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“Happy Holidays from our family to yours. We wish you a season filled with love and joy. Spend the time to be in the moments and make memories you will cherish for the years to come. Allow yourself to sit and observe, to hear the music, to smile at a stranger and smell the spices of the season.� G F M O M C E R T I F I E D.CO M


Turkey Bone Broth “Here’s a healthy way to use your “after Thanksgiving” Turkey leftovers. Something I used to just throw in the trash! I am amazed by the abundance of nourishment and food that turkey bones offer our families...” Elizabeth Anthony Gronert

Fill a large stock pot with two full antibiotic, hormone and pasture raised/non grain fed turkey carcasses covered with filtered water. Add 1-2 organic medium onions and 4-6 garlic cloves cut into large chunks. Add organic fresh parsley, sage, thyme, bay leaf (or use dried) and carrot greens. For full nutritional benefit use the neck, feet, and organs. If turkey parts are unavailable, use chicken parts for the added nutrition and collagen.

Cook the turkey carcasses for 1-2 hours till the remaining meat will fall off the bone. Remove the meat and carcass from the stock pot.

Place on a cutting board to cool. Retrieve the meat for soup and future meals. Cut meat into soup size chunks then place in a container in the refrigerator. Place everything else back into the pot to cook (skin, tendons, fat, cartilage and bones.) Whenever possible, we purchase or grow organic produce. When something starts to go soft, where it may not be enjoyed fresh anymore, place in a BPA-free container in freezer. Add vegetables from freezer or fridge that need to be used (another reason I call this broth garbage soup!) Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover and simmer on low. Our family preference is the smell and taste of poultry broth cooked a total of 8 to 10 hours. Refer to your pressure cooker or Instant Pot directions for one carcass and quicker cooking times! After the total 8-10 hour cooking time, let the hot stock pot cool for a bit. Place an empty large stock pot in


the sink with a colander on top (pot under the colander must be large enough to catch all the liquid from the stock pot that has been cooking.) Carefully pour the contents through the strainer-the bones, organ meat and vegetable parts will be caught by the colander with the nutrient dense bone broth going through into the pot below. Discard of the bones, skin, cartilage and veggies caught in the colander. Refrigerate the pot of bone broth till cold–I place in the fridge overnight. Turkey broth when refrigerated will get a layer of heavy fat at the top. While cold, the fat is easily scooped

away with a spatula or flat spoon. This turkey bone broth is ready to use for sauces, gravies, cooking vegetables, potatoes, rice, or making soups. To save broth for later: Freeze the broth one cup at a time in container or freezer bag. Place broth in ice cube trays. Once frozen you can place the cubes in a freezer container. Simply add a cube or two when making veggies, potatoes, rice or other side dish to boost nourishment! Broth may be canned with proper sterilization procedures. Bone broth made this way adds wonderful flavor and loads of nutrition to your meal.

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to make the most out of your holiday mini session

When scheduling a mini session, you want to get the most out of them. They are built to be quick, fun, and interactive to get some great photos for whatever the occasion is. This time of year winter and holiday sessions are extremely popular, so here are some tips on how to make them stress free.

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Once you schedule, start planning your outfits. Pick looks that make sense for your kids or families overall style, but will also look cohesive in the session’s setting. Textured items like knit sweaters, corduroy, and nubby hats always look cute for a wintery feel. When it comes to pattern, having some is recommended, but don’t go over the top. Always ask your photographer for help if you feel lost, or this is not your strength.

Ask your photographer if there is anything special you need or want to bring. Sometimes I have clients bring items that are special to them or their own coffee mugs to have a ‘cozy’ extra prop. Especially right now, families bringing their own little touch to their sessions is super fun, adds a twist, and makes your photos even more unique.

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Prepare to get a good night’s rest the evening before, lay out everything you need, and talk to the kids about what to expect for the session. Depending on their age, let them know they will be meeting someone new, even show a picture if it helps. Talk to them about the fact that you will be doing pictures and what they might expect to see when they get there (set look, etc). It can be overwhelming to expect a kid to walk into a new situation of fun things and expect them to not want to explore. Another reason why my sessions are interactive!

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Relax! As adults, we are stuck on getting the ‘perfect picture.’ The more you hone in on this the harder it is for you to look and feel natural. This will then transpire to the kids as well. Come in just looking to enjoy the experience and have some fun, and I guarantee that you will love the outcome of your photos and how you look in them.

