Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving With All The Trimmings

 I know I have expressed this sentiment a number of times already, but seriously, where did fall go? The holiday season really did sneak up me this year, but I feel like this year, more than ever, we could all use a little extra holiday cheer and merriment. 

Deep breath, Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! I love how at this time of year the leaves look like something that was captured from an oil painting; the colors are always so vibrant, and it really does paint such a perfect background for Thanksgiving. I love the family time, traditions, time spent around a table, stories and that old feeling of nostalgia that holidays always bring about. I’m sure your family is like mine, where you have your family recipes that are handwritten on well-worn index cards that have been passed down from previous generations. However, if you are looking for a few new recipes to try or maybe some that or slightly easier or serve a few less people, below are a few great ones that anyone and everyone will love!

Ina Garten’s Roasted-Turkey Roulade// If you have been following my blog for a while than you are well aware of the fact that one of my lifelong dreams is just to cook in the kitchen with Ina Garten and Jennifer Gadner. My family actually made this exact recipe a couple Thanksgivings ago, and it is amazing! For a turkey recipe, it was actually pretty easy to do and it turns out so moist and delicious! Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who is not a turkey fan; it’s seriously amazing!


Ina Garten Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast// This is the turkey recipe that we are planning to make in my family this year. It’s the perfect serving size for the amount of people who will be at our Thanksgiving dinner, it takes under three to prepare and cook, and any Ina Garten recipe always turns out picture perfect {or at the very least taste amazing}.


Southern Living Classic Cornbread Dressing Recipe// What is Thanksgiving without dressing or stuffing? I’m almost embarrassed to say that I just recently learned that the difference between stuffing and dressing is stuffing is what you actually stuff the turkey with and dressing is what you serve on the side… I always thought they were two in the same… Anyhow, this dressing recipe is absolutely amazing! However, if you are looking for something a little less time consuming Stove Top Stuffing and this Williams Sonoma Cornbread Stuffing mix are two delicious and easy alternatives!


Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole// In my family this recipe is a holiday must for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. It is such and classic holiday comfort food and just always seems to tie the entire meal together.


The Best Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese// Mac and Cheese is like the one food that basically everyone loves at any age. This recipe is about as old-fashioned mac and cheese as you can get; baked in the oven, the perfect amount of cheese, and topped with panko crumbs 


Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes// I mean, it is 2020 after all, why not microwave it where you can and take a little of the holiday stress off your shoulders? And honestly, I have tried countless mashed potato recipes and I have yet to make one from scratch that taste as good as Bob Evans…


Khalil Hymore’s Parker House Rolls// I feel like there’s basically an unwritten rule that exist, say you must have Parker House Rolls at any and all holiday table. This is an amazing recipe, but these Sister Schubert Parker House Style Rolls are honestly just as good!


Bourbon Pecan Pie// No matter how you choose to pronounce ‘pecan’ this recipe is so good, it will make you want to cry


Bourbon Milk Punch// A festive holiday drink is a must for any occasion, and this drink mix is sooo good and so festive for this time of year! 

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