Category Archives: Savory Side Dishes and Salads

Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

I have a soft spot for jellied cranberry sauce as a Thanksgiving side dish, as that was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, but these days I am much more likely to make my own cranberry sauce with fresh berries to serve as a holiday side (and that includes Homemade Cranberry Jelly). I like cranberry sauces that the sweet-tart flavor of the ... Read More »

Browned Butter and Sage Stuffing with Walnuts and Cranberries

Browned Butter and Sage Stuffing

Thanksgiving is stuffing season as far as I’m concerned. I occasionally make it during the rest of the year, but I always do several batches around Thanksgiving and between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A basic stuffing (or dressing, if you come from a region where that name is more widely used) is a seasoned bread (or other starch) and vegetable mixture, cooked inside the turkey or ... Read More »

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Biscuits

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Biscuits

It is hard to beat a flaky, buttery buttermilk biscuit. They’re quick and easy to make, and ready to eat almost as soon as they come out of the oven. They also take to other flavors very well – and I’m not just talking about the fact that they can easily served with jam at breakfast and alongside chili at dinner. I’m talking about the ... Read More »

Tropical Fruit Ambrosia


Ambrosia is one of those mysterious dishes that would show up at picnics and pot lucks all throughout my childhood, but was rarely seen anywhere else. It was a concoction that incorporated lots of fruit and mini marshmallows in a sweet, creamy sauce. The “sauce” portion usually involved something like sour cream, mayonnaise, Cool Whip or whipped cream. As a kid, I liked that fact ... Read More »

Duchess Potatoes

Piping duchess potatoes

I am a big fan of mashed potatoes and, unless I’m eating them every night with dinner, I don’t tire of them easily. But as with chocolate chip cookies, I like a little variety now and again and don’t want to make the same recipe over and over without trying anything new. In this case, the “new” recipe I’m talking about is an old one: ... Read More »

Huge Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire puddings with jam!

Yorkshire puddings are big, puffy popovers with a different name. The difference between the two is that popovers are usually cooked in a bit of butter or oil, while Yorkshire puddings are usually cooked in beef drippings, or meat fat that has come off of a nice roast. I find that the names are interchangeable most of the time on most menus and I tend ... Read More »

Bacon, Pumpkin and Pecan Stuffing

Bacon, Pumpkin and Pecan Stuffing, plated

I think that the name Bacon, Pumpkin and Pecan Stuffing alone should be enough to sell almost anyone on giving this tasty stuffing recipe a try. I love making stuffing for Thanksgiving and will often make several batches in the weeks leading up to the big holiday to fine tune my recipes and try variations. This is one of them. I’ve put sausage in stuffing ... Read More »

Buttermilk Cornmeal Biscuits

Biscuits with Cornmeal

As much as I love homemade bread, I have a very strong affinity for biscuits because they allow me to get that homemade bread feeling and flavor in just a few minutes without waiting around for yeast dough to rise and proof. Yes, biscuits are a type of bread, but they are a quick type of bread and I can always appreciate that on a ... Read More »

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