Gluten-free lefse

Lefse
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Christmas baking has begun, it’s lefse making time. To be truly honest, I’ve made lefse in the summer too! ~I love lefse~ I grew up in a small town in the Midwest surrounded by Norwegians and lovely goodies like lefse, sandbakkelse, flatbread and rosettes served throughout the Christmas holidays. Although not Norwegian myself I first learned how to make these traditional Norwegian sweets around twelve years ago.  Even though I worked as a baker once upon a time and loved it, I am not a baker by nature but rather a cook. My husband is the baker in this household. So, in my book, we are a perfect team. We make lefse, sandbakkelse and rosettes together every November, and sometimes a small batch of flat bread too.  He’s not too keen on the flat bread, and really neither am I. But the lefse, well,  I make and even buy lefse throughout the year. Once made all you need is a good butter knife, butter, and sugar. You open up the lefse, because it is usually folded in quarters, spread soft creamery butter on it, sprinkle the sugar and roll it up.

Here’s the recipe I’ve used for the last few years due to my gluten issues- (Gluten free recipe)

Here’s the recipe I used to use pre- gluten issues-(this recipe is not Gluten free)

Until next time, take for besøket (thank you for visiting)

Gluten-free homemade holiday dressing

Well, it’s official-Winter is here! Snow is on the ground in Wisconsin, and temperatures are rapidly plummeting. This school term is a tough one, thankfully I’m down to my last four courses. My courses are federal taxation and tax laws plus an advanced accounting course that prepares me for the CPA exam. So, a lot of time is being spent doing homework, again. Between work, homework and the holiday season fast approaching, there is the work of preparing menus and lists for all the days leading up to and after Christmas. My first menu is our Thanksgiving menu: Organic turkey from the Co-op -check,  spuds-check, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes-check, homemade mac and cheese-check, homemade pumpkin pie-check, assorted snacks, and goodies- still working on, stuffing? hmm
Every year the question is begged “should we have stuffing or not” on the big day. This year my husband and I have decided to make it, and make it friendly for me (gluten- free). So I went looking on the internet, what would we do without it? and found a recipe I am going to try this coming weekend and see how it goes. Here’s the recipe and here’s what it looks like

wild rice
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Among the assortment of traditional Thanksgiving day goodies, is homemade mac and cheese. Because for us and so many others, mac and cheese is a traditional dish for this day. My tried and true recipe is here, I’ve said it many times, even here on my blog, I look to Ina Garten for all my cooking and baking recipes. Sometimes I do try a new one like I am trying above with the Wild Rice dressing, but 99% of the time, I leave it to Ina. The yummy mac and cheese looks like this

Mac n Cheese
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We went out this past weekend and bought ourselves a new tree. We do the faux trees because our cat eats the real ones and the real ones can be very toxic for kitties.  Our tree is a beautiful 8′ fir tree that I cannot wait to decorate. But first things first Thanksgiving. I’ll blog about the new dressing and how it turns out next week this time. Until then have yourselves a safe and warm (if you live where it snows/cold) week.