Mini Sessions are a great way to get photos that celebrate you, your family, or a special occasion. If you are looking to book a mini session for the winter or holiday season, contact Megan Holly at meganhollyphotos.org or .


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“Hearts Do Matter” by Anita Myers, Illustrations by Yury Borgen Author Anita Myers presents you an illustrated book for all ages, designed to share the celebration of life spent with her mother, and the love that exists after life. This book is designed to lift your heart to appreciate the time spent with someone you loved. Whether you’ve been grieving for years or just this year, consider this simple heart-lifting book of a true story for your collection. Make it a thoughtful gift this holiday season for someone you know.

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Chef Megan’s Holiday Survival Guide What is it about the holidays that has us so unwrapped into a frenzied state of mind when we work so hard to stay between the navigational lines for the rest of the year? A healthy holiday strategy can be much easier that you think. Start now and your New Years resolutions will already be in place. EAT REAL FOOD. The holidays don’t care that you are trying to stay between those navigational lines so fill up with real food like sweet potatoes and fiber filled foods before you go party up. Keeping your regular mindful eating schedule is the best way to ease through the holidays. LIMIT YOUR SUGARS. How many folks get holiday cookies made for you? Resist! Stick to your low sugar consumption plan and perhaps they won’t stick with you in the new year! You know what they taste like so have one or two, not the whole plate. Besides, holiday sweets can be really overrated with once a year baker still using last year’s ingredients. COUNT YOUR COCKTAILS AND MAKE THEM COUNT. Know that each tipsy beverage will weaken your resolve to choose healthier options so alternate with some fizzy water. Garnish your sparkling water

with fresh lemon or lime and you will fit right in at any party. Keep your party picture face on point so you won’t end up on your friend’s social media feed when you didn’t look so “awake.” BREATHE IN AND OUT FULLY WITH MINDFULNESS EACH DAY. 10 minutes a day make you a better person. 4 counts in and 6 counts out. See, you are feeling better already. Your family and friends would rather have your beautiful relaxed self than a frenzied vacuumed living room if that is your breaking point. SEND HOLIDAY CARDS and express yourself through classic handwriting and mailing avenues instead of social media. Let’s keep cool traditions that don’t fill the belly but can fill your heart and soul. Please mail me one while you are at it. Now get on that sleigh and have yourself a merry little holiday! Cheers! CHEF MEGAN Healthy Eating 101 Founder & Chef


Roasted Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup INGREDIENTS 1 butternut squash, halved and roasted 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil, warmed and divided ¼ sea salt Fresh cracked pepper 1-2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1-2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 2 small ripe pears, peeled and diced 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock 1 cup coconut milk ½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted Fresh thyme DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400⁰. Slice butternut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Brush halved butternut squash with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Place on lined sheet pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until soft. When roasted, let cool slightly and remove the flesh from the peel. In sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes before adding diced pear and cook for additional 2 minutes until soft. Place shallot/pear mixture with roasted squash in high powered blender and add chopped ginger, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Sea salt and pepper to taste.Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh thyme to serve. Recipe by Healthy Eating 101 Chef Megan McCarthy


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates

Makers and Artisans

Growing up with a mom who was a seamstress was a huge blessing. I did not always see it this way. Looking back I remember the needle stabbing my finger, and the time I got my finger in the sewing machine needle and mom had to use the seam ripper to loosen my finger’s skin from the foot pedal. Over time I went from simple hand stitching to making full quilts. My mom taught me the best gift comes from the heart. I remember making pillows for friends and scented satchels, along with baby quilts for friends. Today when I pull out my sewing machine it is to make the girls Halloween costumes or for holiday gifts. We have made aprons, quilts, capes and more. The blessing of knowing how to sew, I now realize was not given to everyone. This past Fall I began to teach Franki how to use the sewing machine. She is now 9 years old. We made a Scottish skirt together for one of her homeschool project when she was learning about Tartan patterns.  As a mom who has kids with allergies and even a few nut allergies, I value sewing and craft gifts even more. When Lillie was diagnosed with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts, I soon realized the danger of

