Monday, December 5, 2011

Feeling warm and toasty...

I did it again!  Not posting for a couple of weeks, bad on me. 
I hope you are all staying well and warm.  It's quite cold this morning 28 out and our heater didn't want to kick on right away.  That's a problem being it was 61 inside.

A quick recap of Thanksgiving.  We drove down to my in-laws and spent the night.
I made an amazing pumpkin pie without any soy.  My crust even turned out awesome.
This is a pic of it the next day which got a little smashed on the drive.
This is the recipe from Gluten Free Goddess blog you can get it here.  I only made the filling for my pie and made just a regular flaky pie crust.   One adjustment that I made in the pie filling is that instead of using xanthan gum, because I was out, I used 1 T. spelt flour.  If you don't have arrowroot powder you can use tapioca starch /you can use flour instead.  The reason for the xanthan and tapioca starch is to thicken it without gluten.  Obviously mine isn't gf because of the crust and flour I used in the filling.

Gluten free cornbread without flour?  You heard me right.  This recipe uses only cornmeal.
I was skeptical at first because I thought it would turn into mush.  As you can see it's not mushy at all but fluffy. I've never been a fan of the cakey cornbread.  My grandma always made cornbread, corncakes, cornbread stuffing,etc which consisted of lots of cornmeal and less flour.  So this was perfect.  I found the recipe at
Notes From the Vegan Feast Kitchen by Bryanna.   Check out her site for the recipe.
Not only does this tastes great but I couldn't wait to use it in a gf corn stuffing recipe I had been eyeing for sometime. 
Gluten Free Corn-Stuffing at Silvie+Maryl.  Silvie and Maryl are two sisters that give fabulous info on health, food, etc.  This calls for pecans and raisins.  I eliminated the raisins but used the pecans that tasted great in this.  I'll be making this again next year.

Root Vegetable Soup

Using the vegetables I had on hand to make this delicious and easy soup

1 Large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 med. butternut squash, chopped
2 Lg. carrots, chopped
1 white sweet potato, chopped
2 small yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 fennel, chopped
1/2 tsp. red pepper
6 cups, vegetable broth
2 tsp. thyme, dried if you have fresh add 1T.
1 1/2 C. cannelini beans or great northern, rinsed
kale, chopped(optional)

Saute yellow onion in 1 T. olive oil or water/broth until soft.  Add in the chopped garlic, fennel and red pepper for about 5 or so minutes until soft.  Next add the rest of the vegetables and broth. Cook for about 45 min or so until soft.  Mix in chopped kale and stir just until wilted.  Ladle into bowl with a drizzle of olive oil if you wish.

Now it's on to making our Christmas dinner menu.  I'm thinking tamales again or maybe italian? What are your plans for Christmas?


  1. the pumpkin pie looks perfect! the soup sounds yummy, too.

  2. great food and I bet it was yummy...Millie

  3. Quite the crisp mornings you have down there. :-) Looks like you had a yummy Thanksgiving! Tamales sound great for Christmas, I have no idea what I'm going to eat yet.

  4. Your root vegetable soup sounds exactly like the food I am craving right now. Perfect for this chilly weather!

  5. Sara- thanks the pumpkin pie was awesome! My favorite vegan pumpkin pie so far.
    Chow- Yes it's been quite cold. This morning it was 28degrees! Burrrrr!
    Mihl- using all kinds of veggies in this will work. It's fun to be using all of the fall veggies though.

  6. What a killer pumpkin pie, the texture looks perfect! Sounds like a delicious Thanksgiving, for sure.

  7. That pie looked so good and that soup is right up my alley! Looking forward to your post on Christmas dinner. Tamales would be my vote if I was on the ballot!

  8. Hannah- This pie does have the perfect texture.
    Dor - you are funny. I better start making my tamales.

  9. I am having a giveaway. hope you enter to win..millie

  10. Lovely yummies!

    I think you...ahem!...ought to visit my blog because I ....ahem....announced the Ovega contest winner.....ahem!....last week :)