Friday, November 25, 2011

Feasting a Day Late

We’re eating our Thanksgiving dinner the day most people are having leftovers.  In an effort to include everyone in the cooking we put it off a day.  So today has been the cooking frenzy that ordinarily takes place on Thanksgiving.
This year has some new challenges imposed by my husband’s gluten free status.  We have tried to accommodate his dietary restrictions for most of the meal.  
Like the pies above.  One gluten-free and dairy-free, the other with regular flour and butter.  Can you tell the difference?  I didn’t think so.
The gluten-free pie is the one that looks the best (on the left).  Its crust is made from almond flour, oat flour, tapioca flour, teff flour, potato starch, sweet rice flour, xanthan gum, guar gum, salt, goat butter, lard, an egg, and ice water.
Both crusts contain leaf lard, supposedly the highest quality of lard, which comes from the fat near the pig’s kidney.  I had always steered clear of lard, but there are many people who swear it makes the best pie crust.
The proof will be in the eating, which should happen in another couple of hours.
We are just five for dinner:  the two of us, our children, and our daughter’s boyfriend.  Jake will also be hanging around hoping for a handout.
The strange thing about this meal is it’s the same amount of work no matter how many people are sitting around the table.  But everyone has shared in the work and we can be flexible about when we eat.
Hope your Thanksgiving meal included good food and lots of family!


Blogger Gary said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You are certainly one of the people I give thank for. Enjoy the meal and your family.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

What a beautiful table! I'm sure the meal will be equally delicious. Happy Thanksgiving!

6:44 PM  
Blogger e said...

Gorgeous table and I hope your meal and time together is wonderful.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

Those are fantastic looking pies. I'll take a taste of both please.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Steve Reed said...

It's definitely worth delaying a day to have everyone there. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

1:43 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Barbara! It all looks beautiful..

I've been catching up again, and loved the zebra thoughts, all the yoga info and of course the origami yoda! Looking forward to hearing more about the kids' and the origami yoda when that book arrives!

9:00 AM  

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