As we prepare for the holiday season, I again face the struggle between the traditional or a new and exciting Holiday feast. For me, Christmas is a Nordic theme that offers so many dishes coming from my Finnish roots; beet salad, turnip casserole and my all time favourite a potato casserole, referred to affectionately at my house as “special potatoes.”
These special potatoes are chocked full of milk, butter, spices and sugar–how can you go wrong? Relying on the culinary traditions of my Grandmother, we eagerly await these treats at every family get together. I need to spend the time with her to perfect my version of it. I still can’t seem to get it right! While these old reliable dishes are tempting to fall back upon, I am also faced with the struggle each year of begging my parents to consider a change from the typical Holiday Turkey Dinner. Let’s be honest, I am not a fan of turkey. In my case, I’ve cooked, carved and dismantled more turkeys than most people see in a lifetime, so for me it’s kinda getting old. I am now more of a fan of ham or even a lovely roasted beef tenderloin (yum!).
This year brings a new challenge: the Gluten Free Family Diet (much to Alan’s chagrin!). Here’s my opportunity to be creative in the kitchen while mixing things up a bit more and adding, what we find to be, a healthier path. I’ve found some great recipes that have been a hit at home. If anyone is interested, feel free to drop me a line.
And gluten or not … I wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday and Christmas season from all the GFC’s : GlutenFreeCheesemans !