Cinnamon Raisin Pumpkin Bread

I really liked how my pumpkin quick breads turned out so I wanted to try out a yeast based pumpkin bread for good measure! Yeast breads do take a little bit longer so these kinds of recipes end up being good weekend projects. I decided to combine the flavor of pumpkin bread with the ingredients of cinnamon raisin bread. The joining of these two were really tasty! Since this recipe yields 2 loaves I decided to try out 2 ways of baking them. With one loaf I baked it free form and the other I baked in a loaf pan. The photo below features the free form loaf and I have to say I just like the shape and texture of it better than the pan loaf. The combination of the spices, raisin and pumpkin flavor were really delicious! It was really good toasted with a little maple butter spread on top.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

Cranberry sauce is my favorite condiment/side dish on Thanksgiving. I really like the more creative tricks to the traditional recipe. My favorite so far has been a Gingered Cranberry Sauce, but I have tried a variation with Pinot Noir which was also very tasty. This cranberry sauce is infused with pure pomegranate juice (no cocktails please) and the combination is pretty much perfect. The pomegranate juice has a slightly sweeter flavor than the cranberries so it’s a great way to make the sauce sweeter without adding additional sugar.

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Mains

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and main courses. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get creative with a lot of different dishes!

Main Courses:

Ginger and Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast


Side Dishes:

Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Dil

Garlic Mashed Potatoes








Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gruyere, and Sage








Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Gingered Cranberry Sauce








Garlic and Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprout

Roasted Beets


Chicken and Butternut Squash Stew with Preserved Lemons

This stew is a great combination of Fall and middle eastern flavors. The recipe brings together shredded chicken, butternut squash, chickpeas, Bulgur wheat, preserved lemons and savory spices.  This combination makes a great dinner on a cold night.  Butternut squash has been a favorite of mine for a while and once again it didn’t disappoint!  Another favorite ingredient of mine is preserved lemon which flavored the stew very nicely.  The bulgur, chickpeas and chicken made the stew extra hearty and delicious! I topped the stew with a little yogurt and lemons slices for garnish.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sadly my favorite month of the year has been over ten days but I am still celebrating Fall with new pumpkin recipes! These muffins would like to pretend they are for breakfast, but they are so delicious they seem more like a dessert. The inside is light and fluffy with gooey bits of chocolate chips all over. The flavor of the pumpkin is mild, but definitely present. I added some yogurt into the batter which gave the muffins a fluffier, creamier texture.  This recipe has lots of possibilities for variation–adding nuts or raisins would work well as a substitute for the chocolate.  If you wanted to replace the yogurt with apple sauce that would work fine too.

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French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwich

At first when I came up with the idea of a French onion grilled cheese sandwich I thought I was being original.  Turns out loads of people had though of it before me which suggests that this sandwich is a pretty good idea!  I couldn’t believe how similar it tasted to the actual soup.  The bread slices were the croutons, the melted gruyere and wine/beef stock braised onions all came together to fool my brain into thinking I was eating the real soup.  The only thing difficult about this recipe is eating it because those onions are pretty slippery.  I used potato bread which is what I had on hand but a nice crusty baguette would work nicely.  The sandwich was so tasty and really easy to put together (except for the onions that kept slipping out).  I look forward to having this again!

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