Sunday, December 7, 2008

Food From Your Childhood - The 'Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free!' November Roundup

i am so happy to host this month's 'go ahead honey, it's gluten free!' i announced a little while ago that this month's theme would be: "Food from Your Childhood" - and oh my - people did not disappoint! we have a great roundup this month as always with nine tasty treats. the submissions allow you to take a step into some of our neighbors' homes from around the world to get a glimpse of some of their favorite dishes from back in the day. be sure to visit the individual sites for the full stories!

First up, we have Lauren from Daring to Thrive with our appetizer -

Lauren shared memories of tasty marinated 'Chinese Chicken Wings' that her mother used to make when she was a child. There were never any leftovers, and i can imagine why! (These are especially exciting for me because they're even soy free!) When you check out the recipe be sure to participate in Lauren's survey for her dissertation!

My gluten-free cousin Sholeh at Sliding Thoughts shared her recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.

This rich and creamy soup has some tasty additions to it that could warm you on those cold winter days!

Vittoria from Deliciously Gluten Free wanted to share a 'special occasion' meal from her childhood and that she did!

Presenting her gourmet skills, she recreated her great grandmother's Veal Scaloppini. This recipe replicated her early memories of home with reminders of working in the kitchen with her mother.

Kelly at The Spunky Coconut brought us a classic side dish with a totally new twist. Looking for a healthier, minimally processed gluten-free, casein-free version of the dish, she incorporated local organic green beans and onions, as well as homemade cashew milk for her Green Bean Casserole.

Like her mother did, she plans on making this dish every year. Green bean casserole has never sounded so good (look out Campbell's Soup!).

Sarah shared her Pumpkin Whoopee Pies with Cream Cheese Filling using the handy Google Documents application (good idea for anyone without a blog!)

These whoopee pies reminded Sarah of her days of eating Little Debbie's Oatmeal Creme Pies before going gluten free and were a big hit!

A truly creative dish from Nick the Peanut Butter Boy is his Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookies.

A vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free treat, Nick's mother used to make these treats for Easter. Bringing together the flavors of peanut butter and coconut, these easy to make treats remind Nick of his childhood.

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness reminisced of her grandpa who loved rice pudding when she made her Spiced Forbidden Rice Pudding:

Blending Chinese Black Rice with coconut milk and fragrant spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and a touch of ginger, this dish has a warm and comforting feel to it.

And now for the wonderful Naomi of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried, the creator of 'go ahead honey'...

Naomi took us back to her childhood with her secret delight of Magic Lemon Pudding. The airy sponge on top with the lemony creamy goodness below sounds irresistable. Without the flour, milk and sugar of her childhood, Naomi was able to recreate the magic to share the recipe with her own son - much like her own mother had with her.

Finally, here is my own submission at For the Love of Food! - my grandmother's Sweet Potato Pie.

This pie meant a lot to me growing up, as my grandmother taught it to me at a young age. I make it each year in her memory and is a favorite in my family on both sides. I love it for dessert or breakfast :)

So thank you to everyone for allowing us to have a glimpse into your childhoods and your homes... it is truly an inspiration how creative and diverse each of these dishes are!

***For information about next month's theme: "Foods that bring good fortune" - please visit Heather at Life Gluten Free who has posted more on the theme and the deadline.***

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  1. Thanks Noosh! Everyone's dish looks so amazing and comforting! Beautiful!

  2. What an amazing collection of submissions! I've been in the mood for some butternut squash soup lately, so I may have to try that one this weekend.

  3. Thank you Noosh! (And thank you for suggesting viewers participate in my dissertation research - I am much in need of participants!) These all look so tasty and I am excited at how many bloggers, and others, participated.

  4. What a lovely round-up, I feel a little emotional at the thought of all those memories of childhood. The submissions look fantastic - although I notice none of us chose green food! I guess it's not so comforting, unless you count pistachio fairy cakes as green....

    Thank you so much for doing a wonderful job of hosting. x x x

  5. these all look so mouth-watering delicious! well done hosting this!

  6. Noosh-

    What a great theme. Now is definitely the time of year to bring out the old family favorites. Wonderful!

  7. kelly- thank YOU! i can't wait to try your dish :)

    elizabeth-me too :) i love everything butternut.

    lauren- happy to do it, i know how it goes.

    naomi- they really were fantastic! oh, and the green bean casserole was green :)

    amy/vittoria- thanks!

  8. I have to say, I really really want to try the Pumpkin Whoopee Pies!! I'll have to adjust them a bit to be vegan, but I am definitely going to try them.

  9. I used to have a blogger account and it always defaults to that, so "Veggiemama" is me

  10. lifeglutenfree, if you do make a vegan version, let me know!

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  12. The sweet potato pie looks lovely! My mouth is watering looking at all these great recipes. Wonderful blog! :)

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