Boozy Bread Pudding and a Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway

OK, so maybe this is not really a cocktail for Friday Cocktails but the term boozy is not to be taken lightly. The contribution that bourbon makes to this dish is heady stuff and just a perfect grownup dessert during the upcoming holidays. No matter which ones you celebrate shouldn’t they all simply be called ‘The Holidays of Indulgence?’ This bread pudding works beautifully in that realm!

I have to be honest, there are days when it feels like cookbooks are taking over. Most of mine are in storage until my new home is completed in a few weeks but the number that I have received in the past several months would outfit a nice library; so I’m careful about what I agree to take a peek at. Still, it was a ‘no brainer’ when asked if I would like a copy of a new book just in time for the holidays; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. I have this strange affinity with Ree that she doesn’t even know about. When my children were young and we lived in our home on an acre of property in Raleigh, NC, everyone around affectionately referred to ME as ‘the pioneer woman.’ I chopped wood for our wood stove, made all of my own clothes, planted a huge garden and filled the larder with canned and frozen foods each summer and handmade each and every Christmas gift I gave to friends and family. We even built our own garage; although I don’t think true pioneers had garages right?

The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays

This is a beautiful book and it’s not just filled with photos of food. Ree is present with you in each and every recipe; her voice is what brings each story alive while she also shares photos of her ranch, her family and the ones I get such a huge kick out of…her dogs. I love how it is separated into chapters that detail recipes for specific holidays starting with New Years Day and finishing the year with recipes for New Years Eve…and everything in between!

The one recipe I got such a kick out of? Rum Cake. MY rum cake. Or at least one of those old recipes that I still have on a card in a binder I got when I was married. Personally shared so many times between friends that it’s traveled all over the globe I’m sure but I know it’s one of the best. Make it; you’ll see. I’ve sometimes thought I should re-configure that recipe so it’s made from all scratch ingredients instead of using a cake mix but you know who stops me? My friends…they LOVE the occasional quick prep of something so amazing. And there I go again…another boozy dessert I LOVE!

If you’re a fan of Ree’s already you’ll know to expect the helpful step-by-step photos that are evident in her other books and on her website. I admit I was sort of wishing for a synopsis of just the recipe steps without the photos but I heard loud and clear from people around me that I’m in the minority. Both my grown daughters and friends who do not cook like I have for a bazillion years LOVED that feature. It was interesting and useful to get feedback from others so I have to heartily endorse that effort which is, in their words, SO helpful.

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This bread pudding? Seriously out of this world. I made it for some friends and I heard more than one (all of them) say, ‘I think I’ll have just one more bite.’ until it was ALL gone. Ree calls for rum in her recipe but suggests that bourbon could also be used and that’s what was calling my name. I used Belle Meade Bourbon because it has such an appealing caramel nose and was the perfect compliment to the flavors in this dish. I also served it with sugared cranberries; they are not just for decoration…they are fun to eat and offered a nice tart accompaniment to this sweet dessert. Oh my YUM indeed!

These are the recipes of hearth and home; not one will set you scurrying to the market in search of exotic goods. Some basic recipes and techniques are included that would appeal more to newer cooks but I found several dishes, including this one today, that while easy to prepare was just perfect. Yes, I saw Boozy and I sort of knew it had my name written all over it. From pioneer woman to booze queen, that’s me! I’m grateful that Ree decided to share this book with me and lucky for you she wasn’t done!

Ree has offered 3 signed copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays for me to give away to my readers.  Yes, you read that right…THREE winners will be randomly selected to win a signed copy. In the craziness of this holiday season, how about a gift just for YOU?

Giveaway Details: (Giveaway Now Closed)

Three (3) winners will be chosen randomly to receive one (1) signed copy each of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Entries will be accepted until Midnight PST on Friday, November 30, 2013. Winners will be selected and contacted via email after the giveaway ends.

To enter:

Leave a comment letting me know what  your favorite holiday related food is. Mine is this mushroom dish I make every Thanksgiving!

For additional entries:

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That’s a total of 6 possible entries for each person! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

Entries will be accepted until Midnight PST on Friday, November 30, 2013. Winners will be contacted via email after the giveaway ends and have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address; if we don’t hear back within 48 hours a new winner will be selected.

 Boozy Bread Pudding |

You know you want it. Good Luck!


