Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free – Traditions!

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by Carol Kicinski on December 31, 2010

As another year comes to a close I am honored to be hosting December’s edition of Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free, a monthly round up of gluten-free recipes with a theme each month started by the ever delightful Naomi of Straight Into Bed, Cakefree and Dried. It is such a pleasure to be brought into the lives and traditions of such great gluten free bloggers!

January’s theme is “Follow The Calender” and is hosted by Laureen of Celiac Teen.

So take a look at this month’s entries and hopefully they will inspire you to create or adopt traditions of your own.

Naomi starts us off with her Sticky Gingerbread Muffins which are not only gluten-free but grain-free as well. In this post she gives us a look into the wonderful world she creates for and shares with her family. These muffins sound like a fabulous way to start a holiday morning.

Kim from Cook It Allergy Free offered us this lovely Chai Spice Apple Bread with Chia Chia Streusel. This is a new tradition for this family that is steeped in family traditions and personally, I agree with Kim, this is definitely a keeper!

Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen shares with us her Gluten Free Quinoa Crepe Suzzettes, a lovely way to fuel up for a special day. This recipes is prepared the day before and whipped up in just a few minutes on Christmas morning. After all, who wants to work on Christmas?

Christmas mornings in my house revolve around seeing what Santa left in our stockings, unwrapping presents, sipping tea, coffee or hot chocolate and nibbling on gluten-free Cherry Almond Loaf.
As is Shirley’s way (from Gluten Free Easily) she offers us something we can make to give as gifts and share. A long time family favorite is her Sweet and Crunchy Snack Mix and her Classic Spicy Snack Mix, both sound like winners to me!

Catherine from 23 Days and Counting is new to blogging and we welcome her with her first submission to Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free. She carries on a long standing tradition of preserving food for the year ahead, something she gets from the women in her family. Her Zucchini Relish would also make a wonderful gift, I know I would love a jar!

Suzanne from Autism Mom Rising shared with us cooking in the kitchen with her son Alex who dreams of growing up to be a gluten-free chef. It is a delightful insight in to what is sure to be a tradition in their home.

Tia from Glugle Gluten Free made us a Christmas Lasagna, a gluten-free adaptation of her mother’s recipe. Tia shares with us her mother’s secret ingredient for a moist lasagna which is proclaimed to be the best by all who eat it! I am thinking this red and green lasagna is a welcome addition to any holiday meal.

Cookies are another welcome tradition and Kelly from The Spunky Coconut does not disappoint with these adorable Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies. Seriously, how cute are these? And they are much healthier than traditional gingerbread cookies to boot. Take a peek at her adorable helper cutting out the cookies in this post.

Iris from The Daily Dietribe offers us another awesome cookie, Molasses Spice Cookies aka Reindeer Drops. You are going to have to pop over to Iris’ blog to see how the nickname came about. But whatever you call them, these cookies look and sound amazing and offer a new tradition of healthier treat options for the holidays.

Christine from Without Adornment baked up her family’s favorite cookie for which she actually posted three versions! This must be one great cookie. Her Cherry Almond Crisps are gluten, dairy egg and soy free but do not seem to be missing out on any flavor.

Valerie from City Life Eats took a good look at what has become tradition for she and her husband over the past six years of being together. The answer was ice cream! How cool is that (pun intended). Her Strawberry Ice Cream is Dairy Free, Vegan and Refined Sugar free and looks absolutely luscious!

Zoe from Z’s Cup of Tea gave us a gluten, grain and dairy free version of Gingerbread Cake in her Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cake – eating healthier just doesn’t get much better than this! It is an updated version of a cake she traditionally makes and she offers lots of photos to get it just right!

A delightful tradition for many is to make Gingerbread Houses at Christmas with the kiddos and Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom along with her family have made this a yearly tradition. This post was a real family affair, guest hosted by her husband Mike, they share this year’s masterpiece – Gluten Free, Casein-Free, Egg Free Gingerbread House.

Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake also offers up another gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Gingerbread House Masterpiece. Seriously adorable! This was her first year making a gingerbread house but vows it is her new family tradition for Christmas. We look forward to seeing what she comes up with next year.

I have always thought of Christmas Pudding as a tradition although I have never made one (or in fact eaten one) at Christmas before. Fortunately Sea from The Book of Yum has shared with us a fabulous recipe to try, a gluten-free, dairy-free Christmas Persimmon Pudding. What a beautiful, flaming way to end a holiday meal. And the perfect way to wrap up our round up!

I have so enjoyed taking a peek into the traditions of these fabulous people and their families and I hope you will too. I also hope that it will become a tradition for all of us this year to participate in the monthly Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free round ups. After all isn’t sharing our recipes and lives what blogging is all about?

As this year closes I want to continue my own tradition of thanking all you wonderful readers for your love, generosity and support this past year. I wish for you all:

A Happy, Gluten Free, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!xo,
carol

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  • Lexie | Lexie’s Kitchen

    Carol, what a festive collection of family traditions and food. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

  • Zoe

    What a great round-up, Carol! I've found some new recipes I like and have bookmarked. Thank you for your kind words also, greatly appreciated. :) Have a Happy New Year!

  • gfe–gluten free easily

    What a beautiful job, Carol! I must check out every single one of these that are new to me. Thanks for your kind words and lovely New Year wishes! All the same to you, my dear. :-)Hugsss,Shirley

  • Naomi Devlin

    What a great round up of some incredible looking submissions.Thank you everyone who took part and thanks Carol for your unfailing warmth and generosity of spirit.Happy New Year! x x x

  • Valerie @ City|Life|Eats

    I love this roundup – such great traditions :)

  • Iris

    Somehow I missed that this had been posted. Thanks for hosting, Carol! You did a wonderful job with the roundup. Looking forward to seeing what I can come up with for Lauren's theme this month.

  • Maggie

    Carol, thanks so much for hosting! I love seeing what everyone shared, what a great roundup!

  • Jeanine

    What a great round up, and definitely a few recipes in there I'd love to try. Beautiful job, Carol!

  • withoutadornment

    Wonderful recipes! Thanks for hosting! :)

  • Stephen S. Blane

    One of the best blogs I have seen this year, I have to start him regularly visit, greetings!

  • Rhodes Scholar

    I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else encountering issues with your blog. It appears as if some of the text on your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Appreciate it

    • Carol Kicinski

      Hi Rhodes – I checked it on my computer in both Firefox and I.E. and it came up fine. Sometimes if your setting are set for larger type it runs off the screen. I am no computer expert so there may be something else going on, I’m not sure.

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