Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Foto: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you had a wonderfully gluten-free holiday yesterday (and that you're thoroughly enjoying leftovers today...). It's an interesting time to be thankful in the Bronski household, where we're torn between conflicting emotions and experiences. Having recently moved from Colorado to New York:

1. We're thankful to be closer to family and friends on the East Coast, but we miss our friends and gluten-free network in the Rockies. (Thanks to everyone who came to our gluten-free Thanksgiving yesterday, where the GF menu included pigs in a blanket, mostones, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, stuffing, brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie, Dutch applie pie, and oodles of cupcakes...)
2. We're thankful for the access we had to gluten-free foods, ingredients and services in Boulder, but lament the current challenges we face sourcing those same ingredients. (We can sympathize much more with what some of you have shared with us in terms of difficulty finding what you need...our weekly grocery shop currently requires us to visit three different stores. Grrr...)
3. We're thankful for you, our No Gluten, No Problem readers, but regret that we've been so busy lately - especially with the forthcoming cookbook - that we haven't been able to blog more frequently.

Today's Friday Foto is a window into our world, and what we've been up in recent days and weeks. It's a pumpkin spice cupcake with cinnamon whipped cream. Beyond the flavor and texture, which we're over the moon for, it's seasonally appropriate. In fact, the pumpkins and gourds I used to stage the photo now grace the mantle above our fireplace as I write these words.

So now, if you'd do me the favor, please leave a comment and let us know what you're thankful for, and how you celebrated this GF Thanksgiving holiday.

- Pete


*Kat* said...

I had my first gluten-free Thanksgiving, and I'm happy to report that it went very well! I made stuffing using my family recipe and a loaf of gluten-free bread, and it tasted PERFECT. I made my own turkey (since my folks stuff theirs with regular stuffing) and found a package of gluten-free gravy. But the BEST part was a recipe for chocolate/pumpkin mini pies (made in muffin pans) that I found on a blog, and converted using Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour. They were delicious and a hit with my entire family.

So, this Thanksgiving I am thankful for blogs and all the recipes, guidance and inspiration they have provided me over the months :) I can't wait for your cupcake book!

Debbie said...

I am first and foremost thankful for my husband. We had a very subdued Thanksgiving at the nursing home with my mother-in-law—which made me thankful for a host of things: good health, my home, my ability to eat what I choose, again my husband.

And while I could list a host of other things, I will simply end this with being thankful for inspirational blogs (like this one!), internet companies I can order GF foods from, and a supportive husband in this GF journey. :)

Claudette said...

It was my first gluten-free Thanksgiving too, complete with dressing, GF pumpkin pie, and rolls made from Chebe, which my whole family was fascinated by and loved to pieces. We had to nearly double the seasonings because my family was used to dried-out overseasoned Pepperidge Farms croutons. But other than that, it was good to walk away from the table and not feel sick.

Melissa said...

I see that I am one of several having their first GF Thanksgiving. We had a huge feast completely GF.

Thankful for the many blessings God pours into my life each and every day of the year! Family, freedom and the ability to cook for my family the GF foods that we need to eat. Also, thankful for all the resources like "No Gluten, No Problem" that have helped me in my GF journey

Mrs. Jones said...

This was our fourth GF/sugar free Thanksgiving; we have changed the menu each year, but enjoyed our cornbread stuffing and stuffed mushrooms especially this time round. Our big secret, since we are a bit short on the kitchen space for Artisinal pie crusts, is Whole Foods crusts (shhh).
We are thankful for supportive family who travelled to be with us this holiday.

proseandkahn said...

Great photo! My mouth is watering. Now where would I find the recipe? Is it in your cookbook?


Judy said...

I was just diagnosed with Celiac a few weeks before Thanksgiving. So it was a really new experience for me. Went well but I have a lot to learn about gluten free food. Texture is an issue with me on a lot of foods gluten free or not... I just purchased your cookbook and can't wait to get it. I've always been the family/friends cook and baker. I can't wait to try some GOOD gluten free recipes out on them.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had an amazing feast! I hope the transition to the east coast grows easier for you guys!

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful! I'm still obsessing over my pumpkin cheesecake and cranberry cider sauce!

I am very thankful for all my family and friends, who are gracious taste-testers. I have the greatest husband, who even helped with all the piles of dishes I had leftover from Thanksgiving! I have a warm home, more than I need, a good job, and I'm happy with my life! Life is definitely good!

theMom said...

I'm a little slow on the pick up, but this year, besides all the many many things I could list, I'm thankful for modern domiciles.

I've been thinking a lot this winter about how glad I am that I can be warm when I'm inside. It is not a perpetual struggle just to keep the fires burning. For the most part, we don't need to stack straw bales along the foundation of our homes. We don't have to huddle near the stove. And although, much to my kids' chagrin, I try to keep the less lived in areas of the house cooler than the public areas, those areas are still warmer than I remember my Grandma's bedrooms being.

Hope you are all well. You're missed. But I know it's for a good cause. :-) Cupcakes!

Lori-Ann said...

That cupcake looks so yummy!!! Can't wait for your new cookbook!!! I am very thankful for my wonderful husband and family and friends! And also very thankful to your blog! I love opening my email and seeing it pop up so I can read something interesting and very educational! Thank you Thank you!!!!

Oh, and congrats on the move! Enjoy all the family and friends being close! :-)