Butter Brickle Ice Cream Dessert

 Another recipe from our Canadian Thanksgiving is here! I know I gushed about how thankful we are for our NYC family, but that in no way means I didn’t miss my own family over the holiday weekend. It is an exciting time for my most precious people.  One of my best friends/maid of honour (who is married to my cousin) is expecting their second babe any minute now. There are more pregnancies and brand new babies for some of my most cherished friends and family. My brother just got engaged (and KILLED the Victoria Half marathon). So there is so, so much to celebrate right now.  So to make me feel a little closer to home I tried to emulate my Aunt’s fantastic Thanksgiving feast the best I could. That includes my all time, hands down favourite holiday dessert-Butter Brickle.  You can keep your pumpkin pies and apple cobblers, I am all about this ice creamy treat. Enjoy! Continue reading “Butter Brickle Ice Cream Dessert”

Canadian Thanksgiving in NYC 3.0: Paleo Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

This is our third Canadian Thanksgiving in New York.  Being expats we have the pleasure of celebrating two Thanksgivings a year like the true gluttons we are.  Each year when the Canadian version of the holiday roles around we wrangle a gaggle of our nearest and dearest Americans and try to make them a touch more Canadian.

In all seriousness though, we are incredibly fortunate to live out a real life Friends episode each and every day.  We have amassed an incredible group of close, dynamic friends who have become our second family. Whether it is big events, or small moments we are truly thankful to be able to walk through this life with them.  Each and every single one enriches us beyond measure in a way even the most eloquent words couldn’t capture. So although it doesn’t fully quell the homesickness of being far away from my traditional family on Thanksgiving, I am glad to have some pretty rad New Yorkers to celebrate the occasion with.

Now on to the food! I switched the menu up a little from last year. Again I strove to meet the gluten-free, vegan,  dairy-free, paleo dietary needs of my guests (with a few very needed exceptions).  Based on the accolades and praise I received, I would say this year’s menu was a gland slam. Today you will find my recipe for Paleo Brocoli and Cauliflower Casserole. But don’t fret in the coming days I will continue to share the new recipes I whipped up for this years event, so keep checking back.  Until then, Happy CANADIAN Thanksgiving to all!

Our Thanksgiving 2015 Menu:

Served 12 with tons of leftovers to spare

  1. Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey
  2. Mushroom-Leek Gluten Free stuffing
  3. Curried Coconut Yam Casserole
  4. Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Pear
  5. Homemade Mushroom Gravy
  6. Paleo Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
  7. Mashed Potatoes
  8. Slow Cooked Mac and Cheese
  9. Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
  10. Buttermilk Biscuits
  11. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Balls
  12. Butter Brickle Ice Cream Dessert
  13. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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