Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving etiquette tips. Who needs ‘em? We all do! Whether you’re hosting or joining someone else for Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or other big event types of dinners, it is that time of year when nerves can be sensitive and tempers sometimes short. Couple that with free-flowing booze and the potential for fireworks increases. We’ve all endured the […]

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As a former editor of mine once said, “who doesn’t need more Bourbon around the holidays?”  These sweet potatoes are a standard item on our Thanksgiving menu, one that I’m told cannot go away. This year, I modified it for a Kitchen Confidence client who needed a non-alcoholic version for kiddos. This would pair equally […]

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I realize some people don’t love fennel as much as I do. But I think even more have simply never had it. Pity. Maybe I can persuade you to try it? When we’re preparing a meal that has so many rich, baked, braised, roasted, covered-in-gravy type components, a nice tart, crunchy salad is perfectly refreshing to have as […]

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If you want something as a “ta- da” dish — a centerpiece that’s not meat, I’ve got some dishes to consider. First, think of the all the sides that we love. Many or most of them don’t require any meat or meat stock to be crowd pleasing. People love stuffing and gravy. Why not do […]

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Gathered from friends old and new, these recipes are going to make you and yours very happy. Promise. And having recipes borrowed from friends makes me feel connected, even while we’re apart. An Interesting Option First I invite you to join me in one of my most precious holiday traditions: the reading of the turkey-in-a-hole […]

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I’ll be posting something here every day between now and Thanksgiving so bookmark this now and you can check back at your leisure.  Are you wondering about a new side dish or maybe ready to try a new dessert? If you’re like me, this is the best and most insane time of year. So much […]

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This fragrant blend of herbs and spices is perfect on roast turkey, roast chicken, pork. I’d even try it on Irvin’s Homemade Potato Chips. I mix this DIY spice blend into softened butter and roll up in a log. Pats of fragrant butter goes in butterflake bread, between the turkey breast meat and skin, all […]

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When you’ve got a house full of guests, making breakfast or brunch can be daunting. This Strata is easy to prep, in fact it must rest overnight before baking so it leaves you free to mix Mimosas or enjoy a leisurely cuppa while it bakes. It’s also one of the recipes that’s handy for eating […]

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In my Essential Kitchen Equipment series, I’m going to share overviews of what I consider to be the items no kitchen should be without. I’m not talking about the latest gadget. I’m talking about maybe a dozen or so simple items you must have to make your kitchen hum. Of course one could spend endless amounts on […]

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