holiday gifts made with food. Celiac is not normally an instant death if you accidentally encounter gluten thankfully, although over time it is a painful one. With peanuts and other nuts, a child can go from normal to dead in 30 seconds. This creates a big source of anxiety over the holidays as friends and neighbors bring homemade gifts of cookies and candies to our home. I see this as another reminder of the blessing of learning to sew. Even a simple finger puppet or fun pillow can be enjoyed by all the kids. My girls love flip sequins now, which gave us the perfect idea to make our little sewn creations with sequin eyes or even belly patches. A bit of holiday magic to each creative project making them unique.  I was super excited to find Maja and SewToys this year on Instagram. Her patterns are easy to follow and adorable. They instantly reminded me of the girl’s years in Montessori school. We are making the Teddy Bear Pillows for our friend this holiday season and will not then need to read ingredients or ask if they have any new allergies this year.


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Bath Bombs INGREDIENTS 1 cup baking soda ½ cup arrowroot powder ½ cup citric acid 1/2 cup pink himalayan salt, fine ¼ tsp beetroot powder, optional 21/2 tsps grapeseed or apricot kernel oil 15 drops peppermint essential oil 5 drops rosemary essential oil 1 tsps dried rosemary sprigs 1 to 2 tsps witch hazel or water, as needed DIRECTIONS Add baking soda, arrowroot powder, citric acid, and pink himalayan salt to large glass mixing bowl. Whisk to blend and remove any clumps. Add optional beetroot powder for color. Next, pour grapeseed oil and each drop of essential oils into a separate, small glass bowl. Stir to combine. Then slowly pour wet ingredients into dry mixture, whisking as you go. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, slow down. After mixing the bowl of wet ingredients into dry mixture, scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should stick together

and hold it’s shape. If the mixture is too dry and powdery, add a ½ teaspoon of witch hazel or water. Then mix well and test again. Repeat until you have the correct consistency. Once the bath bomb mixture is ready, place a pinch of dried rosemary sprigs in the base of a silicone tray mold. Fill each opening in the silicone mold to the top. Allow to dry uncovered 8 hour or overnight. Once dry, gently release bath bombs onto a soft flour sack towel. Store in a dry place or container until use. Yields: 12 - 3 to 4 oz bath bombs.

*Created by natural living Author Kristy Doubet Haare, find more creative recipes at lifenreflection.com and in her fan favorite book Holiday Essential Oil Gift Making.


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Potato Latkes Recipe provided by Jen Cafferty

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees and the miracle of rededication and light. Upon reentry of their destroyed Temple, the Maccabees found there was only enough oil to light the menorah (lamp) for one day – but miraculously, that small amount of oil lasted for eight days, which is also how long it took to get new oil. In honor of that miracle, the celebration of Hanukkah lasts eight days Jews symbolically fry latkes (potato pancakes) in oil. Jewish or not, everyone seems to enjoy potato pancakes, especially when they are fresh, hot, and crispy, right out of the pan!


INGREDIENTS 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 large egg (egg replacer), lightly beaten 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 250°F. Peel potatoes and coarsely grate. Combine the drained grated potatoes and chopped onion. Gently toss to combine. Spread the potato and onion mixture onto a kitchen towel and roll it up so the mixture is inside the towel. Twist tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat. The oil should be hot but not smoking.  Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce the heat to medium and fry until undersides are browned about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until the other side is browned, about 5 minutes more.  Place 3 layers of paper towels on a dinner plate or platter. Transfer latkes to the plate and allow the paper towels to absorb the oil. Season with salt.  Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in the oven. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream. Makes 12-16 latkes

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for a Healthy Holiday

Winter brings cooler temperatures to the Northern Hemisphere along with snow and damper weather. The extra moisture in the air can be a perfect condition for additional colds and viruses to spread. We also begin to wear coats, scarfs and hats which we hang with other’s winter gear on coat racks sharing germs. My grandmother used to say bundle up so you don’t catch a chill. Her advice was a good one for many reasons. Our body when warm will actually kill of any cold or virus bugs internally. This is the reason our own natural immune system produces a temperature. In the world of holistic healing we let the temperature go un-medicated until it reaches 103 degrees, to allow the body to naturally fight off the illness.  There are natural spices which warm the body and help us maintain a boosted immune system over the winter months. Spices include cinnamon, cardamon, licorice and Ashwaganda.  Licorice root tea has a sweet tea flavor perfectly suited for the winter months. Imagine curling up with your favorite book and a warm cup of sweet licorice root tea?   For a cough or runny nose, there are few natural remedies that have worked over the centuries and still work today in the modern world. Honey

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for example is naturally antiviral along with helping coat the throat to lessen coughing and soreness. Mary Poppins sang about a spoonful of sugar, but perhaps should have sang about a spoonful of honey instead! 