Boozy Bread Pudding
For the Bread Pudding:
  • 1 loaf crusty Italian bread or other Artisanal loaf (I had a loaf of bread with sesame seeds and it was perfect)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup (one-half stick) butter, melted plus additional for the pan
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup bourbon (original recipe called for rum but I used Belle Meade Bourbon)
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Generously butter a baking dish.
  3. Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes; you should have 8-10 cups of bread cubes.
  4. Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half and vanilla.
  5. Add the sugar and whisk to combine.
  6. Add the melted butter and whisk it into the egg mixture.
  7. Put the cubed bread into your buttered baking dish and pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes.
  8. Sprinkle the pecans over the top and bake in the oven for 1 hour until a nice golden brown.
For the Boozy Sauce:
  1. While the bread pudding is baking, make the sauce by combining the butter, sugar, heavy cream and bourbon in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil; turn down to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Drizzle some of the sauce over the bread pudding when it first comes out of the oven and serve the rest in a small pitcher to drizzle over individual slices.


  1. Molly Schuler says

    Love it all! My favorite is the delicious gravy poured over the top of the turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes:)))))

  2. Harriet C says

    I have been making a molded shrimp dip for Christmas dinner for more than 35 years and everyone just loves it! In fact, my nephew asked me on Thanksgiving day, “Where’s the shrimp dip?” I had to remind him it’s only for Christmas! LOL!

  3. Michelle Reese says

    I made your Bread Pudding and I did use Rum instead of Bourbon. EVERYONE, I MEAN EVERYONE raved about it. I had everyone that cooks want the recipe.
    Thank you for sharing this one with me.
    P.S. Did you get my Tiramisu Cookie Recipe? I did send it to you. I mentioned it to you the night of the Book Signing in Glendale, Ca. (not that you would remember me but maybe the recipe)

  4. Sally Pardo says

    Love mincemeat pie, made with my grandmothers green tomato mincemeat, which I can…….bread pudding sounds yummy……

  5. Vickie says

    And, I commented on your fb page and shared too.
    Have a great Thanksgiving..I am still up..prepping and baking is a two day event to get ready. Yup. :)

  6. Vickie says

    I pinned your mushroom recipe here..on my sided, salads and veggie board..we love the scrooms and this is on my list to now make.

  7. Isabel Pearce says

    I love making roasted sweet potatoes and at the last 10 minutes add a banana to roast then mash with butter , a little cream and cinnamon so delicious ! Marshmallows wouldn’t kill it !

  8. Birgit Matyssek says

    My absolute favorite are Linzer Cookies made with hazelnuts and raspberry jam. I only make them for Christmas.

  9. Sandy Chaney says

    My favorite is to pile on a fork everything on my plate, top with cranberry sauce and indulge in the tasty goodness!

  10. Carolyn Stipe says

    My favorite dish is the breakfast egg/sausage casserole my mom always made for every holiday breakfast. Good memories. . .

  11. Anne says

    I love cornbread stuffing, this cranberry salad that my friend Sharon makes, and sweet potato pie. Those are the things that after Thanksgiving I put dibs on the leftovers.

  12. vicki dixon says

    sweet potato rolls that i have made for the last 30 years for thanksgiving and christmas! sometime i will even make them for easter if i still have sweet potatoes. never use canned ones.

  13. Michele Bodah says

    My favorite dish has always been my mothers French meat stuffing. Basically you make. Bells stuffing and add sautéed hamburg and mashed potatoes to it. It’s THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

  14. Darcy Betlach says

    Each Christmas morning I make an egg bake loaded with the good stuff. The kids are able to open their gifts from Santa, then we take a breakfast break and eat our yummy egg bake before returning to gift opening.

  15. Christy Forrest says

    My aunt’s pickles green beans! We only get them during the holidays- super delicious and an old family recipe!

  16. Lillian says

    I love sausage stuffing! I only have it a few times a year so I make a lot for leftovers. Come to think of it, why not have it all year long?

  17. April Hamm says

    I love bread pudding so I pinned the bread pudding recipe and I am on my way to the store to get some bourbon…this sounds just delicious!

  18. Mama Owl says

    You had me at “boozy”! That’s my favorite holiday dish–anything with booze–rum balls, amaretto biscotti, bourbon pecan pie, margarita cheesecake, mulled wine. One has to manage stress at the holidays!

