I am just realizing how close we are to the holidays and that this will be my second holiday trying to eat gluten free. The temptations are abundant - stuffing, rolls, pie, cookies, cakes, lasagna, and so much more. Sometimes you can find or make good substitutions. I recently bought a gluten-free apple pie at King Soopers. I have yet to try it but I am holding out hope. Gluten-free lasagna noodles actually come out much like wheat versions. But I have yet to find gluten-free Christmas cookies that even compare - and I have tried to adapt my "famous" recipe with no success.
If you have read previous posts, you will know that I am not celiac and therefore have more latitude with my eating. Last year, I did let myself have a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and one of my Christmas cookies. But knowing I can't eat whatever I want whenever I want often makes me sad. And then I think about all the celiacs that can't even treat themselves with a cookie and realize I should be more grateful.
I thought my journey would get easier by now but it almost seems as if the reality of my situation has settled in and with it the realization that I just can't enjoy what I used to. So, to cheer myself up I have plans.
First, I am going to try to make my pumpkin roll recipe for Thanksgiving using gluten-free flour (I like Pamela's best). I have hope that it will be as good as the original.
Second, I am going to make my grandma's fudge sometime in December. This is the first year without my grandmother (she died at almost 98 earlier this year) and I think she would be happy to know that I am going to try making her fudge which is naturally gluten-free of course!
Finally, I am going to ask Santa for a better attitude about the whole thing. I am grateful for living gluten-free in today's world with so many really good options available and so at this Thanksgiving table I am going to say "thank you" for that and so much more!
Gluten-Free Dining and Foods
- Abrusci's (gluten free Italian menu) Applewood
- Basil Docs (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Beau Jo's (gluten free pizza and beer) Multiple Locations
- Big Bill's Pizza (gluten free pizza) Centennial
- Blue Bonnet (gluten free menu) Denver
- Blue Sky Cafe (gluten free bread, pancakes, more) Lakewood
- Bonefish (gluten free menu w/ flourless brownie!) Multiple Locations
- California Pizza Kitchen (gluten free pizza)
- City O'City (gluten free pizza & bread) Denver
- French Press (gluten free "petal" wraps) Lakewood
- Le Central (gluten free bread and it's yummy!) Denver
- Noodles and Company (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Olive Garden (gluten free penne) Multiple Locations
- Oven, The (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Panzano (gluten free menu & chef) Denver
- PF Chang's (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Rheinlander Bakery (gluten free baked goods) Arvada
- Rioja Denver (gluten free desserts) Denver
- Romano's Italian Restaurant (gluten free pizza) Littleton & Highlands Ranch
- Skinny Crisps Crackers
- Snooze (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Sweet Tomatoes (lots of non-gluten food choices) Multiple Locations
- The Bundt Shoppe (gluten free cake) Castle Pines
- The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Udi's Cafe (gluten free pizza and sandwiches) Multiple Locations
- Virgilio's Pizzeria (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Watercourse Foods (a few gluten free options but no bread) Denver
- Whole Foods (a whole section of gluten free items)
- Yard House (gluten free menu) Lakewood