Spicy Cornbread and Sausage Stuffed Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Turkey Roulade

Don't want to wrestle with a giant bird this holiday? This cornbread stuffed turkey roulade is just as impressive as that whole roasted turkey and much more flavorful. A little heat from the jalapeños hidden in the stuffing and glazed with a sweet and tangy cranberry barbecue sauce, your old Thanksgiving turkey recipe may just get the boot. There's nothing worse than making a 20-pound turkey and then some of your guests don't show. It could be snow...it could be your house is the "B" … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

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Super tart and a little spicy, this salsa will definitely change things up during any holiday or tailgating party.  A great topping on those post-Turkey day sandwiches or just served as a dip with some chips.  Pucker up, my friends! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Foodie by Mode Media.  The Suburban Soapbox will receive compensation for this post. Are you looking for some mouth-watering appetizers for your holiday party?  I rounded up some of my favorites and put them in one … [Read more...]

Vanilla Sugared Cranberries

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Bright red and sparkling, these little beauties belong on every holiday table.  Super simple to make and even simpler to pop in your mouth for a little sweet/tart snack.  They make a stunning garnish to many holiday dishes and cocktails....almost too pretty to eat! I love sparkles....shiny, pretty, glittery things that make me smile.  I'm like a bird, I'm drawn to tinsel, glitter, baubles and sugared cranberries.  I've always had a thing for sugared fruit but always bought the styrofoam … [Read more...]

Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey

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Spicing up Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of flavors....this Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey is full of sweet, spicy flavor and will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  An unexpected twist to the usual roast turkey, you may never go back to your old standby turkey again. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by OXO.  The products used in this post were provided to me by OXO to review, all opinions and statements about the products are my own. We had snow last night. … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]

Apple Pie Layer Cake

Apple Pie Layer Cake | The Suburban Soapbox

Buttery cake layers sandwich a creamy cheesecake and apple pie filling along with crispy pie crust crumbles. A great way to mix up the dessert table this holiday season, this cake has a little something for everyone.   For my last big birthday, I ordered myself a birthday cake.  I was 40....I was doing things my way.  And since we were going to Manhattan for the weekend I figured I would get something I always wanted but never felt like a bazillion dollars just for shipping was … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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No canned soup here, this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is made in 10 minutes flat and is the perfect serving size for an intimate holiday dinner for 4 or less.  Huge family coming for the holiday, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled to accommodate a lot of guests or big appetites! Disclaimer: I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes … [Read more...]

Harvest Chopped Salad with Creamy Cranberry-Shallot Dressing

Harvest Chopped Salad with Creamy Cranberry Shallot Dressing

There's always someone on Thanksgiving that's looking for something "healthy" to eat.  That person is most definitely NOT me.  The more glutinous my meal is that day the more I look forward to not eating for a week afterward.  But to appease the guests that didn't wear stretchy pants to dinner I like to have something for them to enjoy.  And I can enjoy it the next day with my overloaded turkey sandwich. This salad is incredible....and all the ingredients are in season so it's easy to find … [Read more...]

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Easy Cranberry Sauce

For many years, the only cranberry sauce I knew of was the kind shaped like a can.  I LOVED it!  It was like eating jelly out of a jar with a spoon.  I didn't like it ON anything, I never was that person who mixed all their food together and covered every square centimeter of their plate with gravy.  No way.  I was the kid with the divided plate....until I was 30.  I didn't like my food to touch.  I would even shoe it away with my fork if anything looked like it was about to merge with another … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Shield the Bird

Turkey Armor

As you may have noticed in my Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey recipe, I start the roasting process at a sweltering 500 degrees.  This helps sear the skin and lock in all the juices....it also makes the turkey brown at a very rapid speed.  To avoid over browning, or burning for that matter, my bird I construct a bit of armor before sliding it into the oven. The shield is only meant to cover the breast and slow down the cooking process of the breast meat so it doesn't dry out. This gives the … [Read more...]