  19. Ann Thompson says

    It would have to be the turkey, I adore the stuff! I always wait for this time of year, and buy several, so we can enjoy it once the holidays are over!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. Barbara Seeger says

    my favorite dish is sweet potatoes of any kind. They just need to be gooey and sweet they can have marshmallows or not, makes no difference.

  21. Nora Richard says

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is cornbread dressing. I wait all year to make and eat this. Absolutely delicious. I need to make it throughout the year with a roasted chicken. Maybe I will do it in 2014. Thank you.

  22. says

    I am cooking for a total of 27 people at our house in Colorado! Making Ree’s sweet potatoes for sure and taking notes on the turkeys (roasting 2 of them). Have bought a couple of these books already for gifts, would LOVE to have one for myself :)

    Happy Thanksgiving…I love seeing Ree with all of her wonderful country and city friends. Nice to have good friends.

  23. says

    I know this is going to sound so corny but the dish that is my favorite and has been since I was a little girl is lime jello with shredded carrots and cabbage. My oldest daughter requests it every year at the holiday season. You just fix a large box of lime jello and add the cabbage and carrots and WHOOOHOOO you have a refreshing dish to clean your palate. Before you go Yuck try it.

  24. Shelly Zikmund says

    P.S. I shared this recipe and giveaway on my Facebook page, but also had to send your page directly to one of my friends. She will just love what she finds. Can’t wait to chat with her next week when she gets back to the office!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Shelly Zikmund says

    This will seem kind of corny… My favorite holiday recipe is one my Grandma Z. made. I loved this as a kid; still do. My mom makes me do a double batch for EVERY holiday. This has to be the easiest thing on any menu: A container of cool whip, package of instant pistachio pudding, can of fruit cocktail, and small can of pineapple. Yum!

  26. Shelly Zikmund says

    I was so excited to see your Pinterest boards and learn about your blog. I LOVE bread pudding and this looks sumptuous!! Of course, I had to add this to my Recipe board, since I am going to add it to my Christmas menu. Thank you!

  27. De says

    One of my favorite holiday foods is what we call fruit soup. Made with barley, lots of dried fruits and served cold. YUM

  28. Lisa Kalmerton says

    Our family holidays must have pierogi, filled with cheese and potatoes and topped with butter and sauted onions. AND SIDE OF SOUR CREAM :)

  29. says

    I make a green bean casserole with sour cream and onions mixed with french green beans and then topped with tons of cheddar cheese. It was a “must have” on my mom’s Thanksgiving table every year. Mom is making it in heaven now. This year my daughter-in-law has been asked to bring Grandma’s green beans. Tradition!!

  30. Connie G. says

    My favorite holiday foods are the Thanksgiving turkey and cornbread dressing. Also love my Aunt Glenda’s recipe for broccoli casserole.

  31. Julie Wright-Costa says

    My favorite holiday food usually centers on bread/pudding. So, bread pudding (savory or sweet), stuffing or yeast rolls are at the top of my list.
    Bring it on and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  32. Wendy Lister says

    My favorite food is the potato. I love them in every way, shape and form. If I had to pick one my all time go to are creamy,cheesy scalloped potatoes. Baked to a golden brown perfection.

  33. Linda Sangirardi says

    My favorite dish at Thanksgiving is my Sweet Potato Pie…just made it tonight, and my favorite dessert which I make every year for Christmas is my Tiramisu!

  34. Wil says

    I don’t know if this has already posted, if so, then please disregard one of them. The internet service can be a pain. Anyway, I shared the link and added my comments. The bread pudding is awesome but I’d suggest to replace the rum with good ole KY bourbon. The rum is good but nothing like good KY bourbon ( Weller’s Reserve 90 Proof, Elmer T. Lee, Woodford Reserve or Makers Mark). YUM!

  35. says

    I LOVE to watch your programs even tho I’ve cooked for many years for my family but you have some of the greatest ideas and time savers I’ve ever seen. You are a precious Mom and Wife.

  36. wil says

    I shared the link and added a comment for the bread pudding. Good ole’ Kentucky bourbon just rocks in this recipe. Rum is good but nothing like KY Bourbon. :)

  37. Wil says

    My favorite is dressing. My Mamaw’s was the best. Precious memories of a wonderful woman and the love she shared with so many. :)

  38. Jennifer Culp says

    I love the turkey and dressing! Have just been introduced to bread pudding so I can’t wait to make this one!
    I pined a pic, liked your page, shared on Fb, and signed up for emails. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  39. Laura Callen says

    Oyster dressing! That’s “stuffing” to some of y’all, but my grandma and great-grandma were from Tennessee so actually it’s pronounced “dressin’.” It’s a very wet bread stuffing with a lot of onion, celery and LOTS of fresh oysters! We don’t use bagged crumbs. This is homemade all the way, baby! You have to make a whole “mess” of it for our holiday meal if you hope to get seconds.

