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December 17, 2018

Favorite Holiday Dishes and Treats

sausage ballsI know you can find favorite holiday dishes listed by state. I’m sure you can find many other favorite lists grouped in many other ways. Today, you get to enjoy a few of my holiday favorites categorized by the order in which they pop into my head.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Many holiday favorites come from family traditions. This one does not. The first time I tasted peppermint ice cream was at a Baskin-Robbins®. I don’t remember the city or the year. I just remember the creaminess of the milk balanced the mintiness of the peppermint in a scrumptiously delicious way. Later I discovered Chik-fil-A® peppermint chocolate chip milkshakes. Those were even richer and more decadent than ice cream.

One year, my son Ben & I bought a half gallon of peppermint ice cream on the way to my hometown for Christmas. We didn’t have a cooler with us. I have no idea what we thought we were going to do with all of that ice cream for three hours in the car, but standing at the counter a single serving each just didn’t seem like enough. We ate all we could stand, then threw away a large amount of melted pink mess.

If you’re like me, you have to review each new holiday offering to make sure it’s compatible with your eating regimen. Be prepared. This reading assignment may startle you. In addition to excessive calorie counts, you’ll find artificial flavors, corn syrup, and gum stabilizers. As long as it’s gluten-free, I don’t mind choosing this kind of treat once a year but it’s not something I want on a regular basis.

Eggnog

I know there are two camps on eggnog. I happen to like it. You don’t even need to spike it with anything as long as there’s nutmeg sprinkled on top. One draw is that we had it at my grandmother’s house on Christmas. The other is similar to that of peppermint ice cream – it’s soooooo rich and sweet.

Biscuits

My family’s traditional Christmas meal was breakfast. My mother served it mid-morning after we opened presents. It was the one time each year she was sure to make a homemade meal. I loved the crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, and even the biscuits although they were an acquired taste. They were consistently so brown and hard my sister called them moonrocks.

Sausage Balls

I never think to make sausage balls until the holidays roll around. That means cooking one recipe is never enough. I always double up. If I have any left I can freeze them. Of course, I never have any left. If we don’t eat them all while the family is together, someone packs up a bunch to go. The few that remain are my breakfast for a day or two. They really are a good grab & eat breakfast.

Party Mix

Much like sausage balls, my family starts eating party mix around Christmas and puts it away just after the Super Bowl. My great aunt Ruth brought party mix to my grandmother’s house every Christmas. I loved the crunch of Brazil nuts and the toasted buttery flavor of the cereal. I would try to eat it slowly so it would last longer. While I was successful at eating small portions, I ate them so often it still didn’t last long.

Harry & David® Pears

My box of Harry & David pears just arrived. A friend gives me one every year as a Christmas/birthday present. I excitedly await the ripening of the first pear. These Royal Riviera Pears are never ordinary. They’re extraordinary!

Hot Chocolate

It seems that Christmas parades these days are during the day. When I was growing up, our parade was at night and it was C-O-L-D. Riding on a float or standing and watching left us chilled and ready for a cup of hot cocoa. We could hardly wait long enough for it to cool before we started gulping.

Chocolate Orange Balls

I like the flavor of orange and chocolate together, but my favorite thing about chocolate orange balls is the instructions – Whack and Unwrap! It’s a pleasure to consume food you don’t have to treat gingerly and anything that helps work out the added frustrations of the holidays is a good thing. Perhaps that’s why Santa always left my dad nuts to crack.

Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries

I love bing cherries! We used to eat them fresh from the tree. I’m not sure it gets any better than that, but since I no longer have access to a tree, I’ll settle for the chocolate covered version.

There were a few more items that crossed my mind, but ultimately didn’t make this list – pumpkin bread, glazed ham, beef & noodles (this makes my all time favorite list, but we had it on multiple occasions throughout the year), and green rice. Fruit cake crossed my mind, but try as I might, I don’t like it.

