Nutty & Sweet Thanksgiving Vegetables

If there was ever a side dish that captured the essence of autumn, this easy, make-ahead roasted vegetable dish is it. I came across this recipe from Julia’s Album years ago on Pinterest, and it has become a favorite of mine to make in the fall. At last year’s Friendsgiving, I served this autumn vegetable…

Cranberry Goat Cheese Tartlets

Are you looking for an easy but super delicious appetizer this holiday season? I have you covered. The rich, creamy goat cheese and the tang & sweetness of the cranberry make these hot tartlets the perfect flavor combination to kick-off your holiday evening. Recipe Shortcut – In the holiday season, one can often find a…

Traditional Spiced Cranberry Sauce

The age old question – canned or homemade cranberry sauce? I personally have always preferred the texture and flavor of homemade cranberry sauce. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be done in advance. Thanksgiving in our family is not complete without a large bowl of this traditional, homemade sauce being passed around the table….

Harvest Ice Cream Butter Pound Cake

My husband grew up making this easy, make-ahead dessert, and he asked that I bring it back into rotation. Shortly after his request, I was contacted by TruWhip to create a holiday recipe using their delicious product. So exciting! Already being a fan of TruWhip, I knew I had to recreate my husband’s childhood dessert…

Gigi’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

My Mom, otherwise known as Gigi, is an incredible chef. I am lucky to have grown-up as a beneficiary of her cooking and an apprentice to her skills. She is modest when this is brought up but don’t let her fool you. How many nights do you deliver a dinner that consists of a protein,…

Purpled Goat Mashed Potatoes

Looking for a way to spruce up your traditional spuds recipe? Why not make them purple?! They’re unexpected and packed with a wonderful, creamy flavor with the goat cheese. Plus, they’re just fun! Ingredients  3 Pounds Peeled Purple Baking Potatoes 3/4 Cup Goat Cheese, crumbled 1 Cup Reduced Fat Milk 3 Sprigs Thyme 1 1/4…

Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an ultimate comfort food. They’re warm, fluffy, full of flavor, and remind us of home. November is the perfect month to start whipping up mashed potatoes again. The cold weather has settled in, and you just crave them. In order to keep them on the weekly menu during the cold months though, a…

Green Bean Casserole with Balsamic Onions & Goat Cheese

I personally have never been a fan of Classic Green Bean Casserole. I know for some people it’s just a staple and you can’t live without it. For the rest of us, there’s a healthier, fresher option now. Taking the traditional ingredients of green beans, mushrooms, onions, and a crunchy top, I’ve made a new go-to for…

Thanksgiving Stuffing Bites

Every November, I like to throw a Friends Thanksgiving. I’ve done everything from a full blown Thanksgiving, sit-down dinner, to cocktails out on the town to just have a gathering of friends. When I decided to tackle a Thanksgiving Cocktail Party, I was presented with a new challenge. I wanted to serve traditional Thanksgiving food, but it had…

Bite Size Apple Pies

Dessert. Bet you can’t just have one bite. ¬†Especially if they’re bite-size. When it comes to cocktail parties, or a large dinner party, your guests are much more likely to eat your hard-effort dessert if it’s more accessible. It’s easier to pop something into one’s mouth over slicing into a large cake. Not to say…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

I love sweet potatoes. I’ll eat them baked, mashed, fried, saut√©ed…. they’re delicious. While my usual go-to is to bake them, on special occasions I create this mashed dish inspired by Ina Garten. Having always questioned the Thanksgiving favorite of marshmallows melted on yams (but have since decided is delicious – I even sometimes add…