Thanksgiving turkey tray

For an afternoon holiday appetizer tray, I found this cute idea on Pinterest. If you haven’t found Pinterest yet, I highly recommend the website as a great way to find ideas for just about anything.  I have tried many great recipes on the site, and have saved more than 11,000 pins so far into various…

Baked turkey meatballs with tomatoes

  Here is another recipe for turkey meatballs, however; this one has a great sauce of tomatoes, onions and peppers.  I have been working with this recipe and have adapted a couple to make this one my own.  Earlier on the blog, I had made a recipe from Giada’s cookbook for turkey meatballs. Her recipe…

turkey and gravy for Thanksgiving

We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year as our children were busy with work and other plans, so my husband and I enjoyed the first Thanksgiving in 40 years with just the two of us.  We met in college, and since we have been together, we have always shared the day with someone else besides…

snipping chives in November

As the leaves are falling and naturally protecting my herb garden, I can’t help but admire how the green herbs continue to thrive even in November.  I still have green onions growing and anticipate using them during the Thanksgiving holiday.  As I look at the garden, my two kinds of parsley–curled leaf and Italian leaf…

fall squash casserole

Another fall comfort food which adapts well to a casserole dish is squash.  I recently tried making this dish with a mixture of zucchini and yellow squash.  It was very tasty and could be adapted to include other herbs and seasonings as desired. Over the years, I have used several recipes to perfect this dish….

twice baked potato casserole

The chill is in the air.  Potato season is back.  Some of the best comfort foods feature potatoes, and this recipe should be classified as an all-time comfort food recipe.  It comes from Gooseberry Patch, which is a collection of recipes from home cooks around the country featured into categorized recipe books. Twice baked potatoes…

roasted lemon chicken

chicken with lemon is a delicious combination.  and, using lemon as a base for a spatchcocked bird, is just perfect. this chicken cooks very fast, in about one-third the time period, when the backbone is removed.  the skin becomes very crunchy and delicious.  we have one meal from the chicken, and then i use the…

oven baked deli sandwiches

for many years i have prepared this type of hot sandwich in the oven.  it is very easy to prepare and can be made for a large number of people very quickly. these sandwiches are great with a side salad, soup or even just chips.  hot deli sandwiches have been served for a variety of…

maple glazed roasted turkey for thanksgiving with silky gravy

over the years, i have used many glazes for thanksgiving turkeys.  this year, i used a holiday recipe from Rachael Ray.  in a saucepan, i combined 1/2 cup maple syrup with 1 stick of margarine and some chopped thyme. i used the glaze to baste my thanksgiving turkey.  i cooked the almost 12 pound turkey…

orange cranberry sauce for the holidays

Martha Stewart has several recipes for holiday cranberry sauce.  this one makes about 3 1/2 cups of sauce.  if you have guests that enjoy the flavor of cranberries, this one is also nice for turkey sandwich leftovers.  i found this recipe in Martha’s everyday food magazine. the sauce comes together very easily in about thirty…

pear and pecan turkey dressing

food network magazine presented a variety of dressing recipes in their November 2009 issue.  i decreased the quantity of ingredients to make this stuffing dish smaller for our family.  most of their recipes use up to 16 cups of toasted bread cubes.  i used only one bag of classic stuffing mix for my recipe. this…

herb roasted turkey

along with everyone else, i decide each thanksgiving how to flavor my roasted turkey.  over the years, i have tried many different recipes.  i have come back to the standard herb roasting techniques many times, as i enjoy the fresh flavors from my own garden. this thanksgiving, i went out to my herb garden and…