Spiced Nuts Trio

Warning, the items made from the following recipes are very addictive.  Putting them out for your family to snack on prior to Thanksgiving dinner may result in some appetites being spoiled.  Sometimes, the heavenly aromas that occur while they bake cause the nuts to never even make it out of the kitchen.   I almost didn’t have a photo of the Rosemary Roasted Cashews to share

Gingerbread Waffles and “THE” Bacon

So I think that it is safe to say that over the past two weeks, I have pretty much covered all of the traditional Thanksgiving recipe categories.  All of them, that is, except for the green vegetable.  I’ll have a stellar brussels sprouts dish (no, that is not an oxymoron) for you on Monday.  Let’s face it, nobody wants to read about vegetables over the

Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Caramelized Shallot Gravy

Well, I’m sure that you were wondering when my turkey recipe would make its grand appearance.  You certainly didn’t think that I was going to leave it for Wednesday night, did you?  Of course this means that my husband will be eating turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner up until the time that we leave for our Thanksgiving trip, when he will start eating turkey

Potato, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese Gratin

I am not a big mashed potato fan.  I know, it’s un-American.  I just think that there are so many better ways to prepare potatoes and, so often, mashed potatoes end up being bland, too starchy, or lost under that huge pool of butter.  So, I’m sorry to say that I will not be offering up my “Go-To Foolproof Super Amazing Mashed Potato Recipe”.   Instead,

Apple, Turkey Sausage, and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

Stuffing has a very long history, going back as far as the ancient Roman period.  An old Roman cookbook that was discovered contains recipes for stuffed chicken, hare, pig and dormouse.   Most of the recipes consisted of a selection of the following ingredients:  vegetables, herbs, spices, nut, spelt (a grain), liver, brains, and various other organ meats.  Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?  You will be relieved

Decadent Chocolate Cranberry Torte

I always like to serve a chocolate dessert option at Thanksgiving.  True, the traditional flavors usually include pumpkin, apple, or pecan, but let’s be honest:  Is chocolate ever really out of place on any menu??  I actually first made this luscious torte a few years ago, for Christmas Eve dinner, but it would be great for Thanksgiving, or New Year’s for that matter.  The recipe

Cider-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

A yam is always a sweet potato but a sweet potato is not always a yam.  Most people use these two words interchangeably (I know that I do), but for all of you agricultural sticklers out there, I am going to try to do my part to help educate.  When orange flesh sweet potatoes were introduced in the southern United States, producers wanted to distinguish