Friday, November 17, 2006


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The family and I will be gearing up for some Thanksgiving festivities here shortly. There are two things I like about Thanskgiving; one is cooking for family and friends, and the other is (no surprise here) that we party! And when there's a party that usually means dancing, so you can guess what I'll be doing come Thursday evening after I take my tryptophan-induced nap. This is a good thing, because I'll need some physical activity to burn off all the stuffing and pies that will no doubt be part of our family's celebration.

My husband's not really a turkey fan (sacrilege!), but his mom typically makes his favorite dish of hers, which is arroz con gandules. It's yellow rice with pigeon peas; the dish includes ham, onions, peppers, garlic--you know, typical Pilgrim fare. A Puerto Rican family's Thanksgiving dinner really isn't complete without it. And you thought mashed potatoes were the only way to go, huh? Did I forget to mention that the dish is gfcf? And my kids love it. Okay, I love it too--and nobody cooks it as well as my mother-in-law does (Sorry Mom).


OneCraftySAHM said...

Ok. So, I just love reading your blog. I find it so interesting. You have to tell me what started your gfcf lifestyle!

Flamenco Mom said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment, and thanks for asking about the diet.

My daughter, who just turned 9, was diagnosed with autism about 5 years ago. We started to do some research and with that research, and with the guidance of a friend who has a child with similar food intolerances, we decided to try this diet.

My daughter responded amazingly well to the diet; it basically helps keep some of her behaviors under control (you tend to see many obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors in kids with autism). Also, many children with the disorder have gastro-intestinal issues similar to those people with Celiac Disease, Krohn's Disease and the like. We found that once we eliminated these things from Zoe's diet that many of the stomach issues she had began to disappear. We've been feeding Zoe this way ever since.

My husband, son, and I also eat many of the same foods she does (for the sake of convenience and my sanity), though we do have some foods here that are off-limits to my daughter. I try to find or make as many acceptable substitutes for her as I can.

Anonymous said...

Great pic! never heard of pigeon peas. What are they? My adopted daughter (adopted at age five and is 27 now) is coming for Thanksgiving and since we helped her reunite with her birth relatives we now know she is Native American, Polish, AND Puerto Rican. Maybe I should try the recipe you mention. Star might get a kick out of it. I will let you know.

Flamenco Mom said...

Pigeon peas are a bean, though they look somewhat similar to green peas. They can be purchased dry or canned. You can find them canned in the Latin foods section of your market. I'll post the recipe for it this weekend, in case your interested in trying it.

Eren said...

We have similar "Thanksgiving" with my DH's Mexican family...gotta love paella! Can yo recommend a good GF cookbook? DH is tired of the same ol' same ol' and Im looking to add a few new things to my cooking routine! Love the blog!

Flamenco Mom said...

Hi Eren! There are two gf cookbooks that I use often. One is "Special Diets for Special Kids" by Lisa Lewis. The other is "Cooking Free" by Carol Fenster.

Many of the other cookbooks I own are not specifically written to be gluten-free, but have gf recipes simply because the cuisine doesn't rely heavily on those ingredients. Also, the newer editions of "The Joy of Cooking" contain recipes for some gf items, which you may find helpful.