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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides

For our Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll be cooking my favorite dishes. Many of the recipes are already on this blog, but I just made a few changes to the menu, and I want to share two side dishes with you.

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The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen
I’ve been having lots of fun cooking from my friend Amelia Saltsman’s new cookbook, The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen. This is a warm, personal book, filled with Amelia’s spins on Jewish recipes, often influenced by the intense flavors of Middle Eastern fare. It is organized by the seasons, features fresh produce, and offers fascinating history and family stories. You might remember Amelia from her wonderful The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Cookbook

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Potatoes with Yogurt, Peas, and Basil

This delightfully creamy but not too rich potato recipe has been a favorite since I first made it early this summer. Dutch Yellow Potatoes are steamed with peas, and then tossed with a yogurt, olive oil, and basil sauce. Chunks of briny feta cheese and toasted pine nuts top it off. Served warm, this is satisfying as a meatless main course; it’s also a great side dish at meals featuring grilled salmon, burgers, or chicken, and ideal for Labor Day gatherings.

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Creamy Polenta with Kale and Fried Eggs

This quick and easy gluten-free breakfast recipe is also satisfying for dinner. I like to make it at the end of a busy day when I don’t have time to shop or plan and don’t have much energy left for cooking. The polenta cooks to steaming creaminess in the microwave while I melt a heap of greens until almost tender and then fry eggs in the same skillet until crispy on the edges. For a burst of freshness, serve it with a zesty salsa fresca—herbs and shallot mixed with olive oil.

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Gluten-Free Pancakes with Peaches and Blueberries

These gluten-free pancakes are light and packed with the toasty-sweet flavors of oats and whole grain corn flour. Topped with peaches and blueberries that have been gently simmered in Vermont maple syrup, they are especially suitable for breakfast on a summer weekend. They also happen to contain a good amount of bone strengthening calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D too. 

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