  40. PatriciaD says

    My favorite holiday related food is sweet potato casserole. I love that stuff but really love the entire Thanksgiving meal.

  41. says

    It’s hard to pick a favorite but it’s a tie between sweet potato cassarole and the cornbread dressing both are made by my sister! The cornbread dressing is my grandmothers receipe!

  42. Terry Gordon says

    My favorite holiday food is pecan pie. And our “special” sugar cookies. And carmel chex mix. and Southern Comfort brand egg nog with amaretto!!!!

  43. says

    I love the turkey brine. Actually, have my turkey in the brine with the oranges, rosemary, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Look forward to a nicely brown bird.

  44. Julie Savard says

    One of my favorite holiday foods are an appetizer my Mom used to make for Christmas Eve – BBQ bacon wrapped water chestnuts! (SO hard to pick a fav). Happy Thanksgiving!

  45. Whitney Cain says

    My favorite holiday dish is my “famous” white chocolate pecan praline cheesecake. Holy goodness. If I could get away with gaining 165 lbs I would eat it year round!

  46. Rachel P says

    A whole bbq’ed pig share with about 75 of my relatives (and a few who aren’t really related but come for the good food). A thanksgiving tradition 30- something years strong.

  47. Michelle Jordan says

    I always make my Grandma’s dressing. Can’t have Thanksgiving without it. Toasted bread, onions, broth from the turkey and sage. Absolutely wonderful and memories to boot.

  48. holly in pa says

    Chocolate bourbon pecan pie with homemade whipped cream and oh… and stuffing! loaded with mushrooms, onions, celery, sausage and fresh herbs.

  49. Cheryl Saling says

    Subscribed to Creative Culinary by email. I hope I didn’t repeat this entry…trouble with entering it this morning.

  50. Wendi says

    Mine would be leftovers! Love having extra turkey and gravy and potatoes with some cranberry relish a day or two later.

  51. Laurie Gagne says

    Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwich. Take two slices of your favorite home made bread place slices of turkey, a layer of stuffing, slice of cranberry sauce, a layer of mashed potatoes, and of course some delicious turkey gravy, fresh ground pepper.

  52. Janet Berry-Johnson says

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is my mom’s homemade crescent rolls. She would make a HUGE batch on Thanksgiving morning and as soon as they were out of the oven we would slather them with butter and dive in. I continue that tradition today!

    In an unrelated note, years ago I’d never made bread pudding and it was my husband’s favorite dessert. I saw TV chef Justin Wilson making some, so I wrote down the recipe. The recipe called for a whole cup of brandy! Now THAT was boozy bread pudding. We got drunk eating it!

  53. Jackie says

    I love the cranberry salad or sauce. Only time I get the salad is at Thanksgiving. That is why I look forward to the Holiday.

  54. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is my Mema’s Turkey Dressing. It’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but it’s absolutely to die for! Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. :)

  55. D'Ann Lungberg says

    My favorite holiday food is Brussels sprouts drizzled with olive oil and baked and then fresh rolls with homemade cranberry sauce. Happy Holidays..

  56. Carol Roberts Silva says

    Ree, I Love your Family story’s in your Cook books, I have all three of your CookBooks
    And bought some for my Daughter.
    I was raised on a Ranch,and so was my Daughter.
    I would Love to win your Holiday Book so I could surprise my Twin sister with you
    Holiday Book on our 65th, Birthday.
    Thank You for letting me enjoy cooking in the kitchen. You changed the I cook and
    I enjoy it now.

  57. Denise says

    New favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake made by my 17 year old daughter! It’s replacing the pumpkin pie this year!

  58. Daphne says

    My favorite holiday food is coconut cake made with fresh grated coconut and real whipped cream. It reminds me of Christmas Day celebrating at my maternal grandmother’s with all the Aunts, Uncles, and cousins! Happy memories.