Another trick of our grandparents that is still part of Ayurvedic practices is to rub your chest with sesame oil to help relieve a cough and remove the cold from our lungs. Black pepper, turmeric, licorice and eucalyptus are all spices to reach for to help with respiratory issues. Even a warm cup of golden milk or turmeric tea can be a remedy to get you through the day when you have a bit of a heavy chest. We cannot forget the importance of healthy, nutrient dense foods. The key is to get quality energy from your food to help maintain your innate immune system. Root vegetables along with greens and healthy grains are the best choices. These foods have long acting carbohydrates to give our immune systems energy, along with phytonutrients to benefit our cells.


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INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cup coconut milk 1 1/2 cup plant based milk (almond is best) 1 tsp drink Resilience Turmeric 1/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tbs Dr Bronner coconut oil 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 tbs maple syrup DIRECTIONS Mix all together in a small pot. Heat over medium heat while whisking until small bubbles form on sides of pan. Careful not to over heat. Makes 2 servings.

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by Julie M. Gentile

The moment I woke up this morning, I placed my hand on my heart and silently repeated three things I’m grateful for, just as I do to greet every morning. Hello, heart. A few moments later, I arrive on my yoga mat, which lays like a rug in front of my bed, to ground my feet. Hello, body. After a few simple yoga poses, I make my way to a comfortable seated position and gently close my eyes. I observe my breath and practice a breathing exercise. Hello, mind. I follow this breath work with a simple meditation. Hello, spirit.

Have you ever experienced a feeling of inner knowing? That’s your thirdeye wisdom, and if you listen, it can sew together a mind-gut connection to help you trust yourself more so that you can go with your gut confidently.

This is all before I open my bedroom door in the morning, and it takes less than 10 minutes. Minutes that connect me with my heart, body, mind and spirit. Minutes well spent on self-care, especially during this time of navigating great change. This morning practice helps me connect with my intuition, which strengthens my trust in my gut instincts on and off the mat. Since I began practicing yoga in 2008, it has been an integral part in deepening my intuition. Chakras— invisible spinning energy fields along the spine—are often referenced in yoga. Ajna, the third-eye chakra, located between the eyebrows, is the seat of intuition.

Tapping into my intuition led me to awareness that I had sensitivities to gluten and dairy. A few years ago, I began to track my symptoms after eating everyday former staples, such as whole grain pasta and Greek yogurt. I recognized that the bloating and abdominal discomfort when I ate these foods were signs of a gluten and dairy sensitivity. My gut feeling that something was off was right. Once I replaced gluten and


dairy with more plant-based foods, I felt better. Lean into your inner wisdom with intuition-boosting self-care practices. Connect heart with body, body with mind, and mind with spirit. Allow your intuitive wisdom to guide you to go with your gut instincts. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Julie M. Gentile is a yoga teacher and author of the award-winning book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas and How to Stay Calm in Chaos: An Everyday Self-Care Guide. She is also creator of the Stand-Up for Your Self-Care blog and Stand Up for Your Self-Care YouTube Channel. Connect on Instagram and Facebook @JulieGtheYogi and find self-care resources at www.JulieGtheYogi.com.

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Popcorn Balls INGREDIENTS 6 cups organic popped popcorn 1/4 cup honey 1 tbsp butter (divided) Seasoning to taste

DIRECTIONS Melt butter into honey in a small saucepan until honey forms small bubbles. Let cook for about a minute until you get a slightly caramelized honey. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Allow to cool slightly. Then pour evenly over popcorn in a casserole dish. Mix gently. Rub hands with some butter and grab a handful of popcorn and press together firmly but gently. Don’t move hands too much or the pieces will “break” away and have nothing sticky to “stick” to. We learned this the hard way. Gently place balls into a cupcake liner and allow to harden into a firmer ball. Put into a treat back and tie closed to prevent popcorn getting stale until you gift it. Because these are made with honey they won’t have that rock hard, tooth-breaking adhesion. You may find some balls want to come loosely apart, which is where the cupcake liner helps hold them together. Enjoy within the next few days for best freshness.


