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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. November 18, 2009

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Let's Talk Turkey—A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

Golden Roasted Turkey - Gluten-Free

Shelton Turkeys, Carving a Turkey, Easy GFCF Gravy, Karina's Veggie Loaf, Savory Stuffing, Corn free Cranberry Sauce,Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie GFCF Kids

Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey with Grilled Apples by Bobby Flay

Fusilli with Shrimp and Arugula by Giada De Laurentiis

Thanksgiving First-Time Host Menu

TIP - Dietary Intervention

Research on Dietary Interventions in ASD from TACA


Friends Be True, And Good Health Be Yours During This Thanksgiving Holiday. Wishing You Many Thanks From The Staff At USAAA For Your Continued Support. Happy Holidays.

The following are some recipes and links for your Thanksgiving dinner that address the Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF) diet.


Let's Talk Turkey—A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

Click here for information from USDA on every facet of getting a turkey from the store to the dinner table.

Shelton Turkeys are NEVER fed or administered any antibiotics or artificial growth stimulants at any time. Shelton turkeys have been the standard of excellence since 1924 in Southern California.
Carving a Turkey, By: Allrecipes Staff
While nothing is as impressive as a beautiful, bronzed turkey on the holiday buffet, it's much easier to carve the bird in the kitchen than at the table. These easy-to-follow steps take that turkey from centerpiece perfection to neat slices on your serving platter.
Easy GFCF Gravy
Slowly mix tapioca mixture into broth/scrapings, stirring briskly with a whisk. (If you add the tapioca mix too fast, you'll end up with a gelatinous mess, so be patient!)
Karina's Veggie Loaf
Serves 8, adapted by Ellen A.

Ellen A syas, "Back in '06, I posted a recipe for Karina's Veggie Loaf which I adapted from her blog, Gluten Free Goddess. Tonight I made it again (for probably the umpteenth time!) but with a few more changes. I think I've arrived at what I think is the final and best version, at least for me.


Savory Stuffing
Woggle-Bug's tip: Stuffing can be cooked separately in a large glass casserole dish, but more stock may be needed to replace the moisture that usually comes from the turkey cavity.

Corn free Cranberry Sauce Variations
1. Some people say that no water should be added and that the cranberries should be served with a minimum of juice;

2. others add a little tapioca starch at the end of the cooking time to give a thicker consistency to the sauce; it's a matter of taste!


Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie Source - Whole Foods.
One mother says, "I would replace the soymilk in either one of these recipes with rice, almond or coconut milk!" Another mother says, "substitute coconut milk for evaporated milk, substitute eggs with egg replacer
and use honey in place of sugar."

GFCF Pumpkin Pie with coconut milk milk in the pumpkin pie? I'm totally trying that.


Golden Roasted Turkey - Gluten-Free

Recipe from Whole Foods Market:
This deliciously moist roasted turkey is surprising in its ease of preparation. Exactly what you remember from Thanksgiving dinners of old - only better. While you can prepare this turkey recipe without the brining step, we highly recommend you to give it a try as this process produces wonderfully succulent meat. When set on the table, this beautiful bird is guaranteed to elicit oohs and aahs.

Click here for entire recipe.


Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey with Grilled Apples by Bobby Flay
Thanksgiving on the grill

Robert William "Bobby" Flay is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of five restaurants: Mesa Grill and Bar Americain in New York City; Mesa Grill in Las Vegas; Mesa Grill in Bahamas (Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau); and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Flay has hosted seven Food Network television programs and appeared regularly on an eighth. He has also appeared as a guest on other Food Network shows and hosted a number of specials on the network.

1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for brushing on the turkey
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1 serrano chile, coarsely chopped
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped, plus 2 peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 whole (20 pound) turkey

Click here for entire Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey recipe with Grilled Apples.

Fusilli with Shrimp and Arugula by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond Food Network, but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched food products and recurring role on The Today Show.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup dry white wine
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
12 ounces fusilli pasta
3 cups (packed) fresh arugula, torn in 1/2

Click here for entire Fusilli with Shrimp and Arugula recipe.

Thanksgiving First-Time Host Menu

Turkey - check. Mashed potatoes - check. Apple pie – check. These classics will keep your first Thanksgiving dinner on track. Start with this Garlic, Sage and Fennel Turkey to the right...

Click here for entire article on Thanksgiving First-Time Host Menu.

TIP - Dietary Intervention

"Eliminating the use of certain foods that contain wheat, dairy, glutens, and caseins (a milk protein) has brought about marked improvement in speech and behavior for many children with ASD." (from the book, Diagnosis Autism: Now What?, 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach, by Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, ISBN #0976535661).

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Research on Dietary Interventions in ASD from TACA

  • The following are just some of the abstracts that are included in "Research on Dietary Interventions in ASD."
  • Food Allergy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Is There a Link?
    Dysregulated innate immune responses in young children with autism spectrum disorders: their relationship to gastrointestinal symptoms and dietary intervention.
  • Immune response to dietary proteins, gliadin and cerebellar peptides in children with autism.
  • Heat shock protein and gliadin peptide promote development of peptidase antibodies in children with autism and patients with autoimmune disease.
  • Evaluation of an association between gastrointestinal symptoms and cytokine production against common dietary proteins in children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Spontaneous mucosal lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms: mucosal immune activation and reduced counter regulatory interleukin-10.
  • Mechanisms of non-IgE mediated adverse reaction to common Dietary Proteins (DPs) in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Click here for some abstracts of research done on the link between dietary issues and autism.

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