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Thanksgiving

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Chilly morning?  Cozy up with these Fresh Cranberry Scones ~ they’re moist and flaky, loaded with lots of tart cranberries, and a touch of white chocolate ~ all topped with a vanilla bean glaze.…

Buttered Rutabaga ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Buttered Rutabagas

Buttered Rutabagas were a staple on our Thanksgiving table when I was growing up and I’m revisiting them today ~ these delicious pale orange turnips are misunderstood and probably the most overlooked veggie in the produce section.…

Braised Red Cabbage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Braised Red Cabbage

I’ll tell you one thing, Braised Red Cabbage might not be the most glamorous dish on the holiday table, but it provides a perfect sweet/tart element that brings everything else on your plate to life.  Plus you can’t beat…

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Side Dishes ~ is your Thanksgiving table a sea of drab neutrals?  What a turnoff!  Wake up everybody’s taste buds with these 15 vibrant recipes.…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad

This pretty vegan Ancient Grain Salad is so versatile, it goes from holiday table to working lunch without skipping a beat, and it’s as healthy as it is stunning. save the recipe! It’s all about the texture!   This…

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes topped with mini marshmallows are a fun side dish for any day of the week

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

It’s always fun to grocery shop during the holidays, the produce section is filled to bursting with so many seasonal favorites.  I’ve never seen such a mountain of sweet potatoes like the one in my supermarket the other day. …

Gravy made with Swanson Broth

Perfect Gravy Without the Bird

What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving — the gorgeous bird?  The ruby red cranberry sauce?  The pies?  Family time?  Wrong.  The absolute best part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  You know what I’m talking about.  After all the warm…

Harvest Kale Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing because salad love doesn’t stop when the calendar switches over to fall… Is everybody ready for Thanksgiving?  I hope so, because it’s right around the corner.  I made this Harvest Salad with Pomegranate…

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy! Ever since I made my own Irish Cream I’ve been itching to try…

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream proves that you don’t have to give up frozen treats just because the temperatures are dropping and the calendar says it’s Fall. I went back and forth whether to offer up a unique take on…

White Turkey Chili

Creamy White (leftover) Turkey Chili

Creamy White (leftover) Turkey Chili is a luscious creamy white chili that gets raves every time ~ best of all, the slow cooker does all the work and you get all the glory! Morning friends!   I hope yesterday…

Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs ~ tender meatballs in a cranberry bourbon barbecue sauce ~ oh yeah! You know how I feel about meatballs, they’re nature’s perfect food — bite sized, full of protein, easy to make, they reinvent themselves…

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Minimal Monday: Honeyed Parsnips

If you need a last minute side dish that your dinner guests most likely won’t have had before, try this.  It’s super simple.  Parsnips are the sweeter and creamier version of carrots, and they caramelize beautifully in a hot…

12 Winter Salads for Your Holiday Table

What are the non-negotiables on your holiday tables?  When I was growing up we always had to have my great grandmother’s stewed red cabbage, and my Aunt Carol’s boiled rutabagas.  But living in California I’ve come to do things…

Healthy Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts is the perfect fall and holiday salad, it’s healthy and bursting with colorful fruits and nuts in every bite. Why do I only think about wild rice once a year?  Every November,…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate, a healthy side dish

Minimal Monday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate is a super easy fall and holiday side dish that dresses up any table and will make Brussels sprout fans out of everyone! Everybody knows by now that if you lightly coat Brussels sprouts…

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup recipe 8

Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup

My Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup is healthy, warm, satisfying, and the most gorgeous shade of crimson you’ve ever seen! I’m not sure what I love more about this Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, the astonishing color, or the flavor, which…

Old Fashioned Spiced Crab Apples 3

Old Fashioned Spiced Crab Apples

I love vintage recipes, they’re a great way to shake things up in the kitchen because they come to you complete with a whole different set of food rules and values.  This one for Spiced Crab Apples goes back…

Easy Homemade Gifts for the Host

I know some of you are hosting the big meal tomorrow, but since there is only one host at any given Thanksgiving table, chances are many of you are going to be guests.  And you can’t possibly show up…

Thanksgiving with a Twist (16 unconventional recipes)

Every year I dutifully cook up a pot of my German great-grandmother’s braised red cabbage, even though, with each passing year, fewer and fewer people actually help themselves to so much as a shred of it.  I do it…

It’s 5:00 Somewhere Friday: “The Frozen Turkey”

The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me! Reserve plenty of real estate on the holiday dessert table for this, I’m telling you, it’s going to…

Provencal Style Stuffed Onions

Provencal Style Stuffed Onions are a wonderfully elegant and easy French inspired side dish that goes from holiday feasts to everyday meals. Onions are the workhorses of the kitchen and the foundation of so many billions of dishes across…

3 days and counting…Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

I’m sure you expected better of me, but here we are three days and counting and I don’t have a menu plan for Thanksgiving.  It’s going to be a little bit different around here this year.  For one thing,…

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Country Sausage and Sage is hands down the best stuffing I’ve ever had.  The flavors are phenomenal, and to be honest, when you’ve got a stuffing like this, you don’t really need the turkey at…

Moist and delicious Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread is the perfect side for all your fall soups, stews, and chilis.   It definitely deserves a spot on your Holidays tables, too. Cornbread is one of the easier things to make, which must be why it’s such…

Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Hot Pepper Cranberry Jam

Hot Pepper Cranberry Jam is one of these recipes you just have to try to understand.  If you’re a fan of hot pepper jelly, this is for you ~ the tart and tangy cranberries marry up perfectly with the…

Brussels Sprout Gratin

I’m under the weather today. I haven’t been sick in a really long time and  I almost forgot how it feels. It feels crappy. And when I get sick I get hungry.  Ravenous, actually.  And if I don’t make…