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!

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

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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The Best Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole with Fried Onion Strings is Homemade!

The Best Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole with Fried Onion Strings November 28, 2012

Who hasn’t associated green bean and mushroom casserole with Thanksgiving dinner? Anyone? Canned green beans, canned mushroom soup and canned onion rings, right? And we loved it! Well, if you love that now or have ever loved it, this dish is for you. I made another green bean and mushroom dish last year that was […]

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Maple and Toasted Pecan Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

Maple and Toasted Pecan Pie with Maple Whipped Cream November 26, 2012

I love pecan pie. In my family pumpkin pie is not a necessary part of our Thanksgiving dinner; I’ll often make both pumpkin and pecan pie but if push were to come to shove, I know where everyone’s heart lies. It’s not just for Thanksgiving either…nope; we’re happy to do a repeat just a month […]

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‘Macnificent’ Mac and Cheese from the Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook

Macnificent Macaroni and Cheese from the Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook November 21, 2012

I get asked to review a lot of cookbooks; actually more than I can handle lately so I’ve taken to being pretty blunt. Where once it was a thrill to get asked, I’m now more inclined to make sure I don’t commit before I get the book. I learned that lesson the hard way…some pretty […]

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