Category Archives: Holidays

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

I like to have mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner because they go so well with turkey gravy – and when you have good gravy it’s a shame not to use up as much of it as possible. Sometimes, as an alternative, I like to make sweet potatoes instead. Not only do they add a totally different flavor to the meal, but they add a ton ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble Topping

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble Topping, whole

In addition to chocolate pumpkin pie, there is one other variation on traditional pie that turn to when I want something a little different than the traditional plain pie: crumble-topped pumpkin pie. I start with the same basic custard filling that I use for a regular pumpkin pie and make a little bit of a streusel mixture to sprinkle on top before baking. Pecans are ... Read More »

Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Blackberry Sauce

I’ve noticed, over the past few years, that recipes for cranberry sauce are calling for less and less sugar. Maybe it’s just the type of cranberry sauce that I’ve had, but cranberries have such a great natural tartness to them that I’ve never tasted a cranberry sauce that was too sweet. I far prefer cranberry sauces that are a little on the sweeter side because ... Read More »

Caramelized Onion Stuffing

Caramelized Onion Stuffing

Stuffing – also known as dressing, depending on what part of the country you’re from and what your family traditions are – is a traditional Thanksgiving side dish made with bread and seasoned with spices and vegetables, either baked inside the turkey or cooked on the side. I am a firm believer that stuffing should have both a simple ingredient list and a crispy top ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Scary cupcake-theme Hallowen pumpkin!

Halloween pumpkin template

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you’re all done with your Halloween baking and are ready to sit back, carve a pumpkin and eat some candy this evening. My pumpkin this year had a definite baking theme: a skeletal arm holding up a cupcake. It was fairly easy to carve using a fine-blade pumpkin knife (one of the really, really thin ones). There are two tricks ... Read More »

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