Your family may have a more traditional holiday dinner that produces favorites like prime rib, green bean casserole, mincemeat pie, latkes, or Christmas pudding. Whatever they are, I wish you the opportunity to enjoy them with those you love this holiday season!

https://www.baskinrobbins.com/content/baskinrobbins/en/products/icecream/flavors/pepperminticecream.html

https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/Inside-Chick-fil-A/The-Peppermint-Chocolate-Chip-Milkshake-is-Back

https://www.harryanddavid.com/h/fruit-gift/pears

https://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/mhplibrary/parties-and-get-togethers/vintage-betty/retro-recipe-the-original-original-chex-party-mix

https://www.bissingers.com/product/Chocolate-Covered-Cherries/Bissingers-Chocolate-With-fruit

http://www.cooking2thrive.com/blog/gluten-free-bowl-mix/

http://www.cooking2thrive.com/blog/gluten-free-bowl-mix/

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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November 30, 2015

10 Great Gluten-Free Gifts for the Food Lovers in Your Life

giftsAs more and more people embrace a gluten-free lifestyle, you may find yourself searching to find great gluten-free gifts for the food lovers in your life. There’s no need to focus on foods with a gluten-free label. Many foods are naturally gluten-free as well as delicious. If you’re looking for ideas, start with our top 10 favorites:
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1. Spices from Penzey’s
Long before I was gluten-free and it was possible to order online, I began giving Penzey’s gift packs as customer gifts. I love using the spices, so why wouldn’t I want to share! Packaged in a variety of combinations, the spices come in glass jars with black lids arranged in a perfectly tailored box for as little as $14.79. Individual spices and gift cards are also available. https://www.penzeys.com/

2. Harry & David Pears
Harry & David managed to squeak through some tough financial times and we’re so grateful! It doesn’t get any better than a perfectly ripe Royal Riviera® Pear. I let the juice run down my chin every time I bite into one. I just can’t help it! http://www.harryanddavid.com/
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3. Olive Oils and Vinegars from Strippaggio
You haven’t had balsamic vinegar until you’ve tried the Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Strippaggio. And then there’s the dark chocolate balsamic, blueberry balsamic, espresso balsamic, and many more – all delicious! And we can’t forget the Extra Virgin Olive Oils flavored with basil, lemon, jalapeño, and citrus. Give a sample pack of either 4 oils or 4 vinegars for about $25. https://strippaggioevoo.com/
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4. Zocalo Andean Heritage Flours
The natural boxes are cute, cute, cute and the flours are totally fun to play with. My favorites are the sweet potato and mesquite flours. The products are free of soy, gluten, dairy, and genetically engineered ingredients. They’re less than $10 and available from a variety of outlets including Amazon http://www.amazon.com/ and igourmet http://www.igourmet.com

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5. Scharffenberger Cacao Nibs & Cocoa Powder
I use the Cacao Nibs in my cheesecake crust. They add just the right touch of chocolate. The unsweetened cocoa powder flavors my favorite chocolate cake! You can also order a variety of gift sets. A tin of sweetened cocoa, a cute mug, and a candy cane would be perfect for the hot chocolate lover. http://www.scharffenberger.com/

6. Gourmet Gluten-Free Pasta from Pappardelle’s
The selection has changed since the last time I ordered, but there are several interesting options – Basil Garlic Penne, Garlic Chive Rooster Combs, Porcini Mushroom Large Trumpets, and Plain Mafaldine. Of course I’m most intrigued by the Dark Pasta Shavings that are not available this season. That’s okay. I can wait. There’s also a new 3 pack gift box for $40 and electronic gift cards to make things easy. http://www.pappardellespasta.com/products/dried-pasta/gluten-free-pasta

7. Snacks from Nuts.com
We order them for ourselves, why not for our friends! Nuts.com has a gluten-free menu link so it’s easy to choose the perfect snack of nuts, dried fruit, popcorn, candy, or veggie chips.There’s also a variety of coffees, teas, and sugar-free items, not to mention recipes and a gluten-free flour guide. https://nuts.com/

8. Taro Flavored Frozen Yogurt from Red Mango
I have no idea why a root vegetable makes for tasty frozen yogurt, but this flavor is the BEST!!! In fact, when they’re out of it no other flavor seems to suffice. Red mango yogurt retains the tangy taste of yogurt rather than the sweet taste of ice cream. For me, this is a real plus. Gift cards are available. http://www.redmangousa.com/

9. Bacon of the Month Club
We’ve ordered this for friends and they raved for years; problem is, they didn’t share a single piece of bacon with us. How crazy is that? Now there’s a specialized GF version so you don’t have to worry about the rubs and seasonings. http://www.baconfreak.com/bacon-is-meat-candy-bacon-club-gluten-free.html

10. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Blue Bell had a brief stumble this year. We’re glad to see they’ve resolved the problems and begun shipping again. We’ve been known to spend $125 in shipping cost just to get 4 gallons of Blue Bell to James in California. He loves it that much! http://bluebell.com/

As we push full speed ahead into holiday shopping craziness, I hope this list will help you save some time when you shop for the gluten-free amongst you.

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”