Archive for November, 2008

November 26, 2008

T(urkey) minus 1 Day

The best holiday of the year is coming up, and most of you are probably frantically trying to tie up loose ends and hit the road before the traffic gets bad.  I myself am looking forward to spending the weekend with David, my sister, and my brother-in-law, and relaxing as much as possible.

We’ve been planning our menu for weeks, and it’s now time to showcase it.

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Hors d’Oeuvre

Maultaschen Wontons with Dipping Broth

Mixed Green Salad

with Pears, Gorgonzola, Black Pepper Candied Walnuts and Caramelized Red Onions


Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing and Gravy

Chorizo Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Chutney with Dates and Oranges

Mashed Potatoes

Pan-Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Apple-Onion Cheddar Gratin

Sesame Ginger Bok Choy

Muffin Foccacia Bread


Pumpkin Pie

If you’re still looking for ideas:

Menu Writing Suggestions and Tips

David Lebovitz’s Spiced Nuts

Peanut Brittle

Broccoli casserole

Pumpkin Pie

Epicurious Thanksgiving HQ

And, since Sunday is already the first Advent: Egg Nog and Mulled Wine

November 18, 2008

Gluten-Free Spätzle


Picture courtesy of No Gluten Required

Last night a good friend of mine and I decided to make spätzle.  I love spätzle, as you all know, and when I heard that she can’t eat them because of her gluten allergy, I thought “There must be a way.”  I cannot imagine a world without spätzle.

I did some research on the forums of and found a promising recipe.  We got together last night for an impromptu dinner, both incredibly skeptical of the project.  However, it turned out fabulously.  We prepared it in my favorite way with lentils and saidenwurst (real gluten-free German hot dogs from Golden, Colorado!).  My friend also prepared delicious green beans with lemon that we nibbled on as we sipped our white wine for hours as we chatted about life into the wee hours of the night.

It was a delicious and fun time, and my friend has posted all about it – with picture documentation! – on her blog, No Gluten Required

November 3, 2008

November 4th Election Parties

I know I haven’t posted in a very long while, and I’m sorry.  I promise I will come back to posting regularly soon. However, something a bit more important is on my mind right now:

Perhaps this goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway: Tomorrow is a major day for the US, and the world.  It will decide what the next four years, or maybe even eight years, will look like in the US government.  Repercussions from tomorrow’s results could last decades beyond this.  Anyone who can vote in the US has a responsibility to do so – it’s the only way a democracy can function!

In times when situations become heavy, when the idea of the results going the way you don’t want them seems too much to bear, when we’re all incredibly anxious with butterflies in our tummies, many people find it nice to be around others, and to eat good food.  So I’ve decided to start a quick poll, see what people are doing tomorrow night.  It came out of the fact that two of my coworkers are attending election parties and they and their hosts have been designing menus to reflect the tastes of Barack Obama, as well as the color of his party (blue!). Menu items include: chili (apparently Obama’s favorite food), Pabst Blue Ribbon, food from Rick Bayless’ show and Frontera restaurant (apparently Obama’s favorite restaurant), and more.

I for one have class tomorrow night so I will be at the university until 9pm, and then I will probably go home and huddle in front of my computer with my roommates until I can’t bear it anymore or fall asleep, whichever comes first.  Food wise, I’m probably going to stick to homemade applesauce and whatever else I can dig up from my pantry.

I’m curious to see what others are doing for food on Election Night?

Please, post your answers in the comments below:

1) Are you going to or hosting an election party?

2) If so, what are you eating?

P.S.  And please – Vote Obama!