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage

Meet the Hintons by Tiffany Hinton

I understand that the holidays can be hard for many. As a child my family experienced many hard Christmas seasons. The Savings and Loan crash took a toll on our family farm and we lost everything. I remember moving in with my grandparents for several years as my parents navigated a way forward. I look back now and treasure the time spent with my grandmothers. We lived with my Dad’s parents when I was in 1st grade, and later moved in with my Mom’s parents when I was in 4th grade. The idea of giving from the heart a gift created with love was instilled in my soul at a very young age. Both grandmothers taught me it is more powerful to give at the holiday season than to receive. I fondly remember that my Grandma Tippey would take us to the flea market or a local auction to buy mismatched china plates to use for our Christmas cookie platters. We would take turns spending time with Grandma in the kitchen making cookies, and then gather together to place the varieties of cookies on the china plates. I can remember her wrapping them in plastic wrap and adding a sticky bow to the top. Then we would walk the plates around to the neighbors and church ladies to wish them a Merry Christmas. The love was felt more deeply than any store bought gift every could. These ladies knew the time and love that went into making the cookies, and the china plate was a gift they could keep to serve afternoon treats to their grandkids that held a memory of love. Once again this year, we are inviting a tiny group of friends to help us create Christmas cookies to share with loved ones.

Tiffany has shared all the traditional cookie recipes from her grandmother in Santa’s Gluten Free Cookie plate, which has 25 recipes of timeless traditional and allergen sensitive cookies. Available on Amazon by visiting https://amzn.to/33dt8fa


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Meet the Hintons

by Will Hinton, Jr

I consider it a true blessing to have had years of time, learnings and meals with both grandmothers and two of my great-grandmothers. I am so grateful for the lessons, prayers, and recipes that each poured into me. One of our humble contributions to our heritage was to name our children after those powerful women who made us who we are. I pray for the opportunity to spend such time with my great-grandchildren. We affectionately addressed Great-Grandma Lillie Hinton as Mama-Dear. Here in her Indiana kitchen having crossed 100 years in age, she bows her head in prayer thanking God for the “food we are about to receive”. Rest in peace Mama-Dear. You live in us! Will Hinton, Jr (Husband, Super-Dad, GF Mom Certified)

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Cinnamon Rolls

INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cups Namaste Gluten-Free Perfect Flour Blend 2 tbs butter ( 2 tbs avocado oil ) 1 tbs sugar 1 egg ( Namaste Egg Replacer ) 1 pkg yeast 200 ml warm water ¼ tsp vanilla

GLAZE 1/4 cup plant based milk 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 tsp almond extract

FILLING 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 3/4 cups crushed walnuts (optional) DIRECTIONS Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat dough ingredients in a medium bowl until dough forms 2–3 minutes. Allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes. Transfer to a floured work surface. Lightly dust top with flour. Roll dough out in a large rectangle. Spread with filling. Carefully roll and cut into 1 1/2 inch pinwheels. Set in greased pie pan. Loosely cover pan with a kitchen towel. Let rolls rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, approximately 45 minutes. Arrange a rack, in middle of oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Bake about 50 minutes. Rotate pan halfway through baking and tent with foil if browning too quickly, until buns are golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes. Spoon remaining glaze over. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve buns warm or at room temperature. NAMASTE GLUTEN-FREE PERFECT FLOUR BLEND This flour blend is well, just about perfect! Substitute one cup of our Perfect Flour Blend for one cup of wheat flour in your favorite everyday recipes. Now you can make grandma’s famous banana cake gluten free and no one will know!! Discount pricing with Amazon link amzn.to/3it8T1v GF

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Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS 6 oz bacon, diced 2 lbs beef chunks 3 tbs Gluten-free Namaste Perfect Flour Blend 2 yellow onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 4 potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (peeled optional) 2 large carrots, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped

