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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...

Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing (Dairy Free & Gluten Free)

By Jan Buhrman

My son Oren asks for this every Thanksgiving. Make your gluten-free corn bread a few days before. Cut into small squares (croutons) and allow to harden. You can speed up the process by placing in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour. This will easily serve 14-16. 2 cups extra virgin olive oil 4...

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...

Cranberry Pear Pie

By Jan Buhrman

Pie Crust I believe nothing compares in flakiness as a pie crust made with lard. At the kitchen porch, we use lard from pigs that we know are raised well and have happy lives. Otherwise the next best ingredient is butter! 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Pinch salt 1/2 cup lard 3 to 4 tablespoons...

Scallops and Parsnip Puree

By Jan Buhrman

The bay scallops are like candy this time of year and when served with this puree, they are remarkable. I only use a smudge of puree (along with a little drizzle of pumpkin oil, maldon sea salt and cracked pepper) under the scallops so guests can toothpick the scallops and smear the smudge onto...

Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

By Jan Buhrman

Serves 8 1 pomegranate 4 pears 3 ribs celery 1 grapefruit 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or nut oil 1 lemon 6 cups mixed baby salad greens 1 cup pecan or almonds sliced and toasted sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To remove the pomegranate kernels, cut the fruit in half and place...

Squash and Kale Gratin

By Jan Buhrman

A friend brought this to dinner the other night. She credited Martha Stewart. I have adapted it. 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled 1/2 bunch kale (about 8 ounces), stems and tough ribs removed, leaves torn into large pieces (about 7 packed cups) Unsalted butter, for baking dish Coarse salt and freshly ground...

Turkey: Farm To Table

By Jan Buhrman

Seventy years ago, turkey breeders changed the way they raised birds. The trend began with breeding turkeys to have large breasts and small legs. These birds could grow to full size on less feed and in half the time as the old-breed turkeys – this leads to turkeys being raised cheaper, faster, and (I...

If I Were In Charge Of Thanksgiving

By Jan Buhrman

If I were in charge of Thanksgiving I’d cancel Black Fridays, working on Wednesday, marshmallows, icons of scarecrows Indian & pilgrims. If I were in charge of Thanksgiving There’d be pumpkin pie for breakfast, apple pecan salad for lunch and turkey and cranberries for dinner. If I were in charge of Thanksgiving You wouldn’t...

Cashew, Almonds, Chocolate & Coconut Rolls

By Jan Buhrman

These fructose-free bliss balls are a great treat to serve your friends and family to show them that quitting fructose can still be delicious! 1/2 cup cashew butter 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder 1 cup almond meal 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cardamom 1...

Cornbread, Sausage, Apple, & Pecan Stuffing

By Jan Buhrman

In the early 80s, Karen English and I started a catering business called Summer Fare and we would pour over the Silver Palate cookbook for inspiration.  This was one of my favorite recipes for stuffing. I have done it every year since and I never tire of it. The key is to use great...

Curried Sweet Potatoes, Mustard Greens & Garbanzo Beans

By Jan Buhrman

I have had several requests for vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving.  Seriously, skip the turkey and go straight for the side dishes!  Who could go hungry?  I did get a request for vegetarian gravy.  I needed to think about this possibility: deglazing a pan of roasted vegetables with a rich vegetable stock, and of course...

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