Thanksgiving

Corn Bread, Sausage and Pecan Dressing

November 25, 2013
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The biggest cooking day of the year is almost here! And now that I picked up our turkey this morning (gotta start the dry brine tonight!) and I’ve made this Corn Bread, Sausage and Pecan Dressing to share with you, I feel as though the festivities are already well underway. I’ve been massaging my Thanksgiving […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

November 5, 2013
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Ever wonder what to do with those big, gorgeous Brussels sprout stalks that start popping up in the produce department at this time of year? Roast the whole thing! The moment I noticed a recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk attached to the sprouts I found at Trader Joe’s, into my basket they […]

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Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce…plus more Thanksgiving (On-The-)Sides

November 19, 2012
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I tend to be a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes – I need to have all the standards like stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and nothing too newfangled or off-the-wall. That said, I do enjoy a flavor tweak or two every year, such as with the Gingered Orange […]

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Glazed Brussels Sprouts

November 11, 2012
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Believe it or not, I was a kid who actually liked Brussels sprouts. I really didn’t mind the leafy green mini-cabbage-looking-things at all. They were kind of neat and different. These days, I kind of love them. A whole lot of flavor can fill those leafy layers…such as the ginger, honey and bacon that simmer […]

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Classic Dinner Rolls

November 30, 2011
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  No matter how much advice I read that says you should bypass the bread basket, especially during the holidays, I just can’t. Bread and I have had a longstanding wonderful relationship – one which I’ve begun to appreciate even more as I become more comfortable baking with yeast. The most impressive wonderland of a […]

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Chestnut Stuffing

November 22, 2011
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Thanksgiving is almost here and I’ve got one more terrific recipe to submit for your consideration as you finalize your menu for the big feast: Chestnut Stuffing.This stuffing turned out to be even better than I’d hoped. I like a really homey, traditional, herby, moist-on-the-bottom-crispy-and-golden-on-top kind of stuffing and this recipe (from the back of […]

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Creamed Spinach with Bacon

November 14, 2011
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Spinach doesn’t need cream or bacon to make it a good side dish. It’s fine on its own, simply steamed or sauteed with a little lemon. That’s how I typically make it. But… If you do happen to mix cream and bacon in with spinach – and maybe some aromatic onions and garlic too for […]

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Chai Pumpkin Pie

November 1, 2011
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I’d been looking for a good excuse to post an updated pumpkin pie recipe on Cooking On the Side. That first pumpkin pie I posted two Thanksgivings ago was great and all, the classic Libby’s version that I and millions around the country have enjoyed for years. But ever since that post I’ve been wanting to […]

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8 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes…On the Side!

November 19, 2009
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I wasn’t sure if I could put together an entire Thanksgiving menu with recipes from the sides of food packages, but I did it! Here’s a summary of the eight traditional Thanksgiving recipes I’ve shared over the past few weeks. Enjoy – and wishing a happy and healthy holiday to you and yours! Rosemary Roasted […]

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch

November 18, 2009
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Despite being almost two years old, my daughter still prefers her sweet potatoes in the form of baby food purĂ©es with nothing else added. I suspect this has as much to do with the appeal of the natural sweet potato flavor as it does with the entertainment value of practicing the transfer of bright-orange mush […]

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