Tagged: Thanksgiving

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast gets its heat from dried Ed's Carolina Reaper chile peppers. It's a fantastic fiery treat for your holiday feasts. 0

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast

I got in trouble with my brother-in-law a couple months ago. The first time I made something delicious with my garden-grown Carolina Reaper chile peppers, I didn’t invite him. So, I needed to redeem myself. A smoked turkey breast at Thanksgiving might do the trick, I thought. I was correct. In my defense, I hesitated to share my first creation (chicken wings) due to the outrageous heat level of these chiles. Ed’s Carolina Reaper packs the hottest punch of all chiles in the world. We’ve grown ghost chiles, and these things can be lethal. I just didn’t know how the wings would turn out,...

Spiced Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey 0

Spiced Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey

I owe my Thanksgiving hosting good fortune to my Joy of Cooking cookbook. The first time I planned to host the holiday, I turned to the turkey section in my trusty cooking reference. The book gives a pretty hard sell on brined & roasted turkey. When you need advice for hosting your first Thanksgiving or roasting your first turkey, confident and straightforward advice is reassuring. And so I’d like to return the favor that I received from the authors of one of my favorite cookbooks. When in doubt, do a brined & roasted turkey. The first time I brined a turkey, I spent a good...

Arugula with Cranberry Vinaigrette is a green salad with a great mix of peppery and tart flavors, and makes a wonderful healthy side for winter meals. Also a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce from holiday gatherings. 0

Arugula with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Salads have become an expression of creativity on my dinner table. I love working with all kinds of greens, but arugula was one that wasn’t getting much of the spotlight in my kitchen. A little bit about Arugula Arugula is known widely for its peppery taste. Although baby arugula is less peppery than the mature counterpart, it’s still pretty peppery. It really needs a good combination of complementary flavors to go with it. This peppery-tasting arugula reminds me of my recipe for Goat Cheese with Cracked Peppercorn Cranberry Relish that I published for Thanksgiving in 2014. It was the combo of...

Basic Bread Stuffing for Two 0

Basic Bread Stuffing for Two

The world needs a solid recipe for basic bread stuffing for two. I’ll tell you why. Cooking a grand traditional Thanksgiving feast for only a few people can be challenging, because most traditional recipes are written for times when you’re cooking for more than two people. I used to live over 4 hours away from my family, and I worked a job that required me to choose time off for only one holiday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas always won that battle, and I was left a few times celebrating Thanksgiving with a friend or two who was in the...

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The Ultimate Guests’ Guide for Thanksgiving

Chances are if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving in your home, you’ll be attending a dinner at someone else’s house. It can be intimidating showing up to a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Do I bring a dish? Do I know what my host’s hospitality agreement is and what that even means? Well, fear not, friends. Here is your ultimate guide to being the best guest at Thanksgiving dinner.   Always Ask Before Bringing a Dish or Dessert-I mentioned this in my previous post, but for hosts Thanksgiving is their Super Bowl. Chefs love to determine the menu well in advance. Some...

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13 Rules to Live By When Hosting Thanksgiving

It can be a little daunting hosting Thanksgiving at your home. Will the turkey explode into a dried mess when you cut into it? Will your drunk uncle go off on a tangent about those Starbucks cups? Will people like the new chef-y recipe you came up with for stuffing stuffed artichokes? I have now hosted Thanksgiving in my home for the last three years. Here are a few rules to live by to make sure you end the day with your sanity and everything turns out beautifully. Determine Your Menu Well in Advance First, brainstorm your menu. If you...

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Michelle’s Monthly Favorite Recipes for December 2014

Need some new recipe ideas? I’ve always got my eye out for the next big thing. I also use the MealBoard app for efficient meal planning, and I surf many of the sites that connect and import directly through the MealBoard app. These are some of my recent favorite recipes, and I’m giving a review about what I like, what I didn’t like, and how I adjusted.   Favorite Recipes This Month White Chili Allrecipes.com For a recipe with more than 10 ingredients listed, this is one of the simplest, easiest dinners to throw together. I typically make it even...

Honey Pear Sangria a Good Wine for Thanksgiving 0

Honey Pear Sangria | A Good Wine for Thanksgiving

When I hosted my very first Thanksgiving, I was nervous. I had been cooking for years, but I had never cooked anything with turkey and really had no clue what I was doing. And I was even less confident about choosing a good wine for Thanksgiving dinner. I did a little research, and my first time hosting Thanksgiving ended up fairly well considering my inexperience. My Google research paid off; I cooked a perfectly brined turkey breast, and it turns out that a semi-sweet white is a good wine for Thanksgiving. That very first Thanksgiving, I ended up with a bottle...

Goat Cheese with Cracked Peppercorn Cranberry Relish 0

Goat Cheese with Cracked Peppercorn Cranberry Relish

Last year at Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a nice goat cheese that was covered in a simple cranberry sauce. That in itself was a nice pairing of flavors. The cranberries were the perfect sweet and tart complement for the creamy tang of the goat cheese. The hostess served the cranberry crusted goat cheese with a few types of crackers, one of which was the Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil flavor of Triscuits. You know the intense satisfaction of stumbling upon that rare food and wine pairing that brings out hidden flavors and excites the senses? Well, the cranberry goat cheese on...

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Fireball Cranberry Sour | Fall Cocktail Recipe

Fireball is sort of a big thing in the Williams clan right now. It has been for about a year. Rob and I typically have at least a partial bottle on hand at home that was leftover from the latest gathering of family and friends. Being the creative type, I thought the Fireball would be a good base for a new fall cocktail. So I went to work. If you’re unfamiliar with Fireball, it’s cinnamon ‘whisky.’ (Although I typically spell it with an ‘e’ but maybe there is some significance to leaving it off.) With taglines like, “Tastes like Heaven,...