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…

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…

pumpkins for Thanksgiving

Everyone likes to display a pumpkin on their porch for Halloween, but I love to keep my pumpkins through Thanksgiving.  I usually prefer a display of many pumpkins or squash types.  This year I have a green pumpkin on my porch, along with smaller pie pumpkins in my lower windows. Along with the pumpkins, I…

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…

potatoes chantilly

these potatoes are absolutely delicious.  if you are looking for a recipe for old-fashioned scalloped potatoes that is creamy and extremely tasty, look no further.  i used two different recipes to come up with the outcome of a classic look and an upscale taste.  i used 3 Yukon gold potatoes and 3 red potatoes for…

molasses walnut tarts for thanksgiving

traditionally for thanksgiving, most serve pie.  i thought i would try individual nut tarts this year for something different.  these tarts have a distinct molasses taste, and seemed to be just the right size for a sweet dessert after a large thanksgiving meal.  i found this recipe in my magazine collection of recipes that i…

one pan pumpkin bread

this is pumpkin season.  and, i highly recommend this bread recipe. i have made it for many years and always enjoy the flavor and texture of this bread.  if you are using a box mix, get rid of it today.  this bread is flavorful, tasty, and can be made in one bowl. one of the…

nigella’s pecan tart

  from my childhood, i remember bowls of nuts around the house during thanksgiving and christmas with old-fashioned metal hand nut crackers.  i really haven’t thought much about that custom for years, but this year, i decided to make a pecan tart for christmas day.  i found a recipe in nigella lawson’s christmas cookbook, which…

sweet potato puree

from Ina’s most recent cookbook comes this recipe for sweet potato puree.  i decided to try these potatoes for thanksgiving this year, and the recipe was delicious.  i use a vegetable steamer for most vegetables, but had not tried this technique for potatoes.  i must say that the sweet potatoes cooked perfectly without becoming mushy in…

cornbread madeleines

for thanksgiving, i always make sure to have an offering that includes corn, as a tribute to the pilgrims.  this year, i made cornbread madeleines.  this was a twist on the traditional sponge cakes that are light and airy and not too sweet. the best madeleine pans are shiny and made from heavy gauge tin. …