Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I love reasons to gather and eat with people you love, whether they be legitimate holidays or totally made up. We like making up holidays here and gathering friends for what we call “orphan holidays”. Though we are not actually orphans, we’re all transplants far from our families that don’t often get to go back home for minor league holiday (Fetivus for the rest of us!), and Thanksgiving fits the bill. Because of the absence of elder oversight, no parents or grandparents, we use the opportunity to make really random and unconventional foods. The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving have been crazy busy and strangely hectic for us so we’re being a bit lazy and digging through the archives to make our favorites from previous years. Here is a little collection of unconventional Thanksgiving side dishes and a dessert that you’re sure to enjoy! I actually just realized that all of these dishes are vegetarian and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes so they’re pretty great to bring to places where people might have food sensitivities.

ENJOY!!!

all rights reserved Crystal Cartier 2012 COPYRIGHTROASTED KABOCHA SQUASH WITH BURRATA AND LAVENDER HONEY

all rights reserved Crystal Cartier 2012 copyrightWILD RICE STUFFING WITH DRIED CRANBERRIES, PECANS, AND POMEGRANATE SEEDS

all rights reserved Crystal Cartier COPYRIGHT 2012ELEGANT HERBED INDIVIDUAL POTATO GRATINS

all rights reserved Crystal Cartier copyright 2012HONEY CARAMELIZED PEAR WITH YOGURT AND POMEGRANATE

ENJOY!!!

Because I live in the desert, and because here the cool days are peppered with the remaining hot summer days that never really go away, sometimes we still need cold, refreshing beverage options. So between the roasted pumpkin spice lattes, we find ourselves drinking these apple ginger cucumber coolers. If there is a more refreshing beverage than those made of cucumber I have yet to find one. What’s not to love about cucumbers?! Whether thrown on your puffy eyes or into your belly they always satisfy. This is almost a tonic it’s so healthy. The sweetness of the apple, heat of the ginger, and coolness of the cucumber create a lovely balanced beverage.

Cucumber Spa Cooler- copyright Crystal Cartier

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  • 1 big cucumber
  • 1″ knob of fresh ginger
  • 1 large apple
  • fresh water

~ Process cucumber, ginger and apple through a juicer or blend all ingredients and strain through a mesh sieve.

~ Split between two glasses and stir in filtered water to fill any extra space.

~ Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber, if desired.

ENJOY!!

 

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