November 2016 - Buttered Side Up

How to Roast Carrots (and Make Them More Interesting)

Herb Roasted Carrots
I've fallen in love with carrots this year.

They're sweet and savory and starchy all at the same time. It's hard for me to keep from eating all of the carrots that I prep for the week in one sitting day.

How to Host a Real Food Thanksgiving

How to Host a Real Food Thanksgiving

I don't know about you, but I tend to enjoy my food more when I know that it's been made from scratch. Sure, I love my share of Stovetop dressing. But if I take the time to prepare it myself, a little piece of me doesn't die when I think about the MSG and corn syrup I'm consuming.

It DOES takes extra time and effort to cook your feast without the aide of modern convenience foods. But with a little planning and prep it's totally doable. Especially if you delegate some of the dishes to other family members.

Here are some recipes and a timeline to help you host a real-food Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Clafoutis

Cranberry Clafoutis
Hey, friends! How is your November going?

I'm BEYOND excited for Christmas this year, but I don't want it to overshadow fall and Thanksgiving. Fall is a tiny blip as it is, so I want to savor it. Do you feel like that, or are you pulling out the Christmas decorations in October?

I feel like I haven't sipped nearly enough mugs of cinnamon tea, gone on enough sunny afternoon strolls, or baked enough Thanksgiving-themed things for y'all (I can say y'all since my mum is from Missouri, right?).

Cranberry Clafoutis
This may surprise some of you, but I don't use whole wheat flour for baking any more. From research that I've done, unless you properly prepare whole grains to remove phytic acid (an anti-nutrient), you might as well use white flour. The bran in whole grains also contains other plant toxins (such as lectins). In traditional cultures, people would actually sift whole grain flour to remove some of the bran.

If you're looking for a great versatile, all-rounder flour for your holiday baking, Bob's Red Mill's got you covered.

Their Organic Unbleached White Flour is freshly milled from Organic hard red wheat. Both the bran and the germ have been removed leaving the endosperm that is made into white flour.

I personally think that the occasional treat made with organic all-purpose flour won't harm you. Just be careful for flours that are enriched with synthetic vitamins! Bob's Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour contains zero additives. Just one ingredient: Hard red wheat. Win!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

These gluten free pumpkin waffles are tender and full of spicy fall flavors!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
I know I said this in my last waffle post, has been a bit...crazy? Is that the right word? Hectic? INSANE? Maybe that's exaggerating just a hair.

What with work, helping out my sisters after having their babies, battling an illness, and taking care of a clingy baby, I've been worn out more often than not recently. I know, I know...I should practice saying no. But I really feel that the majority of the things I do are necessary. And I know of moms that take on a LOT more than I do. Maybe I'm just a wimp...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
But about these waffles.

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