Pumpkin Almond Cookies for Halloween and Thanksgiving

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Yesterday my six-year-old son asked me if next year we could please get some "gory" and "really scary" Halloween decorations.Apparently our current decorations are "cute."The truth is, I love "cute!" Gory and scary . . . not so much.  For me Halloween is simply a fun part of fall -- it's harvest time, it's … [Read more...]

Upside Down Olive Oil-Apricot-Carrot Cake Recipe

Up Side Down Carrot Cake with Olive Oil - Cooking On The Weekends

Are you bringing a dessert to your Thanksgiving soirée? This carrot cake will be perfect!  It's quick, easy, super yummy, and beautiful!  Pretty and fun -- and just light enough to be a delightful finale to your Thanksgiving turkey and side dishes.While my usual preferred dessert fare features chocolate or nutella, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey - truly AMAZING!

As you know from yesterday's Cornbread Stuffing recipe, Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food memories for me -- and it happens to be my favorite holiday!  After all, it's all about food!I go nuts with the turkey, and I love the entire process.  If time permits,  I highly recommend brining your turkey.  Brining … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Recipe with Sherried Mushroom Sauté {Gluten-Free}

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My mom used to start cooking her Thanksgiving stuffing at least a week before the holiday. The aromas of caramelized onions and fresh herbs were drifting through our house for days.   The whole week, I could always smell Thanksgiving as I'd walk down our block on my way home from school.The cooking, tasting, and … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving-Recipe-Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious.  Don't try to tell me otherwise!  And here, they are covered in a light hazelnut brown butter.  You don't really need to hear much more than "brown butter" to want to make this, right?Even if you think turkey, stuffing, cranberries, or Apple-Sweet Potato Soup are the best part of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Sweet Potato Soup with Shallot “Croutons”

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I was thrilled when my friend Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat invited me to participate in her Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge! Cathy's challenge is all about making an amazingly delicious Thanksgiving feast, without a lot of fat and salt.I did it!  Well, not the whole feast, but a delicious first course of Apple Yam … [Read more...]