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Cranberry, Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Cranberry, Pancetta and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of a big holiday meal, largely because I rarely have stuffing the rest of the year. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing (and the name largely depends on what region of the country you live in), it is a staple for most of us around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stuffing, unfortunately, can get a little bit boring when ... Read More »

Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Tart

Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Tart

Cranberry sauce is a staple for most holiday tables, no matter what kind of roast you are preparing. The sweet-tart berries provide a burst of flavor to contrast with some of the richness of other holiday dishes and they add a pop of color to the table. Leftover cranberry sauce is a great ingredient to bake with, too, and I use it regularly in bar ... Read More »

5 Pies You Should Bake for Thanksgiving

Cannoli Pie

I always have a pumpkin pie at my Thanksgiving dinner because it’s something of a tradition for my family. We’ve always had a pumpkin pie – and this works out well for me, since I am a big pumpkin pie fan. But not everyone likes pumpkin pie as much as I do, so I always have at least one other dessert to serve at Thanksgiving ... Read More »

Tips for Troubleshooting Pie Crusts

piecrust

Pie crusts are intimidating to many bakers because we always hear how difficult and temperamental they are to make. Pie crusts are not that difficult to make, but there are quite a few problems that you can encounter with them and, unfortunately, sometimes you won’t know what is wrong with a pie until after you have baked it, so make sure to read through these ... Read More »

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin pie is a traditional part of than Thanksgiving meal for many families, such as staple that it is as expected as the turkey. I am a big pumpkin pie fan myself, but there are times when I am hosting people who just aren’t pie lovers or I simply want to do something a little different with my pumpkin while still making a dessert that ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

This is a wonderful time of year because there are so many opportunities for baking, with several major holidays just around the corner and regular holiday parties and events with friends. You don’t need an excuse to bake, of course, but it never hurts to have an excuse to make something a little extra special for dessert. Use Real Butter made Rolled Pistachio Baklava. These ... Read More »

Flaky Sour Cream Biscuits

Flaky Sour Cream Biscuits

Biscuits are a quick and easy thing to make when you want to serve bread as a side dish, either on a weeknight or during a big holiday meal like Thanksgiving. I often use buttermilk in my biscuits because it adds a nice flavor to them and helps to tenderize the dough. Buttermilk isn’t the only ingredient that makes a great biscuit, however, and these ... Read More »

Muffin Tops Baking Cups

Muffin Tops Fred

There are a few definitions of “muffin tops.” One is the delicious top portion of a muffin that has just the right ratio of golden exterior to fluffy interior. For some, muffin tops are even better than whole muffins. The other definition of a muffin top is a little bit less delicious and refers, according to Wikipedia, to “overhanging fat that spills over the waistline ... Read More »

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