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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

A great pumpkin pie should have a creamy, rich texture, a great pumpkin flavor and a good balance of spices to it. It shouldn’t be overly dense, heavy or coarsely textured. I am a big fan of pumpkin pie – especially during fall or close to Thanksgiving – and I love making it at home. This is my Perfect Pumpkin Pie, one that I’ve tweaked ... Read More »

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Browned Butter

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Browned Butter

Brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables that have a reputation of being difficult to like. The leafy green vegetables look like miniature cabbages – mostly because they are related to cabbages – with a mild, cabbage like flavor. They can be prepared in a number of different ways, but the best way to prepare them, without a doubt, is to roast them in the ... Read More »

What is a sugar pumpkin?

Sugar pumpkin and regular pumpkin

Alongside the big, decorative pumpkins typically used for making jack-o-lanterns around Halloween that they stock at most markets, you’ll also see smaller pumpkins with names like “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.” Large pumpkins tend to have watery and stringy flesh, so they’re not a great choice for cooking with. Sugar pumpkins, on the other hand, are an excellent choice for cooking and baking applications. These ... Read More »

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 »

No Knead Pumpkin Dinner Bread

No Knead Pumpkin Dinner Bread

I love serving homemade dinner rolls for dinner, especially when I’m making a big meal for a big occasion, such as Thanksgiving dinner. The problem with dinner rolls is that they’re a little time consuming to make – especially if you’re going to make a big batch of rolls – because you need to shape each and every one. I am actually pretty quick at ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Cardamom Sweet Potato Pie

Brown Sugar Cardamom Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie makes a nice change from pumpkin pie when you’re looking for a fall dessert to serve at a family dinner or to bring to Thanksgiving. Similar to pumpkin pie, sweet potato pies are made with pureed sweet potatoes and spices that are mixed into a custard with eggs, milk and sugar before baking. Also like pumpkin pie, many sweet potato pies tend ... Read More »

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brandy Buttercream Frosting

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brandy Buttercream Frosting

You know you’re on the right track with a cake recipe when the kitchen smells fantastic while your cake is in the oven. In fairness, not everything that smells great will turn out perfectly, but I tend to think that it increases the odds. This pumpkin cake is one that will fill your kitchen up with the fantastic scents of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg ... Read More »

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