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Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving!

The days are quickly ticking by and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Since it’s such a big food holiday here in the US, it’s often the case that dishes must be prepped ahead of time and oven space (and time) carefully allotted to everything in advance. In honor of the planning of the holiday, I’m devoting this whole week to Thanksgiving recipes ... Read More »

How to choose a roasting pan

Mauviel Roasting Pan

A crowd-feeding turkey is the biggest thing that some of us cook during the year, and that often means that we need special cookware to accommodate its size and shape, while most oven-roasted meats and vegetables do just fine in smaller and shallower pans. A roasting pan should be big and fairly deep, about 3-4 inches, to hold all the drippings from your roast and ... Read More »

Sour Cream and Green Onion Biscuits

Sour Cream and Green Onion Biscuits

Biscuits are great dinner sides. They’re tasty, and putting together a batch is actually very quick and easy – especially when you compare it to relatively time consuming alternatives, like making yeasted dinner rolls. Biscuits are usually made to be plain, with all of their flavor coming from butter, buttermilk or cream included in the dough. As a result, they can be served with all ... Read More »

Best American Side Dishes

Best American Side Dishes

When it comes to the holidays, main courses tend to stay on the traditional side. Roast turkeys, crown roasts, brisket and glazed ham are all pretty much par for the course, depending on the precise holiday and what size crowd you’re planning to feed. The side dishes are where you can really branch out and tailor the meal to some of your favorite tastes, even ... Read More »

How to add fruit to pancakes

Pancakes with berries

Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off breakfast, but getting the fruit inside the pancakes can be surprisingly difficult. Stirring the berries into the batter seems like the best way to combine the two elements, though stirring can cause berries to burst and discolor the batter. Discoloration only gets worse when you use frozen berries, which don’t need to pop before they start ... Read More »

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

It’s nice to have some kind of pumpkin dessert out around Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie may be the most popular, or at least the most prevalent, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin. This pumpkin chiffon cake is one of my favorite alternatives to pumpkin pie. It is light and airy, as chiffon cakes get a lot of their lift from ... Read More »

Soup and Cracker Mug

Soup and Cracker Mug

I often have soup in a large coffee mug when I’m eating by myself. I do it partially because I like how easy the handle makes it to hold the soup, but primarily because it’s very convenient to fill the mug up and stick it in the microwave. If I have bread or crackers with the soup, I usually stick them on a separate plate. ... Read More »

Easy French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I like to make soup frequently in the winter. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it also gives me an extra outlet for freshly-baked breads, since just about every soup is better with a bit of bread dipped into it. French onion soup is one soup that bread is essential to because the traditional way to finish off the soup is with a ... Read More »

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