Finding Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Allergy-Friendly, Low-Glycemic, Low-Carb, or Low-Fat Thanksgiving Recipes!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away? At this time of year, magazines and traditional food sites pull out all the stops with delicious-looking foods. That can be fine if you have a crowd who can (and will) eat anything, but when you're trying to make a Thanksgiving dinner to accommodate a special diet, food blogs can be a great place to look. I'm here to help you find amazing vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-friendly, low-glycemic, low-carb, and low-fat Thanksgiving recipes. ...more

What a fabulous collection of resources for those of us living gluten-free, vegan, low carb, ... more

Thanksgiving Time Savers! 27 Make-Ahead and Slow Cooker Recipes

Even for experienced cooks, putting a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on the table is a culinary challenge. People love lots of Thanksgiving side dishes, but the meal has turkey and gravy, which both need last-minute attention. Thanksgiving dinner is often a timing nightmare, but using a slow cooker is something that can really help. Another great Thanksgiving sanity-saver is making things ahead, then just reheating them or cooking them on turkey day....more

What a wonderful post- with so many great recipes. Using the slow cooker is a fab idea. Now ... more

Buddying Up to Buckwheat: What Is It? How Do We Cook It?

In my campaign to learn more about an entire food category too many of us know little about, whole grains (see Whole Grains: Let Start at the Very Beginning), it's been two weeks and -- dare I say? -- I have little to report. No, that's not true. ...more

Buckwheat rocks- in my humble gluten-free kitchen. It may be an acquired taste for those ... more

BlogHer Cooks: Let us Know What's On Your Thanksgiving Menu and We'll Feature Your Best Recipe Here

Thanksgiving is three weeks away, and cooks all over the U.S. are looking for something special for the menu. This is a meal where people like to plan ahead, even though turkey is usually a given and many families have traditional dishes they make every year. Of course, some good cooks have special holiday recipes they've become known for, and those are the ones we want to know about. Tell us about your Thanksgiving specialty and how to make it, and we'll include your recipe link as part of this post. ...more

...for the mention of my vegan pumpkin pie. I did a test run- just to be sure it's as tasty ... more

Soup in the Crockpot When You Get Home From Work is a Beautiful Thing

So maybe you're one of those busy people who hasn't fully embraced the idea of crockpot cooking? Maybe you need just a little more information to convince you to use a crockpot. How's this for encouragement: Dinner. Is. Ready. When. You. Get. Home. From. Work. What could be better! ...more

Crock Pot soups are a life saver (and time saver). I love tossing together a soup, stew, or ... more

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

In an attempt to assist me with this series of pumpkin posts, TW put a couple of savory pumpkin dishes on the menu for this week. I'm sure they'll be fine but as much as love pumpkin, I don't necessarily love pumpkin as a main dish or even as an appetizer. ...more

I love pumpkin recipes... from soups and chowders to pumpkin bars and cakes. The house always ... more

Healthy Muffins: Reality or Ruse?

Once upon a time, a smart working gal started her days at the corner coffee shop, fixated on a pumpkin muffin (pumpkin? it's a vegetable!) and a latte (with skim milk! women need their calcium!). Turns out, the smart working girl (who, me?) wasn't so smart, spending $6 a day ($1600 a year!) and consuming nearly 700 calories (the equivalent of a double cheeseburger and a small fries!). ...more

Gluten intolerance encourages experiments! I am using higher protein grains in baking now. ... more

Another Way to Get Your Brown Rice: Gluten-Free and Nutritious Brown Rice Tortillas

On Sunday I wrote about how brown rice has been added to the list of whole grains and urged BlogHer readers to eat more brown rice. Today I'm back with another idea featuring brown rice. Brown rice tortillas are a lower-glycemic index alternative to corn or flour tortillas, as well as being a perfect idea for anyone who needs to avoid gluten in their diet. ...more

Kalyn, thank you for mentioning my brown rice chips (and pesto BLT wrap, and tostada). I just ... more

My Take on the Vice Presidential Debate

On Thursday night, millions of Americans tuned in to watch the first-ever vice presidential debate featuring a Republican woman discussing the most important issues of the day with her Democratic opponent.  It was a historic event, and as the Co-chair of the Republican National Committee and someone who champions the involvement of women in our party and our political system, I was extraordinarily proud of Gov. ...more

Watching the debate was painful. To my observation, Governor Palin appeared highly coached- ... more

Brown Rice Now Appears on the FDA List of Whole Grains

It wasn't exactly front page news, but earlier this year the FDA officially added brown rice to the list of foods that can be labeled whole grains. Previously rules about fiber content had kept brown rice from making the list. Of course you may be scratching your head if you already considered brown rice to be a whole grain, but this new ruling makes it crystal clear that eating brown rice is a very good thing. ...more

Brown rice smothered with roasted vegetables has always been a favorite comfort food. I'm ... more