Thanksgiving

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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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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Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake…Getting it Perfect

November 2, 2010
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After the vaguery with last week’s quiche recipe I had some residual “recipe paranoia” as I approached the Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe inside the KitchenAid stand mixer instruction manual. I really, really wanted it to come out well as it sounded like the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe (especially with the praline-like maple pecan glaze). But, […]

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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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Herb Stuffing Muffins

November 16, 2009
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{Click here to see all the on-the-side Thanksgiving side dish and dessert recipes I’ve shared over the years.} When I mentioned to my mother that I was planning to make a traditional herb stuffing this weekend, she replied, “You should bake it in muffin tins!” She had just read an article in The New York […]

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Classic Pecan Pie

November 12, 2009
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I have to admit, whenever I hear the words “pecan pie” I immediately think of the line “But I would be proud to partake of your pecan piiiiiiiiie…” from that sweet museum scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Harry is gearing up to ask Sally out: It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years […]

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