Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Sauce

I first came across this wonderful recipe on the Food Network show Big Daddy, by Aaron McCargo Junior , who won The Next Food Network Star a couple years ago. (I would love to try out for that show someday!) . I have not been impressed with his recipes thus far until I came across this beauty. I of course, felt compelled to make some changes. Next year, I would like to make my own, original cranberry sauce. I have some fabulous ideas!

This recipe calls for a large amount of sugar. I try to be sugar-free most of the time but since it is the holidays, it’s alright to indulge in your sweet tooth. Especially when a tart, sweet recipe is paired with the Perfect Roasted Turkey.

The “tweaked” recipe is below. To see the original click here. [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes: Perfect Roasted Turkey

This year we hosted our first Thanksgiving. For hosting my first holiday dinner, I was pretty calm except for the anxiety I had over the turkey. The night before I felt like I was going to have a heart attack because I was so worried on how it would turn out!  I had never made a brine before and was worried the turkey would have no flavoring. I know how to cook, I’m not sure why I was panicking so much.

The Food Network always airs many holiday cooking shows in November and December so I made sure to Tivo some of my favorites. Alton Brown, the host of Good Eats hosted a show on how to brine a turkey using this recipe: Good Eats Roast Turkey. I used his recipe along with my own tweaks and the turkey turned out amazing. It was moist and flavorful. My family usually cooks a turkey on Christmas day, so for you guys out there that do the same– I highly recommend this brine recipe. It is so easy!

Instructions for original recipe at Food Network.

ENJOY!

Before:

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Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I love to watch the Food Network during the holiday season. There are always many useful tips- from decorating to holiday recipes. I saw this recipe on The Food Network show: Dear Food Network; where many of their top chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes that they will be serving this year. This particular one caught my eye; it sounded delicate and delicious. I bought Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread mix and made a few variations. For the original recipe, click here.  The muffins came out fantastic. They are plump, moist and full of flavor.

Here is my altered version of her recipe: [Read more...]