Break out the cranberries

Does your holiday table laden with all the trimmings include cranberry sauce? Or is cranberry jelly persona non grata at family celebrations?

I have to admit, as a kid, I wasn’t much of a fan of the stuff. Mom (or grandma, or some other relative) would dump the can on a plate and slice it.

Was I surprised when I discovered cranberry sauce doesn’t have to be a sickeningly sweet, gelatinous mass. Continue reading

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From our kitchen to yours …

Happy Thanksgiving from The Chicklets!

ABOVE: A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. In homes across the country on Thanksgiving Day, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like a caveman. (Matthew Mead/Associated Press, file)

ABOVE: A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. In homes across the country on Thanksgiving Day, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like a caveman. (Matthew Mead/Associated Press, file)

Whether your feast is traditional, vegetarian, low-carb or gluten-free, we hope your day is full of great company and fantastic food.

I, Arlene, will be enjoying chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans that in my Crock Pot while I attend a Thanksgiving Day Jazzercise class. Then I’ll spend the afternoon/evening at the newspaper office, putting Thursday’s news in Friday’s paper.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Fall slaw for one

Because I cook for myself—and only myself—almost all of the time, I have trouble with recipes made for a crowd. Giant bowls of potato salad, pasta salad and my favorite Broccoli Crunch Salad are hard for me to polish off before they go bad.

My concerted effort to spend more time in the kitchen this month is paying off with a slew of new recipes to try. The one I’m sharing today, Fall Slaw, is a variation on the Fall Slaw with Asian Pears and Almonds that I found on GreenLiteBites.

 

Fabulous Fall Slaw | Arlene Hittle/Chicklets in the Kitchen Continue reading

Thanksgiving’s Coming–And I Need A GOOD Gluten-Free Crust

I hate making crust. I mean I hated it when I could eat wheat. It probably has something to do with the fact that I could never roll out the dough right. It was always too think or too lumpy or too crumbly.

Now that I’m gluten-free I can’t find a crust that tastes yummy. Most of the year that’s not a big deal, but Thanksgiving is coming and I REALLY want a good old-fashioned pumpkin pie.

So I’m turning to you Chicklets readers… Do you have a great family recipe that I can convert to gluten-free? Or do you have a fantastic gluten-free crust recipe that you want to share? Help a Chicklet out, please!

Gluten-Free Girl Takes on Journey Cakes

In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme this week, I’ve decided to include a Gluten-Free recipe provided to me by one of my fabulous nieces.

She’s studying the Wampanaog Indians in school. Yesterday, she made a pouch out of a brown paper lunch sack. The pouch was made in the style the Wampanaogs would have used centuries ago when traveling.

The purpose was to carry needed items in the large part of the of the bag while the smaller pouch held Journey Cakes. Continue reading