Holiday

  • Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard to Buy for People on Your List

    Here is my holiday gift guide for the hard to buy for person or people on your list.  We all have that person on our list that essentially has everything they need/ want or a family member that lives far away so you don’t know exactly what to get them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, because I have way too many hard to buy for people on my list. For those recipients that love fruit you can always do a fruit of the month club, but my particular favorite fruit this time of year are navel oranges from is Pearson Ranch. When I used to live in New York City I found the winter months to be the most difficult time for me, one problem was the fact that I could never find great fruit. I started doing some online research and I came across Pearson Ranch. I love their California navel… Read More

  • Non Traditional Holiday Meal Ideas

    I enjoy traditional holiday meals with turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, etc., especially on Thanksgiving.  There is something very comforting about knowing that you will have it at least once a year, maybe more with leftovers.  Unfortunatley, some of my family members are not fans of the traditional stuff, so here are some options if you want to take a break from the traditional holiday meal this year. Order BBQ from the famous Salt lick in Texas. This is what we did last year from Thanksgiving and it was a hit.  Not to mention the fact that it reminds my husband and I of our time at the University of Texas at Austin. My favorites are the brisket and the sausage, both are gluten free as is the BBQ sauce.  I would order soon if you want it for Thanksgiving.  We’ve done it for Christmas dinner too, so… Read More

  • The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Well, it’s that time of year, the time to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING…just kidding.  Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (it is in fact a fruit not a vegetable), so I like to put it in food, deserts etc when I can, especially this time of year.  I decided to make a pumpkin cake rather than the usual pumpkin pie, because I’ve always loved spice cake and why not get the added benefits of pumpkin right? Here are just a few of the added health benefits of pumpkin: According to Nutrition and You: 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. According to Medical News Today: The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants and vitamins contained within pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes. That… Read More

  • Short Ribs

    I made short ribs for Christmas Dinner this year, so I wanted to make sure to share the amazing results.  I first had short ribs about 4 years ago when my step daughter ordered it.  I’ve always been turned off by ribs, but her meal looked really good so I asked for a taste and I loved it.  I couldn’t believe it took me so long to try short ribs.  Since that first taste, I order them every chance I get. Print Slow Cooker Short Ribs Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 6 hours Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes Servings 6 servings Author Gluten Free Avenger Ingredients 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 medium carrots cut into 1-inch pieces 3 celery stalks including leaves, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup beef broth 4 fresh thyme sprigs 1 bay leaf 2… Read More

  • Gluten Free Holiday Meals and Entertaining

    I love having friends and family over for the holidays, but gluten free holiday meals can seem daunting.  We usually have one or two orphans(someone who isn’t able go home for the holidays) and some family over for the holidays.  Our gatherings are usually pretty small, because our families are spread out all over the US, so getting everyone in the same room over a holiday is pretty impossible.   Entertaining does give me an excuse to set the table beautifully, bring out the nice serving platters, utensils, etc, but when you’re making food for lots of non-gluten free people, you don’t want them to feel like they’re missing out.  When I do have people over I usually make everything gluten free….I used to buy pre-made non gluten free stuffing, but everyone usually liked my homemade gluten free version so now I only make everything gluten free. In past years, I’ve ordered partially prepared… Read More