My sneaky scheme to pass off a completely gluten-free Thanksgiving spread on my family worked beautifully. Everyone had been tantalized by delicious cooking smells throughout my 48-hour cooking marathon and had been plied with just the right amount of pre-feast snacks so they were eager to sit down to our festive meal.
The table was set beautifully by my creative eldest daughter, with our heirloom china and silver and with a lovely centerpiece of bittersweet. This parasitic vine slowly strangles its host plant, but it sure is beautiful with its bright red berries and yellow caps that keep their color even after they are dried.
It wasn't until after we were all patting our bellies and scooching the chairs back that I let on that EVERYTHING that I made for our feast was entirely gluten-free and safe for my celiac husband to chow down. That raised a couple of teenaged eyebrows, but my picky eaters didn't respond that they had suspected anything or that any dish had tasted funny. I just got thanks for a great meal (and many subsequent leftover meals) and a request to make twice as much gravy next Thanksgiving. And buy that cruddy jellied cranberry sauce in the can instead of my terrific Apple-Cranberry Chutney. Philistines.
My ambitious menu for our Thanksgiving feast was amended a bit. I didn't get around to baking up crackers or rolls, the Copper Pennies salad didn't end up on the table and I subbed out my Apple Sour Cream Pie for a different apple dessert that caught my eye on Linda the Gluten-Free Homemaker's great blog. This Applescotch dessert is a kissing cousin to an apple cobbler and was adapted by the resourceful Linda from a recipe in one of her beloved Mennonite cookbooks.
You make a sugar sauce on the stove which you pour into your pan as the bottom layer and then top it with gobs of sliced apples mixed with a flour base and then bake it up. It is really delicious warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
Linda's got lots of other great down home cooking recipes on her blog, as well as many kitchen and homemaking tips, celiac news, product reviews and other items. She is also the headquarters for Gluten-Free Wednesdays, a weekly blog carnival that links up gluten-free recipes and menu ideas. Each month she also lobs out a challenge to Gluten-Free Wednesdays participants and this month the challenge was to tackle a GF pie.
I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you all to Linda and her blog and to officially "adopt" her for the Book of Yum's Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger event. There will be a roundup for this event after the December 10 deadline, so time's still open to adopt your own GF blogger and give one or more of their recipes a test drive.