What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

It’s that time of year when everyone’s calendars are sprinkled with holiday parties. To get in a festive spirit, I have been sharing a collection of desserts to bring to – or serve at – at holiday party. We started off simple with some store-bought favorites, and then moved along to halfway homemade desserts that utilize […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

A Simple, Honest Braised Turkey

Brining a Thanksgiving turkey is a lot easier than you might think. Plus, it keeps your turkey moist and adds lots of flavor. I created a simple, no-fail citrus and tea brine that can be put together in just minutes. I brined my turkey for 24 hours using just a mixture of Honest Tea, Simply […]

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

  Mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. They are the one thing that everyone puts on their plate – which means that you need an exceptional recipe. My parents make the best most delicious, creamy, cheesy Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since I moved to Chicago I have been bringing these mashed potatoes to Friendsgiving and […]

Roasted Carrots, the Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish

Carrots are one of those vegetables that almost everyone loves. This recipe for roasted carrots can be pulled together with just five minutes of preparation time, and 45 minutes of cook time. The carrots are slathered in butter, seasoned with pepper, and roasted beside the turkey. The carrots will soak up the turkey drippings, loading […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party, My Favorite Store Bought Treats

Today I am kicking off a series on what to bring to holiday parties. I’m a food blogger that realizes that not everyone who loves food knows how to make it. With that in mind, today I am talking about my favorite store bought treats to bring to a party. The What to Bring to a […]

Egg, Cheddar, and Bacon Biscuits and Preparing for the Holidays with Aldi

  November is here which means that Thanksgiving (and Christmas!) are just around the corner. I have been working on planning holiday recipes that are easy to prepare for a big group. My parent’s house is always packed with people during the holidays, and with 8 adults under one roof breakfast gets tricky. Inspired by […]

Beef Tenderloin Tips with a Bourbon Mushroom Sauce

My mother made this delightful Beef Tenderloin Tips with a Bourbon Mushroom Sauce and caramelized onions for Christmas dinner. It was seriously delicious and can be prepared in less than an hour. The beef was so tender that we could easily cut it with a butter knife. The bourbon added a richness to the sauce […]

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is a decadent Thanksgiving-meets-Christmas dessert, and it was a big hit at the Christmas Eve party. I was a little skeptical about this dish, which my mother made, because I am not a huge fan of gingerbread or pumpkin. I thought that the Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle was a pleasant surprise. The pumpkin […]

Boston Baked Beans

These Boston Baked Beans are served alongside Roast Ham at my family’s Christmas Eve party. This recipe has salt pork and sweet molasses, making it the perfect dish for someone who loves the sweet and salt flavor combination. These Boston Baked Beans are one of several side dishes at the annual party. We also serve […]

7 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Do you have lots of Thanksgiving leftovers? Here are 7 different ways to use up those leftovers! 1. Make Stock 2. Turkey Soup 3. Potato Pancakes 4. Turkey Pot Pie 5. Shepard’s Pie 6. Potato Soup

Chocolate Silk Pie

This is my favorite pie. By far. Trust me on this one. This smooth chocolatey pie has been a staple at Graham family gatherings for at least 15 years. I was reluctant to make it because I was afraid it would lose that special only-on-special-occassions feeling. I finally caved in and made it for a […]

Whole Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is far different from the one that comes from a can. Since there are whole cranberries in this recipe this cranberry sauce has a chunkier texture. This recipe has orange, lemon, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Both this from scratch cranberry sauce and the canned version make it around our table […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

There are so many options for Thanksgiving leftovers above and beyond sandwiches and repeats of Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some of my favorite recipes made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Some of the dishes can be frozen and enjoyed later if you are tired of turkey. Turkey Soup – My favorite way to use up the leftovers […]

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

I first discovered Bacon Wrapped Dates at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba in Chicago. My friends ordered them and insisted that I try them. I am not one of those people who goes nuts over bacon, but these are wonderful. Crisp bacon and a date stuffed with cheese. Some recipes online do not include the cheese […]


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