Thanksgiving Timeline: How to Manage Food Preparation

Wondering how to manage your time when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner? I have created an outline that will take the stress out of planning. By starting to prepare food two days before the holiday, you will be able to sit back and enjoy Thanksgiving with your guests. I singlehandedly prepared a full Thanksgiving […]

Roasted Garlic, Parmesan, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

I wish that technology had advanced to the point where you could smell these potatoes because their scent is delightful. The secret is that brown butter is better than normal butter. The act of browning butter takes just a couple of minutes, and it results in a richer more flavorful butter. Whether you use this […]

Step by Step Instructions for Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

I promise you, cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving is easier than you might think. Let me walk you through it. These step by step instructions for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey will be extra detailed to put any first timers at ease. Here we go. Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Prep The first step is obvious. Buy a turkey. Buy […]

Bourbon Butterscotch Pie

This from scratch Bourbon Butterscotch Pie is quick and easy to make. While you could opt to use a store-bought crust, I used a shortbread crust that comes together in just minutes that you press into a pie pan. I loved how the buttery shortbread crust complimented the butterscotch. Since I have a thing for […]

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Fried Sage

This recipe for Caramelized Butternut Squash with Fried Squash will make you want to ditch your sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Cubed butternut squash is roasted with butter, salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon, and then topped with fried sage. By cooking the squash the day before Thanksgiving, and reheating it for […]

Cranberry Salsa

When I told my friend Erin that I was inviting her to a pre-Thanksgiving dinner party, she sent me this recipe for Cranberry Salsa and very strongly suggested that it make an appearance on the table. At first I wasn’t sure how I could make the salsa since I didn’t have a food processor, and […]

French Style Apple Rhubarb Pie

A French Style Apple Rhubarb Pie is a pie with an apple and rhubarb filling and a crumb topping. It’s the best of a pie and an apple crumble. It’s a way to serve apples from an apple picking excursion, and a fitting dessert to serve on Thanksgiving. My Aunt Susan often brings a French Apple […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup

In most households the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, a day filled with shopping. At my parents’ home the day after Thanksgiving is soup day. My father makes the most incredible soup using the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it is something we look forward to every year. This year I attempted […]

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 […]

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Honey and Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

  I am going to be sharing Thanksgiving recipes and tips all week in preparation for my favorite holiday. I already shared my Thanksgiving tablescape, and today I have a really simple recipe for roasted beets with goat cheese and honey. Beets have an earthy flavor and can be a bit of an acquired taste, […]

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is a pop the champagne and break out the china affair. I created an easy and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape that is worthy of my absolute favorite holiday. There are several DIY elements to this tablessacpe that you can mix and match with items you already own. I chose to focus on a neutral palette of […]

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

It is likely that after Thanksgiving you might have some leftover turkey and mashed potatoes. I had 3 cups of turkey meat and 4 pounds of mashed potatoes leftover after Friendsgiving, which inspired me to make this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. I sautéed shallots and mushrooms, and then made a sauce with cream of mushroom soup and […]

Pumpkin Pie Dip

This is a great last minute Thanksgiving dessert. The best part? It is no-bake, and the preparation time is only 15 minutes. My friend Gretchen brought this dessert to Friendsgiving, and she served it with sliced apples and gingerbread cookies. I love that this desserts lends itself well to just having a taste of dessert […]

Potato Soup

What do you do when you have several pounds of leftover mashed potatoes? My friend the Windy City Epicurean suggested that I make potato soup. Even though I love potatoes and soup, I had never made potato soup before. This soup is incredibly easy to prepare. The mashed potatoes dissolved into the turkey stock, thickening it. […]


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