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Tasty Holiday Meals for Challenging Diets

By Jan Buhrman

Happy Holidays to all of you! I wish you a blessed and joyous season, gathered around the table with family and friends and cooking delicious, healthy food. I sent out an email last week about the challenges of serving those who follow diets that used to fall far outside the mainstream. Vegan, gluten free, dairy...

Holiday Tips for Dietary Challenges

By Jan Buhrman

This is the time when family and friends gather to share a traditional meal—and some of them bring their not-so-traditional diets along. I am often asked by friends or clients what they should do when they have a guest with a certain dietary restriction: vegan, gluten free or dairy free. I find any meal can be adapted for...

Pomegranate Drink

By Jan Buhrman

2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice sweetened with honey (place the seeds and 1 teaspoon honey in the blender and blend – strain away the pulp) 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 2 mint sprigs Sparkling water (optional) Muddle the mint, by bruising it in a glass. Fill a glass with pomegranate juice and...


By Jan Buhrman

Caitlin made her eggnog with raw eggs and I must acknowledge that if you do not have access to good eggs that can be eaten raw, I recommend heating them to 170 degrees with the milk.  Otherwise, we simply separated the yolks from the whites, whisked the whites until fluffy and added the yolks...

Gingerbread Dough for Making Houses + Royal Icing

By Jan Buhrman

I am making gingerbread houses with my neighbor boys who are 8 and 10 this week and this is a good recipe. It is too hard to eat, but after many years of making gingerbread houses, this one does work and holds up well. One year, I saved our gingerbread in the basement with...

Family to Family

By Jan Buhrman

Please join our Family to Family Program to help ensure that all Island families in need will have a great Thanksgiving meal and a great Christmas meal. You can sponsor one family by contributing the cost of one meal basket, $25. All money goes to provide food. The First Baptist Church provides the use...

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