• Green Bean Casserole
    Dinner,  Side Dish,  Thanksgiving,  Vegetable

    Green Bean Casserole

    This is not your traditional green bean casserole, and many people may not even consider it one.  But I wanted to try and make a richer flavor profile while keeping the classic look.    I make mine using something very similar to a mac-and-cheese base.  I start with a roux, add some milk, and melt in some gruyere cheese to really give it a unique flavor.  You could use other cheese options or even add some warm season spices to. While you could try and make your own crispy onions, store bought in this case are just way easier and consistent; no need to spend that effort. Store bought is…

  • Turkey Pot Pie
    Dinner,  Thanksgiving

    Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

    If you are anything like my family, you have lots of leftovers and unused ingredient around the house after Thanksgiving. It’s also bitterly cold here today, so all I want is something warm and hearty. Enter the Leftover Turkey Pot Pie. This is a super delicious meal that fills and warms you and I was able to make it with kitchen staples and leftovers from around the house. To quote Ina “How easy is that?” Whatever you have around the house will work just fine, just throw it in the pot!!! I personally used some homemade pie dough based on Ina Garten’s recipe, it was pretty easy and I had…

  • Orange Tarragon Rainbow Carrots
    Side Dish,  Thanksgiving,  Vegetable

    Orange Tarragon Rainbow Carrots

    I really love rainbow carrots, they add a fun pop of color variation that makes them look great.  The purple ones are especially fun as the color changes inside so it provides even more visual interest.  For this recipe, I wanted a bright, fresh note to go with some of the more savory sides and turkey for Thanksgiving.  To do that, I added Tarragon, which has become one of my favorite herbs, and some orange to tie it in with my turkey recipe. What I really love about these carrots is that they are the easiest side to whip up last minute while you let your turkey rest for your…

  • Orange Bourbon Glazed Turkey
    Dinner,  Thanksgiving

    Orange-Bourbon Glazed Turkey

    Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving season? There is just so much good food to go around, but the centerpiece for me is always the Turkey. We tried brining this year for the first time and I was very happy with the result. Ultimately, whether or not to brine is a personal taste. We have done both ways now and both were very good but were slightly different. I did a 24 hour wet brine followed by a short (2-3 hour) dry brine to set the skin. I coated the whole thing in a compound butter and let the oven do its magic!! The result: super browned crispy skin and great flavor…

  • Roasted Parsnips Puree
    Side Dish,  Thanksgiving,  Vegetable

    Roasted Parsnips Puree

    Parsnips are one of those under-rated root veggies, but I love them. We actually figured out that we liked them while making a beef stew at a cooking class. We had never really thought about them too much, as they don’t feature prominently, but we found out that we were really missing out on their great flavor. They have a slightly woody flavor that is really different than anything like potatoes or carrots that makes them a fun alternative. What I love about this puree is that it makes for an interesting substitute for mashed potatoes or as a base for other veggies or meat. Another perk is that you…

  • Mashed Potatoes
    Dinner,  Side Dish,  Thanksgiving

    Shallot-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are something my husband feels very strongly about, they need to be light and smooth but full of flavor. The trick we have found is steaming the potatoes instead of boiling. The ideal potato to me is Yukon Golds, they have a lot of natural flavor and the right structure to make that light and creamy mash. For a more rustic look, you could leave the skin on, but be careful as this can impact the smooth texture if that is what you are going for. Also never put potatoes in a blender, this damages the structure and makes the mashed potatoes gummy. You really should use a…

  • Apple Fennel Stuffing
    Side Dish,  Thanksgiving

    Apple Fennel Stuffing

    To say that I am a fan of stuffing is probably a bit of an understatement, it is one of my favorite fall/winter side dishes. My family loves it so much we have TWO different kinds at Thanksgiving.  Of the various types, I personally prefer mine to be slightly moist and sticky, but not soggy. This stuffing with apple and fennel is my favorite.  I love the crisp, sweet apple with that unique fennel flavor.  As an added bonus, the fennel replaces celery, which my husband can’t stand; it’s a win-win! After a bit of experimenting, I found that the bread is really key, it needs to be just right…