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Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

I love pumpkin pie and it has been a must for me to make every year for the holidays. Usually I make it with an all butter crust but this year I went with something that adds a bit of texture. The graham cracker allows for a crunchier crust and I would say it compliments the pumpkin pie filling nicely. The filling is deliciously spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and cloves. Make sure to whip up a batch of fresh whipped cream for topping and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

There are so many ways to tinker with the traditional cranberry sauce for the holidays, the options feel practically endless! This time for Thanksgiving I decided to take it up a notch by adding bourbon and vanilla extract to the cranberries. You can’t really go wrong with bourbon, right? Something about the flavor came through the nose more than the taste buds. You could smell the bourbon and vanilla, but you tasted the flavor of the cranberries. Similar to wine, you could say that these cranberries had a “nose.” I loved the way these cranberries came out and they will definitely become a holiday staple!

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Classic Cornbread Muffins

Classic Cornbread Muffins 2

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and there are so many different side dishes that accompany the big meal! Many tables feature rolls as a side dish but I thought it would be nice to try a slightly more rustic cornbread recipe. The muffins are surprisingly not too crumbly and retained a good amount of moisture on the inside. The outside was golden and just slightly crusty on top. Slightly sweet, not too crumbly and a pretty yellow color makes for a nice display on any Thanksgiving table! Slice open a warm muffin and pair with butter or a healthy dollop of cranberry sauce–or if you’re gunning for a food coma make it both!
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Roasted Winter Vegetables with Butternut Squash

Roasted Root Vegetable and Butternut Squash

Well it’s November and officially a few weeks away from Thanksgiving! This recipe is a great side dish for the holidays even though it’s difficult to think they are right around the corner. I even saw some Christmas commercials come on the other day which was pretty hard to believe. This recipe combines potatoes, beets and butternut squash tossed in olive oil and roasted with garlic and fresh herbs. It doesn’t get much easier than that! The flavors from each vegetable came together perfectly. Works well as a holiday side dish but is great for any time of the week during the winter.
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Italian Sausage and Apple Stuffing


There are lots of ways to make a great stuffing for the holidays and this one uses hot Italian sausage and granny smith apples to kick things up a notch.  The combination of the softened tart apples and spicy crumbled sausage was so delicious!  Instead of leaving the bread out over night or using a toaster the bread cubes are baked in the oven until brown and slightly crispy.  Everything is combined in a bowl and then baked in the oven once more.  So easy and a great side dish for the holidays! Continue Reading →

Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer I look forward to trying out new ways to serve cranberry sauce. This year I chose a cranberry sauce flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup. I also added a little brown sugar instead of white sugar to give it a little something different. The sauce turned out excellent and the flavors of maple and cinnamon were delicious together! I served this alongside my Thanksgiving staple, Gingered Cranberry Sauce, so I got a chance to compare and contrast. I liked both a lot and they each complimented the turkey perfectly.

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Turkey Sausage Soup with White Beans and Wild Rice

Turkey Sausage Soup with White Beans and Wild Rice

After Thanksgiving the food fest continues with new ways to make tasty leftovers! This recipe uses sausage but can be substituted for leftover turkey instead. It’s a perfect comfort food recipe as the days get colder and the nights get longer.  It didn’t take long to throw together either! The beans, wild rice and corn made it a very hearty meal.  I had never used turkey sausage in soup but it added some really nice flavors. I used a homemade chicken broth instead of store bought which enhanced the flavor of the soup quite a bit.  The rice absorbs a lot of the broth so make sure to have extra on hand to add in later.

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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 Desserts

And now for the real main course–dessert! Here are some delicious options perfect for your Thanksgiving table:

Pumpkin Pie

Golden Delicious Apple Crisp







Vanilla Custard Pie

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies









Mint Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Gingersnap Cookies

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