A Gluten Free Thanksgiving Feast

Delicious pumpkin cheesecake

My family has always been incredibly accommodating of my severe gluten intolerance.  They go out of their way to ensure that there is no risk of cross contamination when they prepare meals and always ensure that I have gluten free food and that includes a dessert too!  I am so grateful and thankful of family.  I One year my aunt actually made me my own small turkey breast with stuffing inside.  There was almost a dual personality to that meal.  She had to cook two turkeys, two types of stuffing, two gravies. Thanksgiving this year outdid the rest.  There’s actually three of us now in my family who eat gluten free.  My uncle and cousin both avoid gluten for separate reasons.  My cousin had a food allergy test recently which told her to stop eating gluten and wheat because her body wasn’t processing it.  On the other hand, since my uncle read Wheat Belly about a year ago, he has avoided wheat and won’t look back.  So this year, 3 / 12 of us eat gluten free so this meal was paradise.  As an appetizer there was bruschetta with brie.  It took me a few minutes to get used to the fact that gluten free bread was used for everyone.  My whole family enjoyed it and my aunt had to make a second batch.

This Thanksgiving the turkey wasn’t stuffed so that everyone could eat the same turkey with their own stuffing.  The gravy was gluten free for all.  The only thing I had to avoid was the gluten stuffing.  Of course there were three different types of bread stuffing available.  A gluten one, gluten free one and a vegetarian one for my brother. For dessert we all ate an amazing pumpkin cheesecake with a gluten free ginger snap crust.  So good!  This is by far my favourite cheesecake, especially with a dollop of whip cream on top. It was an amazing evening with my family.  Everyone complimented the food and didn’t miss gluten at all.

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