  59. Barb Lankford says

    I try to never miss your TV show, love it. AND love your family too. I am giving two of your Holiday cook books for Christmas gifts and forgot to get one for myself. Here’s hoping…Barb

  60. Marta Mitchell says

    My favorite holiday dish is my mom’s spinach dip! She would make it for me every Christmas and we lost her in July 2012. I am going to make it this year for the first time since she passed. Just a little emotional about it…

  61. says

    Pioneer Women LOVE love your easy and simple way of cooking rieminds me of the days growing up with homecooking . This is the way I love to cook also.
    My fav iron meal to cook when in a pinch is a wonderful meatloaf, with a warm spinach salade.

  62. Theresa C says

    It is so hard to choose….but I would have to say dessert and cookies. Right now my mouth is watering for Maple Walnut Cookies and Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies. Plus my mother-in-law’s Italian Cream Cake.

  63. Jane says

    My favorite holiday food is the cracked, fresh dungeness crab we have every Christmas Eve. It’s not just the crab but the sourdough bread, melted butter and simple toasted green salad. We usually wash it all down with copious amounts of chamgagne. It doesn’t get any better than that! There usually isn’t any dessert until someone wants a glass of egg nog after, but that is usually impossible after eating your weight in crab!

  64. Gretchen Barnhill says

    My favorite is my mamaw’s dressing recipe, and I love pumpkin pie!! Truth is I LOVE IT ALL!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  65. Karole Vosburgh says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry orange nut bread that I make every year. For Christmas, my favorite and a must according to my family and friends is peanut butter balls.

  66. Misha says

    I always look forward to my moms cranberry relish. Fresh ground cranberries, fresh orange, celery, walnuts, it’s just so refreshing.

  67. Brandi Bryant says

    My favorite Thanksgiving holiday dish is Grandma’s dressing. My family’s favorite is Ree’s cinnamon rolls that I make every holiday. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  68. Nan Stewart says

    My fav Thanksgiving food is the turkey. My husband spatchcocks it and it is ALWAYS tender and juicy! We rarely eat turkey throughout the rest of the year (although a lot of chicken) so the Thanksgiving meal is eagerly anticipated. The company of friends and/or family makes it complete!

  69. Joan says

    Favorite Holiday dish, leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, mayo and lettuce. Tradition in our house for Friday lunch!

  70. Bionic Beaver says

    A few years ago I started serving Cheesy Potato Casserole along with mashed and they have become such a hit in our house that I now make two of those and cut back on the mashed to just a small bowl. Love it when I come up with something so many of people I love most in the world enjoy!

  71. Kristi says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are honey & brown sugar glazed Ham, grandma’s homemade chicken and noodles, pumpkin pie, and mandarin orange salad!

  72. tiffany says

    My favorite holiday food is green bean casserole made from scratch with a ton of mushrooms! Its fantastic comfort food!

  73. Andrea Troutman says

    My favorite is regular stuffing. I love all of the other side dishes and veggies too but I always look forward to the stuffing the most!

  74. Erika Peacock says

    My favorite holiday food is sweet potato casserole!!!! Last year we had Thanksgiving in Hawaii and used purple sweet potatoes, it was soooooo delicious!!! Can’t wait to scarf some down again this year!!!!!

  75. Anne Sanchez says

    My scalloped potatoes that everyone always wants for Christmas. I don’t think anyo
    ne else in the family makes it.

  76. says

    I love the recipes you have. I also live Ree , I never miss a show. Would love to have her cookbook. Going to have the Boozy bread pudding for the holidays

  77. says

    Hmmm… My favorite holiday-related food are seemingly random side dishes… Okay, they are all side dishes. Egg rolls, pancit, lechon (ok, not a side dish, but I only eat a couple pieces), garlic bread, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. :)

  78. Stacey Crawford says

    My favorite holiday meal is kumla. It’s a norwegian dish of ham, potatoes, and flour topped with lots of butter!

  79. Carol Davis says

    I love the sweet potatoes – any form – but mostly glazed. And, this is the holiday when I also love the green bean casserole.

  80. B Inkmann says

    My favorite part of the holiday eating experience is the Thanksgiving stuffing! (no, not dressing – that is what you put on a salad) It is my great-grandmother’s recipe and it has about a thousand ingredients in it – but it is worth it – it is soooo good! We always have to make a second pan of it for leftovers, but the stuffing from the turkey is the real treat – I always sneak seconds…sometimes thirds on Thanksgiving. Shhh…don’t tell! :)

  81. Veronica says

    Cranberry sauce. Not anything you buy in a store. The one I make has heat in it, some red pepper flakes that just makes it divine. And I cut out some of the sugar to make it tart. Yum!

