Thanksgiving

Let’s Talk Leftovers: Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

November 18, 2012

There are some really fun and inventive Thanksgiving leftover ideas out there. The first dish that always comes to mind is Pink Parsley’s Turkey Cranchiladas. Different. Fun. And completely delicious. And more importantly, they look nothing like lunch and dinner from the previous 3 days. Tortillas are an awesome vehicle for leftovers. A little turkey, [...]

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Let’s Talk Leftovers: The Cranburger

November 16, 2012
The Cranburger

Thanksgiving leftovers don’t have to suck. I mean they can, and after 3 days of the same exact thing, they usually do. But they can be reimagined in non-sucking ways. Take cranberry sauce, for instance. Leftover cranberry sauce is something that I firmly believe can never be a bad thing. Cranberries themselves are good with [...]

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Let’s Talk Leftovers: Cranberry Sauce Brownies

November 15, 2012
Cranberry Brownies

Have leftover cranberry sauce? Me, too. Already. In addition to the cranberry-apricot chutney that I’ve put on everything that was slow enough for me to catch, I also tested out a new port-infused cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving. It was simple and boozy. And beautiful. And boozy. In trying to brain storm a way to [...]

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Baked Brie with Cranberry-Apricot Chutney

November 13, 2012
Baked Brie with Cranberry-Apricot Chutney

I grew up in a very small town where, by today’s standards, the “exotic” food choices weren’t exotic at all. There were many common foods that I never tried until into my mid-20s. Yet somehow in my early 20s I gained the “Martha Stewart” nickname among my girlfriends, despite being very much a connoisseur of [...]

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter. And Bacon.

November 11, 2012
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Cinnamon Butter and Bacon

Because I regularly volunteer for sweet potato duty, that traditional dish has evolved to be the revolving the door at Thanksgiving every year. My mom always makes a small dish of Candied Sweet Potatoes – you know the kind, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, a stick of butter, all buried under a bag of jumbo marshmallows. [...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

November 9, 2012
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

In my family, Thanksgiving has 3 rules. And they all involve cheese: 1) There must be broccoli & rice casserole. I can bring roasted broccoli for a healthier broccoli dish. But it has to be served alongside of – not instead of – the casserole. 2) I must make the broccoli & rice casserole. Me. [...]

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Salted Turkey with Citrus & Herbs

November 7, 2012
Salted Turkey with Citrus & Herbs

So remember how I declared the Sweet Tea Brine the greatest thing to happen to poultry since deep frying? Well, let’s talk about the pretty darn close runner-up: the “dry brined” turkey. We got the idea for the salted turkey from Bridget’s blog. Her high praise for the technique last year is what put the [...]

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Turkey Tester Throwdown: Brining vs Salting

November 4, 2012
Brining vs Salting a Turkey or Chicken

Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly set and we’re testing out the few new items that made their way onto the menu over the next couple of weeks. We ended up not being able to completely agree on the turkey recipe so we thought we’d just make both, throwdown style. The winner’s turkey recipe would be [...]

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