Family, Holidays

My Big Fat Egg-free, Dairy-free, Meat-free, Pie-free, Gluten-free Thanksgiving!

I do not eat turkey. My husband does not eat apple pie. My nephew is allergic to eggs. My brother-in-law doesn’t do dairy. Betty eats gluten-free. Michael won’t touch tofu with a ten-foot fork. My sister-in-law is allergic to several foods, ibuprofen and dogs. Hey, wanna have us over?Thanksgiving 2013_1

My 86-year-old father-in-law is the only one without any allergies or aversions. He also gifted me a large sum of cash on Thanksgiving day. I’m not one to pick favorites, but…

Despite our challenges, we managed to have quite a bit of yummy on the Thanksgiving table. There was something for everyone.

Thanksgiving Menu:

  • Quinoa Stuffing in an Acorn Squash bowl
  • Turkey (mostly dark meat upon request) and gravy from Whole Foods.
  • Roasted vegetable salad
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Spicy Sweet Potatoes (Our friend Michael made these, Martha’s recipe)
  • Homemade Biscuits
  • Pumpkin Brownie Pie (egg-free)
  • Apple PieThanksgiving 2013_2

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And now we’ve come to the part of the blog post where we play, “WHO MADE THAT PIE?”  Which of these lovely cooks do you think baked the pies?Thanksgiving 2013_4

And the answer is… the cook in the middle– my sister-in-law! If you trust the look on Elizabeth’s face (left) or mine (right) you’re smokin’ too much cinnamon stick. “Betty” is well-known for her burnt fries that hubby Michael posted to Facebook a while back. And while I love cooking, mostly Thai, I am simply incapable of rolling out dough. SIL made nearly EVERYTHING. (I made the Gaprao Goong the next night.)Thanksgiving 2013_5

One of the many things I am thankful for this year is that Auntie Lu taught Pearl how to knit! Pearl’s grandmother, whom I never met, taught Lu on Thanksgiving Day back in 1994. Lu’s been waiting to teach Pearl since she was born. My aunt taught me when I was about Pearl’s age, but I’ve since forgotten. My brain has only retained the file for crochet. (It’s much smaller file.)Thanksgiving 2013_6

Did anyone else FaceTime with their families? We called mine back in Massachusetts.

In addition to technology (in proper working condition), I’m thankful for so much this year: my beautiful family and friends, my home, my healthy body, laughter and love. Also, meat-alternatives, egg-replacer, Benedryl, dog-loving neighbors, time-consuming crafts, brooms for sweeping up said crafts, dishwashers, wine, cash surprises, other people’s babies, California sunsets, my blog, my community and all of you!! xoxo

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