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Join Us for. . . A Gluten Free Holiday!

I’m so excited to be able to share a yummy, healthy, gluten-free holiday with you all this year!

Anyone with food allergies or other dietary restrictions for health reasons (such as my lovely ACD, for instance) knows how important it is to serve holiday foods that are both safe and delicious.  We want to help as many people as we can do just that this holiday season.

And just who is “we,” you ask? 

Well, this year, I’ve been invited by the wonderfully gracious Amy (the friendly voice behind the popular blog Simply Sugar and Gluten Free) along with four of her other bloggy buddies to participate in this holiday event.  The main impetus behind the event is to seek out the very best gluten free recipes for the holidays–ones that are both delicious and healthy!

And “we” includes all of you, too!  Without all of you reading, commenting, and linking up for the event, it just wouldn’t be the same celebration! So we’re inviting all of you to participate, too.

How Will it Work?

On Thursdays in November and December, a different gluten-free blogger will host a link-up event where you can share your best gluten-free holiday dishes.  The linky will be open until the following Wednesday at 10:00 pm CST.

Every week there will be give-aways, too. Amy, along with Shirley of Gluten Free Easily, has lined up some amazing giveaways–prizes that would make some great early Christmas presents (or perhaps a present for yourself)! I can’t wait to share all of these with you.  😀

Here’s the Line Up of Dates and Themes:

November 4th – Healthier Through The Holidays at Diet, Dessert, & Dogs

That’s me!  I’m going to kick off the event by discussing how to navigate the  holiday season on a healthier note.  After 18 months on the ACD, I’ve learned a bit about approaching holiday (or any special-occasion) eating to avoid packing on pounds or veering too far from a set eating plan. For this event, you can contribute your own healthier dish, or perhaps tips for staying slim when there’s tempting food all around–anything to do with staying healthier through the holiday season.

November 11th – Thanksgiving Favorites at Gluten-Free Easily

Share your favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving dish from appetizers to desserts at Shirley’s place. We want to see your stuffing, turkey dishes, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly…anything Thanksgiving goes. (And to Canadian readers–we’ve got a head start on the US readership for this theme–so please do share your own Thanksgiving dishes for this week, too!) 

November 18th – Gifts of Good Taste at Tasty Eats at Home

Who doesn’t love a gift made with love? Share your favorite foodie gift that’s gluten-free. Have a fabulous way to pack a yummy treat? We want to see that, too. 

December 2nd –Holiday Entrees & Sides  Dishes at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

Bring your family’s favorite entrées and sides.  Diane will be ready for them all.  And while Hannukah starts on December 2nd this year, we hope you’ll still submit some of your favorite dishes as well. 

December 9th – Holiday Breakfast & Brunch at Ginger Lemon Girl

A warm, cozy breakfast or brunch is a wonderful way to start off the holiday.  This is a great time to help someone else whipping up your fabulous gluten-free cinnamon rolls or a crumb-topped coffee cake by sharing your favorite recipes.

December 16th – Holiday Desserts at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Just like it sounds – bring your favorite gluten-free Christmas desserts for all to share.  Cookies, pies, truffles, cakes, and candies….we want to try them all.

So, get your recipe box out and start browsing…then get in the kitchen and start cooking for the best ever gluten-free holiday!

If you’d like to share the event on your own blog. . .

To share the event on your blog, simply right click on our event badge above, save it to your desktop, and upload it to your blog. 

Feel free to share the event with your own readers, Facebook buddies, twitter followers and other friends!

Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

“Mum, we’re not too concerned about not packing on the pounds at the holidays. . . but we would definitely be interested in those gifts that taste good!”

“Zip it, Chaser–she said, ‘gifts of good taste,’ not ‘gifts that taste good.’ But don’t worry, we’ll be getting our own gifts this holiday season. . . just keep giving Mum that sad puppy stare and we’re all set.”


15 comments to Join Us for. . . A Gluten Free Holiday!

  • Oooh, what a great idea! I’m in!


  • sounds like an excellent idea. I hope to contribute but my holiday dishes are much different than those of my American pals. Not only do we not do thanksgiving but we are in the middle of summer – however I love all the winter warmers for celebrations so will look forward to seeing others’ ideas. And maybe it is time for another nut roast – you can never have too many!


  • How cool! I like engaging in alternative baking even though gluten doesn’t bother me. I might participate during MoFo! 🙂


    Ricki Reply:

    River, the event will include all kinds of cooking, not just baking, so even if you DON’T want to bake with GF flours, you can still participate! Salads, side dishes, even main courses–there are lots that are naturally gluten free!

    And I should also mention (for everyone) that the event isn’t restricted to particular eating styles. . . it will embrace all kinds of eaters, since the five of us make up a pretty broad spectrum (that is, dairy free, sugar free, vegan, omnivore, etc.). We want everyone to feel welcome at the holidays! 🙂


  • What a wonderful idea! You all have created such as holiday spirit for me already! Looking forward to it all! I would love to contribute as well.


  • I just started a GF diet, so I’m really looking forward to this!


  • Courtney

    This is brilliant, Ricki! I can’t wait to see/read all of the entries.



  • I love this idea! You ladies did this last year too, right? I am sure I will get a few recipes in for this 🙂


    Ricki Reply:

    Amy and a few others did it last year, yes–but this is the first time I was invited to join in–yay! 🙂


  • This sounds awesome! I have been having some gluten-free fun lately and am looking forward to this, as I love holiday menu planning.


  • i couldn’t think of a more awesome idea for sharing glorious good gluten-free holiday recipes, Ricki! what a wonderful idea – i like that there’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, too. i am sooooooooooo looking forward to all the yumminesses to come!


  • sounds like fantastic fun. Thanks for hosting!


  • Olya

    Hi Ricki!

    I made your hazelnut melting moment and (gosh!) thank you SO so so MUCH for the recipe, they turned out beatifully.

    I have a question: when I measured 1 cup of ground hazelnuts, my scales showed “75 gramms” and the recipe says “240 ml”. Is it me or the recipe? 🙂 Thank you very much.


    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Olya, it’s because 240 ml (the same as one cup) is a volume measurement, and 75 grams is weight–but they should actually be the same thing. I’ll double check the weight and then change the recipe so it’s easier to understand. I’m so glad they worked out for you in any case! 🙂


  • Such fun. I can’t wait to participate. Thank you Ricki.


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