  82. Jane says

    Favorite holiday dish is. . . this is hard. . . but I choose cornbread dressing. . . but there is cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes. .. sorry, I was digressing. . . smiles and Happy Thanksgiving!

  83. Lori Blankenship says

    Good afternoon! I love my mothers stuffing. Its even better the next day cold. I have been known to make stuffing sandwiches. Thankful for your site. love to learn new recipes.

  84. Sylvia Yunus says

    I would love this cookbook. I always watch the show and I am always going to food network and getting the recipes.

  85. says

    My favorite dish is cornbread dressing. My mom made it “northern” style bread dressing. But when we moved to TX she started adding a little cornbread and over the years it became the dressing it is now. I look forward to it every year.

  86. Anastasia says

    Pinned this to my Yum…Desserts board on Pinterest! I think I may try it with our Jamaican Rum though, and the sugared cranberries sound delicious!

  87. Anastasia says

    I love, love, love Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows! But then there is Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Dressing with Gravy, Hashbrown Casserole- the list goes on and on!

  88. Paulette Hatfield says

    My favorite dish is my sweet potatoe casserole which was handed down to me by my Mom. One of the few dishes that I actually was smart enough to write down.

  89. says

    I have many favorites: green bean casserole, broccoli rice casserole, homemade rolls, gravy, the crispy skin on a fried turkey, ham, desserts, fresh cranberry sauce!

  90. Alissa Hoke says

    My favorite holiday food? That is a difficult question. I think it is the food we have on Christmas Eve at my Mom’s house. Since I was a child, we opened gifts at my Mom’s on Christmas Eve. She did simple food that we had to eat before we could go into the tree to get our gifts. Food is Baked Ham sandwiches, chips, dip, and assorted Christmas cookies.

  91. Amanda R says

    I love food so I have a lot of “favorites,” but here are a few: the crusty skin of a fried turkey, green bean casserole, broccoli rice casserole (my mom’s), fresh cranberry sauce, dessert (any kind!), homemade rolls, and gravy!

  92. Deb Smith says

    I love the holidays. My favorite dish to make is what my Grandma called Banana Salad. It is lengthwise sliced bananas with homemade thick from scratch vanilla sauce poured over them then you sprinkle red Spanish peanuts all over. We chill it and that’s one of the favorite deserts from my childhood. Over 600 years ago

  93. Judy Smith says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is “Cope’s dried corn” ; This we had
    at Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Family tradition.

  94. Julia says

    My favorite thing for the holidays is what our family calls “grandma gravy”. My mom makes the world’s best turkey gravy and since I have not mastered the art of gravy-making, I so appreciate her wonderful gravy!

  95. says

    My Mom was not a good cook (sorry Mom) I was always determined to try new things, many tears and many dishes wasted, I have managed to cook good food for my family and the neatest thing is I get to cook for my Mom and she loves it. I enjoy your recipes, they always come with a little piece of home Because they are made from the heart. Thank you for sharing.

  96. Beth says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is fresh cranberry sauce. We only have it this time of the year, and it is so good and brings back many, many good memories.

  97. Emily S. says

    My favorite holiday dish is potatoes – whether it be purple mashed potatoes with gorgonzola and bacon, zucchini parmesan potato latkes or sweet potatoes – love them all!

  98. Sherry Fouts says

    I have enjoyed all her shows and the food is Amazing, gets me wanting to go visit every time she cooks. Looks SOOOO GOOOOODDDDD! I’d love to have one of her books for my kitchen and I know I’d use it often…And outside of being a great cook that she is, she’s a women after my own heart when I see her using CAST IRON SKILLETS—-Love them and use mine all the time, even have a big Dutch Over for a camp fire but don’t use it too much now since it’s only me here right now. But, it will last forever…Hope I win, Thanks for giving us a chance to get one.

  99. Glenda Roberts says

    The one dish that HAS to be one our Thanksgiving
    table is Cheese and Pickle salad. It was always on my parents
    table and now our sons and daughter in laws and all the grand kids
    know how to make it and each one brags they make it best. Always
    brings wonderful memories, of a lot of special people, to the table.

  100. Katy says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Chiffon Pumpkin Pie. I like traditional Pumpkin Pie as well, but the Chiffon is out of this world.

