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Bettie Landis’ Gingerbread Cookies

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas season begins. I’m talking about the second you put down your fork after that second slice of pumpkin pie. Not (as many retailers would like you to believe) sooner, not later. And for many (most?) of us, the best part about the holidays are the cookies. I’d...

Haricots Verts with Herb Butter

God forbid you don’t have something green on the plate at Thanksgiving… you just might go on a brown and tan overload. We like to stick to the traditional green bean, though not in the traditional form of a can-of-soup-and-onion-string casserole (something that has never appealed to me). This year we were able to pick...

The Pumpkin Pie Incident

Ok, so the final product might look fine. But you have no idea what it took to get to this point. A series of disasters the day before thanksgiving forced me to wake up on Thursday morning and bake a whole new pie early in the morning, before we had to put the turkey in...

The Definitive Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I know you’re all probably sick of Thanksgiving food by now. You’ve probably exhausted your leftovers, and gag at the mere mention of turkey. But you’ll thank me next year (and I’ll thank me next year too!) when you can come back to these posts to help you plan your perfect Thanksgiving feast. And don’t...

Auntie Sal’s Holiday Turkey Gravy

I think gravy is something a lot of people struggle with on Thanksgiving. I hear lots of talk about lumpy gravy, thin gravy, just plain gross gravy… well, I wouldn’t know. I’ve always had fabulous gravy. Thanks to Auntie Sal. After one Thanksgiving up at Sally’s and we knew we would never, EVER, make gravy...

Cranberries Two Ways

Be glad we only did two this year and not THREE (like last year). Yes, we love cranberry sauce that much. You see, Robin (lil’ sis), likes the canned stuff. Yes, the jellied cranberry sauce straight from the can. Which, you can hereby come and collect my foodie credentials if I ever serve such a...