1 parsnip, chopped 1 bottle gluten-free beer or 12 oz red wine 1 cup beef bone broth 2 tbs coconut amino 1 tbs dried mushroom 2 sprigs thyme 2 sprigs rosemary 2 bay leaves 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS Sprinkle beef with Gluten-free Namaste Perfect Flour Blend, salt and pepper. Set aside. Fry the bacon in dutch oven till done. Remove with slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pan. Generously brown the beef. Add onions and fry until brown, about 10 minutes. Add the beer, deglazing the pan bottom. Return beef, bacon and add veggies along with remaining ingredients to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 2 hours. Â


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Veggie Stew

INGREDIENTS 3 cups onion, chopped 2 1/4 cups carrots, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 4 cups fresh portobello mushrooms, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups peeled white potatoes, chopped

1/3 cup tomato paste 1 tbs Italian seasoning 2 tsp paprika or Indian Rasam powder 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 1/2 cup frozen peas 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS In a Dutch oven cook onions, carrots, and celery with 1 tablespoon water over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring frequently and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Stir in mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently and adding water as needed. Stir in potatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow. Stir in rosemary. Cook, covered, 5 minutes more or until carrots and potatoes are tender. Transfer 2 cups of the mixture to a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Return to Dutch oven. Stir in parsley. 

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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage

by Anna Marie Imbordino

I feel blessed to have been raised in an immigrant family, who still practices what we consider “old country” Meditteranean traditions during the holidays. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, and when I say time of year, in my culture we really mean it. Christmas celebrations for us span from December 24th to January 6th; a tradition connected to the Catholic Epiphany. To my surprise, my family still holds true to many historical Catholic practices during the holiday season most notably the Festa dei sette pesci or La Vigilia commonly called The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes served up

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as courses. These come in the form of soups, pasta dishes, appetizers and entrées. The abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. La Vigilia commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. A true feast of a meal, our families spread consisted of baccalà (salted cod fish), calamari in tomato sauce, Insalata di mare (seafood salad), Linguine with anchovy, clam, lobster, or crab sauce, marinated or fried eel, octopus salad, and oyster shooters to name a few. Some in our family have shellfish allergies, some have gone vegan (to my Nonna’s dismay!), and our family has learned to evolve the feast to include dishes that are more allergen and vegan friendly. We have added lentil stuffed bell peppers, pasta primavera, and turkey to our Christmas Eve feasts. Buon Natale, Anna Marie Imbordino


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage

by Elizabeth Anthony Gronert

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Being first generation American, my holidays always looked quite different than what I saw on television or in magazines. My mother was half Swedish and half Norwegian, my father was German, and we celebrated a Northern European style holiday. Our start to any holiday meal would be wine-marinated herring with fresh dill, boiled potatoes, and soft-boiled egg. Plus, there were alcohol pairings depending on the type of herring. Herring is not just for holidays – I keep a jar in the fridge for those times when I need more seafood omega-3 in my diet. We also enjoyed Lingonberry jam instead of cranberry. My mother would share stories of picking lingonberries in the wild and making the jam when she was a little girl out in the Swedish countryside. Lastly, red cabbage and sauerkraut were treats enjoyed during the holidays. A yummy side dish, with added health benefits! But it was not a holiday at our home without the meatballs. My mother had an incredibly special recipe and when we brought a plate to pass – people always asked for Nellie’s meatballs. She felt that it was the kneading of the raw meat with breadcrumbs, egg and seasonings that made the noticeable difference. Then cooked in butter with plenty of onions. When I was in college, my father began making his traditional meatballs every holiday. Meatballs in a tangy sauerkraut sauce. His meatballs became legend! Since my father passed-away, we have been sure to make his meatballs when we get together. Food aromas and flavors are such a gift that bring back so many wonderful memories. Today, I recreate both my parents’ meatball recipes. Now using organic grass-fed and pasture raised ground meat. I make breadcrumbs (and cubes for stuffing) from gluten or grain-free breads and other food modifications as guests need. But I do offer a gravy with my Swedish meatballs! God Jul and Happy Holidays, Elizabeth Anthony Gronert