  101. Geri Lanfranchi says

    My favorite dish is Cornbread and sausage dressing for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If I so much as suggest not making it, my family goes ballistic, it’s not pretty.

  102. Cathy says

    My favorite dish is an appetizer
    jalapeno pepper jelly, cream cheese and cranberry torte YUM
    Happy Thanksgiving

  103. Paula Freed says

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving receipes is “Sweet Potato Souffle. The crushed pineapple topping makes it almost taste more like a dessert instead of a vegetable

  104. Leticia Little says

    Favorite dish is the turkey because next day we have our traditional turkey pot pie after Thanksgiving and turkey tamales after Christmas!

  105. Anita Fraga says

    My favorite Holiday dish has to be the Cornbread Dressing with gravy! Of course, I also love the candied yams, pumpkin pie & the pumpkin loaf I make! Gee, now I’m hungry!
    Thanks for sharing this special give away and Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours!!!

  106. Honey says

    I use the cranberry recipe on a bag of cranberries, but I also add 1/4 cup each of frozen orange juice concentrate & also 1/4 cup of frozen cranberry juice concentrate….makes for an interesting side dish & is very tasty

  107. Tisha says

    My Grandmothers Jam Cake with caramel icing. She has been gone for almost 12 years now but the recipe has been handed down to me. Every time I make it, memories of her fill my heart.

  108. Ed says

    Sunburst salad, which is a dish containing a layer of orange jello with bananas, a layer of pineapple pudding with pineapple chunks, and a layer of whipped topping with cream cheese. Awesome!

  109. Janet Phillips says

    My favorite Holiday food is Ree’s Cinnamon Rolls. I saw her episode of making and giving them and that is what I have been doind and everyone loves them! They are the best cinnamon rolls ever!

  110. Nancy D says

    Our favorite holiday tradition is my sour cream coffee cake that I have made every major holiday for many years – everyone looks forward to this sweet treat!

  111. Lauren Long says

    I can’t get enough of mashed potatoes. There must be something in the holiday air that makes them taste 10x better.

  112. Jeralyn says

    My favorite holiday food has to be apple pie, HANDS DOWN. I love it with caramel and ice cream too! My favorite Thanksgiving food would be the stuffing and my favorite Christmas food would be hot chocolate and snow cookies my grandmother always made.

  113. Amanda Van Deusen says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the cornbread stuffing with homemade gravy and torn pieces of Turkey. I could eat that daily. Every year our Thanksgiving is with my husband’s family, so on the weekend I cook out Thanksgiving meal because I just have to have my turkey and stuffing!!!

  114. Jan Taylor says

    One of my favorites is broccoli salad. I am changing it this year and using craisins and cashews instead of raisins and sunflower seeds. Happy Thanksgiving and I love you show!

  115. Sue Deitelhoff says

    I love stuffing. Any kind of stuffing. In the bird, out of the bird, I just love stuffing!!!!!
    Thanks for asking. Now aren’t you glad you did?

  116. Diane Pence says

    My favorite is stuffing and our special family candied sweet potatoes and of course the best thing is sharing Thanksgiving with family!

  117. Vicki Leith says

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is Marshmallow Salad! I grew up with this as a kid and have continued making it for my kids and grandkids! It’s so easy and so good! :-)

  118. Marcia D says

    My favorite holiday food is definitely any version of a cheesecake for dessert. Must be a holiday tradition, because my mom always made one, then I did, and now my daughter continues the cheesecake tradition !

  119. Amy Romansky says

    My absolute favorite Thanksgiving food is sausage and cornbread stuffing! I wouldn’t even care if there was no turkey being served, bring on the stuffing!

  120. Angie E says

    Glen’s Grandmother used to make Chocolate pie with pecans on top. AND his grandfather used to make fried corn. It was amazing. Sadly they are no longer with us, but we are always thinking of them especially at Thanksgiving time.

  121. Donna says

    My favorite dish is a Cherry Coke Salad that we make each year. Cherry pie filling, coke, pecans, pineapple, jello and sugar! YUMMY!!

  122. Trudi says

    I love my mom’s chocolate pie. My mom and I actually saw Ree make it on an episode of The Pioneer Woman. My mom was like, “That’s the same recipe I use.” It is soooo good!

  123. Amy Tolley says

    my favorite thanksgiving dish would have to be my stuffing and mac n chesse and my hubbies sweet potatoes yummy thanks happy holidays!!!!

  124. Kit Lemmons says