Nov 25

Thanksgiving Dinner

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned yet?  Or are you mostly ready, but have a few things left to figure out?  Or maybe you’re one of those people who had it all planned out a month ago, down to what table linens you’re going to use, what foods will go into what dishes, and who will be sitting where?  If you’re one of those people, I’m jealous!  I’m in the camp of people who plans for a month and then changes everything at the last minute.  I’m a nightmare.  Seriously.  So if you find yourself still needing to make menu decisions, I’m here for you.  Here is a list of ideas that may help you out! [Read More…]


Nov 20

Mashed Cauliflower with Turkey Gravy

I’ve been in a huge mashed potato mood lately.  Seriously people, I have a problem!  I could easily eat them every day.  Instead of loading up on mashed potatoes, I’ve been trying to keep things lighter, so have been making a big pot of mashed cauliflower at least once a week.  I’ve eaten so much mashed cauliflower lately that I may actually be turning into a head of cauliflower.  (Wait, can that happen?)  My habit shows no signs of changing, as I will be making another big pot of mashed cauliflower next week for our Thanksgiving meal (7 more days!). [Read More…]


Turkey Gravy

If you’ve got turkey, you’ve gotta have gravy.  Am I right?  I’d also like to say that if you’ve made a turkey, then you’d be crazy not to use the drippings to make that gravy.  If you make my Lemon Fennel Roast Turkey, set aside those drippings, and then use them to make that gravy…oh [...]

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Lemon and Fennel Roast Turkey

Let’s talk turkey—pièce de résistance of most Thanksgiving tables and also the one food item that has many a horror story attached to it.  Do you have one?  I LOVE Thanksgiving turkey, but the first time I actually had to cook one, I’ll admit that I was terrified.  I think I spent the week of [...]

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Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it [...]

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Aloo Tikki Egg Bennys from the Aarti Paarti Cookbook

November and December are my two favorite months of the year.  I love the holidays.  I love the chance to refocus on what is most important in my life and to celebrate those things with others.  I also love the colors, smells, flavors, sounds, and traditions that go with these months.  I recently received a review [...]

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Graham Cracker Brownies

Graham Cracker Brownies.  Those three words immediately make me think of my grandma.  She has been making these gooey squares since my dad was a little boy.  I once asked one of my uncles what his favorite thing was that his mom made.  My grandma is a phenomenal cook, and so I expected . . [...]

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Pick Your Prize Giveaway!

Am I the only one that seems to have a slow start getting back into the swing of things during the week?  I seem to limp along on Mondays.  Well, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, then maybe this will wake you up!  I have teamed up with a group [...]

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Pumpkin Spice Cakelettes on KSL Studio 5

7 more days until Halloween!  My kids are counting down the days.  Our yearly family Halloween party is tomorrow, and they can hardly wait to don their new Halloween costumes for the first time this year.  Their excitement is infectious, so our house has a bit of Halloween fever.  To share the fun, I did [...]

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Vegetable Yaki Udon for a Moon Viewing Bento

Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class.

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