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage

by Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz

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I grew up in a middle-class family in Mexico and our whole family was, and still are, traditional Catholics. It’s a beautiful part of our family’s heritage, to celebrate according to the traditions of our faith at Christmas. This celebration is not only for our immediate family, but our large extended family, too. And when we moved to the U.S., we brought those traditions along with us. You can imagine it with me--fun, laughter, loved ones greeting with hugs, people everywhere, enjoying each other and a million conversations all at the same time. Kids are playing games, running around, all excited because “Christmas is here!” There are decorations everywhere, and, of course, a huge Christmas tree with gifts piled all around, lights twinkling, ribbons twisting around it, and ornaments shining. I love a house that is decorated for Christmas, building anticipation for that special day. And then there is the food, all the different dishes smelling incredible, and making you hungry in anticipation. Choosing a favorite is hard, but the Pozole, a hominy soup that is fragrant and absolutely delicious, says Christmas to me along with ponche, a sweet tea made with guava, apples, and cinnamon, all boiled together. That’s not all! There are so many wonderful dishes that go together with that I could never name them all. Everyone enjoys pitching in and bringing their specialty, potluck style. A couple of those include—tamales and atole. Atole is made in many different flavors, including chocolate, strawberry, and my favorite, coconut. No matter how wonderful the food is, or how much fun the family is, there is one tradition that has always been the most important of our celebration, which is always held on Dec. 24. It is called Peregrinación. It is a simulation of the journey Joseph and Mary took while she was pregnant. The family holds lighted candles and spreads through the home with people in every room, doors closed. Then, a couple, dressed in clothes to resemble


that of Joseph and Mary, go to each door singing a cånticos, a song, asking to stay in their home as Mary was about to give birth. As the song goes back and forth between Joseph and Mary and those behind each door, the couple is told no, no, no, until, finally, everyone comes together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The rest of the evening is spent eating our meal, enjoying our time together, and exchanging gifts. We have brought in a modern tradition when it comes to the gifts as Santa arrives to help celebrate as well. Holiday parties are a big part of our family tradition and culture, and we stay up late celebrating, often until well after midnight. It’s not unusual to find the kids snuggled together sleeping at the end of the evening. Christmas Day is a quiet one for us. These traditions are important to us and we are passing those down to our own children, who are old enough now to really enjoy them.


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage by Anita Meyers

“Come on, Anita, come let’s enjoy Christmas together!” That’s my mom. Her inner joy for celebrating always radiated through her eyes and smile. As a practicing Hindu, her cultural and religious celebrations were throughout the year and, honestly, it seemed like a weekly thing. Hinduism is the most ancient religion, vastly cultural, and with so many gods in Hindu mythology. Any time there’s a documented victory in the battle of good and evil, it became a practice to remember them through celebrating. On top of that, she celebrated every good thing that happened to almost anyone and everyone, because why not. Indian celebrations in general involve flowers, oil lamps,

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fragrance in the air and what many outside of the United States call, “sweets.” Most are fried or steamed and made with sugar, milk or condensed milk and fruits. When it came to traditions in the U.S., she’d squeeze one of these types of sweets in along with what the locals would typically eat, and enjoy the time she had with them (the people and the sweets). As I look back and recall what our traditions were like in our home, I don’t believe they were highlighted on certain days like most cultures and religions tend to do. Her traditions were really about celebrating what you can, when you can. When she took notice of the American Christmas tree, she gasped and said, “Oh! Let’s get it and put it up!” My more traditional father would say, “Why?? We’re not Christian?? Or American??” to which she’d reply, “Who cares?! It’s fun! Let’s just do it anyway!


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GF Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage by Anita Meyers

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Let’s be American and put it up!” And as each year went by, if there was a Polish friend who sent her a dessert, a Mexican friend who gave her an ornament, a Greek friend who brought powdered sugar cookies, a Jewish friend who made a noodle kugel, or my father’s co-workers who sent us bottles of Chivas Regal, Crown Royal and Jim Beam, she put everything under the tree. In our Indian tradition, we first give our gifts to God to bless them before we can enjoy anything. Our gifts, according to my mom, were blessings. Representations of “our brothers and sisters who gave something good in our lives.” While the tree didn’t exactly represent God, it represented a gathering place for kind gestures that deserved to be noticed. To her, a tree in real life is a home for animals, a place to shelter people from the rain, the resource to create shelter from its wood, and some provide food for us to enjoy. Trees are a magnificent symbol of life. A great place to celebrate our life’s blessings. My mom and dad have since passed, but I’ve taken her tradition of embracing the Christmas tree as the symbol of the beautiful togetherness we experience in life. My family and I have a “365 Christmas tree,” where we carry on the tradition of celebrating life and our blessings daily.


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