I know, I know. It’s June and here’s a post about Thanksgiving. What on earth am I thinking?

I’m thinking about my parents, actually. When my parents were still newlyweds, my mother noticed that my father was a spare eater. That was fine with her until they visited a friend’s house and my father scarfed down the food served there like he had been starving for weeks. What food was it? Thanksgiving food, with the turkey and the mashed potatoes, the stuffing and the cranberry. Well, my mother had some pride; she immediately learned how to make Thanksgiving food and then proceeded to serve it frequently, with excellent results. My dad gained some weight and everyone was pleased.

Hearing that story got me thinking about classic American food and how it strikes a unique chord within us. Southern New Englanders line up at clam shacks for fried clams and clam chowder (Boston, New England or Rhode Island style); Southerners proudly serve biscuits, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and sweet potato pie; Hawai’ians cherish their spam musubi; the denizens of Maine wolf down fresh lobster; New Yorkers nosh on bagels; and everyone has their local pizza which is of course the very best pizza in the United States. Is Thanksgiving the one meal we all love equally? In Chicago or Texas, Connecticut or California, I haven’t noticed much of a difference in anything but the stuffing.

So because this is the American cuisine you can serve anytime and expect a positive response, I think it’s fantastic that A Gluten Free Guide has provided a great service by posting a permanent sidebar of videos teaching you how to cook gluten-free Thanksgiving food: turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, and pecan pie. Plus pineapple cheesecake, just for the hell of it. The videos are by myrecipe.com and explained by Catherine Oddenino, who I found quite easy to understand. She mostly doesn’t mention measurements and therefore gives you an idea of how to adjust any recipe you originally have for these foods. The videos are very short; give them a try!

If you’d like more information about making gluten-free Thanksgiving food, try About.com’s page on the subject, Episode 12 of the Hold the Gluten podcast, Book of Yum’s Thanksgiving menu swap, and Simply…Gluten Free’s Thanksgiving recipe page. Treat yourself and your loved ones to some of their favorite American food this summer. Yum yum yum!