasted brussels sprouts (by Reg). The aged Riesling put it over the top. Who says white wine doesn't age well??
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 And on Friday, with full bellies, we drove off into the sunset... Literally.

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