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...]

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Thanksgiving week continues.....have I mentioned I'm bad at math?  If I went and counted the posts I had for Thanksgiving Week before proclaiming said "Thanksgiving Week",  I would have noticed it exceeded the number of days in a normal week.  So, this is Thanksgiving Week, the sequel.  And this week is the best because it contains sausage....and stuffing.  And sausage in stuffing!  Which is even better. My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing....because I love bread....and … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole with Cornflake Pecan Crust

Sweet Potato Casserole with Cornflake Pecan Crust

This is not the sweet potato casserole I remember growing up.  The one I recall was a mixture of buckets of brown sugar and butter with whole canned yams....I'm assuming they were canned....and topped with marshmallows.  I know a lot of people are die hard lovers of the mini marshmallow topped yams but I'm not one of them.  To be honest, I don't think I ever tried that version because it just looked like it would make my teeth hurt....from the sweetness.  You know what I'm saying?  I may be … [Read more...]

Country Mashed Potatoes

Country Mashed Potatoes

I absolutely hated mashed potatoes when I was a kid.  Probably because of the white, tasteless goo that was served at school lunches.  Because of that I refused to eat them anywhere, even at home which was another battle.  My house was part of the clean plate club.  You didn't leave the table until you ate your entire meal....there were starving children in Africa.  And it was not a restaurant.  You ate the dinner that mom made that night, she was not making Jonathan chicken nuggets, meatloaf … [Read more...]

Cheesy Spinach Gratin

Cheesy Spinach Gratin

I don't know about you but my favorite part about Thanksgiving dinner is the sides.  Growing up, my family Thanksgiving gatherings were more of a potluck because there were so many of us.  This meant there was always a ridiculous buffet of anything and everything.  I DO love a great dessert but I always gorged myself on so many sides that I never had room left to try any of the desserts.  And believe me...that table was overflowing with goodness as well.  But once you unbutton your pants....it's … [Read more...]

Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Citrus and Herb Butter Roast Turkey

This is the lazy person's turkey.  I say this because brining a bird is such a mess and you MUST plan ahead AND you have to be sure the turkey is kept at the right temperature so it doesn't contract any nasty organisms.  With all the other details you need to worry about on Thanksgiving....sometimes it's best to keep it simple. Simple being....mixing up a citrus and herb butter concoction in a cereal bowl and smearing it all over the turkey...over AND under the skin. (Under the skin is very … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Turkey

I'm kicking off Thanksgiving Week at the Soapbox today by giving you a mini Thanksgiving Survival Guide.  I hosted Thanksgiving for my family for several years and learned some of the rules lessons I'm about to share the hard way.  If you find yourself in a bind....crack open a beer, uncork a bottle of wine and double fist those puppies! 1. To brine or not to brine....does it really matter?  To me, it doesn't.  I've brined birds and I've just thrown them in the oven...I don't really see … [Read more...]

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Icebox Cake

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Icebox Cake

All summer long I planned to make an icebox cake.  If you're unfamiliar with an icebox cake let me just say this....impressive NO BAKE layer cake.  No bake!  Perfect summer dessert, no? I had several varieties planned to test and it just didn't happen.  I think I just had too many great ideas that I got overwhelmed and before I knew it the summer was gone.  So I bought a box of ginger snaps because....well, it's fall and that's what you do, besides consuming large quantities of Pumpkin Spice … [Read more...]