Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving Dishes - Appetizers, Turkey, Stuffing, Side Dishes, Mashed Potatoes, Risotto, Salads, Pie, Cakes, Desserts

I‘ve gathered all of my best recipes together for the Thanksgiving Holiday so take a peek if you need some inspiration for your holiday meal! There are appetizers, turkey for both main course and leftovers; stuffing, side dishes, desserts and even my favorite homemade cranberry liqueur!

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Cinnamon, Sugar, Nutmeg and Ginger add an extra dimension to buttered popcorn October 23, 2014

I love popcorn. Period. I even love movie popcorn with that awful butter. I love caramel corn and popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I even made popcorn once with a bourbon caramel drizzle. But the truth is that even though some of those sinful creations are FANTASTIC, the real nitty gritty is that […]

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Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries is a delicious and beautiful Fall salad. October 21, 2014

Is the quinoa fad over yet? I have a tendency to try something once it’s lost it’s place as the foodie ‘darling.’ I can never quite get on-board with some of the over the top LOVE I see for some newly discovered foods so I watch and wait and I dig in when the mood […]

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The Halloween Express – Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half

The Halloween Express - Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half October 17, 2014

OK, naming drinks is not my forte but I thought it appropriate to make a play on words on this night when we have to keep our mojo going far longer than we might normally want to. Yes there is espresso, in fact this Halloween Express has rum, espresso, maple syrup (YUM!) and half and […]

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Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese salad with Maple Dijon Dressing from Nordstroms Cafe September 17, 2014

I first posted this recipe for a Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing five years ago so it seems perfect for a Wayback Wednesday post. I was using a point and shoot camera on the verge of dying and only had pecans in lieu of my beloved walnuts. So it seemed […]

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Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread

Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread September 15, 2014

I have a recipe I’m dying to make for homemade hamburger buns and I hope to get them done this week but I have yet to find the time to devote to that effort. Maybe when it’s colder and I’m stuck inside but right now we’re having some beautiful fall days and I’m craving both […]

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Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail

Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail September 5, 2014

It’s been almost three years since I started doing a cocktail each and every Friday and I’ve been pretty determined to keep on task. I’ve had nights when it was midnight before a post was completed and/or got myself up at the crack of dawn to do the same but today? Busted. Blame it on […]

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Real St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Real St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake March 18, 2014

I’ve mentioned before on these pages my darling Grandmother Bathe; my dad’s mom. Her married name was Lizette Bathe and we all called her Grandma. She was 4’11″ and through a genetic pool on my Grandfather’s side, I was her granddaughter that stood at 5’11” and we were teased about being like Mutt and Jeff. […]

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon and Brown Butter Sage Topping

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon and Brown Butter Sage Topping December 26, 2013

I am a lover of all things maple. When others were enjoying their PB&J sandwiches as kids; mine were always PB&MS – Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup. Haven’t tried it? Go. Now! I STILL love it to this day (chips on the side)! Fast forward a couple of years (yes, that was supposed to make […]

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Imperial Pomegranate Cocktail – Perfect for the Holidays!

Imperial Pomegranate Cocktail with New Amsterdam Gin December 13, 2013

As much as I love the abundance of fresh produce during the summer and lament the wane of warm days I can’t deny I get excited about three things as the end of tomato season comes upon us. Pumpkin? Not really. Winter squash? Nah; I like it OK but I don’t get excited about it. […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cabbage and Pine Nuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cabbage and Pine Nuts December 5, 2013

It is the season for Brussels sprouts and I wanted to revisit this amazing dish that I first posted a couple of years ago; it was my first foray into trying sprouts again after avoiding them like the plague for years. Brussels sprouts have seen an upsurge in popularity the past few years and this […]

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Lady in Red – Celebrating #Red Friday with a Cocktail from Maker’s Mark

Lady in Red - Celebrating #Red Friday with a Cocktail from Maker's Mark November 29, 2013

If you’re like me and have decided to hunker down and avoid the craziness of this ‘Day of Shopping and Angry People During the Season of Love’ know you are not alone! Enjoy this cocktail that evolved from a fun online chat with Makers Mark and @PamelaWiznitzer, a fantastic female mixologist in New York City.

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Best Cranberry Sauce I’ve Ever Made…has some Booze of Course!

The Best Fresh Cranberry Sauce...has Orange Liqueur! November 27, 2013

Seriously it really is the best…and I’ve made a LOT of cranberry sauces. It’s the one thing I like to do differently every year for the holidays. Mostly because it’s so easy to make (I am definitely in the ANTI-CAN group; never loved it and never will!) but also because I think it’s really versatile. […]

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Mandarine Napoléon Liqueur and Marengo’s Punch

Mandarine Napoléon’s Marengo’s Punch November 8, 2013

When I was asked to sample Mandarine Napoléan liqueur, I thought of how much I’ve always loved Mandarin oranges; and by Mandarin oranges I mean those little segments that come in a can. While I can’t think of one other fruit that I buy by the can, I can’t deny I’ll still stock several cans […]

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The Best All Purpose Dry Spice Rub for Chicken, Beef and Pork

The Best Chicken, Beef and Pork Rub for Barbecue and Smoking August 20, 2013

Last month I shared how my daughter Emily is going to be the lucky beneficiary of a brand new Delta ‘One Touch’ Faucet (though I think they should just call it the ‘Chicken Cutting Faucet!). Although she is not going through a major kitchen overhaul, this surprise has whet her appetite to do a couple […]

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Pecan Sticky Buns with Orange and Bourbon Glaze

Pecan Sticky Buns with Orange and Bourbon Glaze December 19, 2012

This is a special post and it’s been a long time coming. It all started this past summer when I got a tweet from Sommer who tweets as @GagneFoods letting me know she was in Denver sampling some of their wonderful Robinhood Meetinghouse Biscuits and wondering if we could meet. As luck would have it, […]

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