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Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are some of the recipes that I have cooked over the past few Thanksgivings.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken– I just increase everything to turkey sized.

Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage, Apples and Raisins

Potato Gratin

Green Beans with Lemon and Oil– My favorite way to eat green beans. There is no way that I would eat green beans drenched in mushroom soup and fake onions.

Sweet Potatoes with Orange Caramel Glaze

Oven Baked Toffee Apples


What will I be cooking this year? Nothing…I’m getting Thanksgiving dinner from my favorite restaurant.


Found: The Perfect Mini Pie Tins

I managed to find the perfect mini pie tin. Usually mini pies are cooked in a muffin pan. But I wanted pie tins. And I managed to find real 3-inch pie tins. Aren’t they adorable. Now I just have to bake 100 pies to give as Christmas presents to friends. Wish me luck.

update: buy them here.

Mini Fleur de Sel Caramel Apples

The local grocery had some of those darling Lady apples and I just had to buy them. I love mini anything. Lady apples are the perfect size for making candy apples. The problem with normal sized apples is that there is never enough caramel for a whole apple. And have you ever finished a caramel apple? With the Lady apples you takeĀ  a couple of bites and you’re finished.

The recipe can be found here. I recommend halving the recipe to make about a pound of apples. Make sure you have an extra pair of hands to help with the stirring because it takes forever. Your arm will get tired sooner or later.

They turned out so well I may plate them up and serve them for Thanksgiving dessert. And they also would be darling in a dessert buffet.

Candied Orange Slices

This is the project that just wouldn’t end. It took four hours to cook three large oranges in a large oval skillet. I think i would have given up in a normal skillet.

I can’t wait to serve the candied oranges with chocolate ice cream. But I don’t think I will be making them again. It just took too long.

Thanksgiving Menu

Here is my menu for Thanksgiving, along with all the links to the recipes. I’m still on a quest for the perfect Thanksgiving menu. I grew up in a house where the food was rather bland and unimaginative, and I am really working on changing that. I will try to post pictures while I am cooking.

Spice-Rubbed Roast Turkey (I hope following Martha Stewart’s recipe can help me along the path to a turkey that isn’t raw at the bone.)
Cornbread Stuffing (From a box. That’s the way it’s always been made at my house. The kids love the crap. And the wee tyrant will eat tons of it. And I will do anything to get extra calories into him.)
Tamales (Made by a neighbor. She has quite the thriving business going.)
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Orange Caramel Glaze
Green Beans with Lemon and Oil (Will somebody please explain green bean casserole to me. I just do get the onion bits. Or even worse, I saw a recipe on television where they used corn flakes. Yuck!)

Collard Green Pie (This goes along with the tamales. I like to remind the family that we are ethnic.)
Sweet Potato Pie (Another great southern dish. My grandmother has spent the last two days baking them.)
Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (Either mini cakes or cupcakes. Update: I added a pinch of saffron to the oil.)
Oven Baked Toffee Apples
Pear Crostata (I don’t have a recipe. I will try to post directions with pictures. I think I will be using Asian pears.)

What’s For Dinner

I tried a new recipe last night. This recipe for Cilantro Lime Chicken (I used pork chops instead.) was extemely simple and yummy. Actual prep time was less than 15minutes, even though you need to marinate the meat for eight hours. It is something you could prep the night before and pop in the oven at the end of a busy day.

I forgot to take a picture, but trust me this is a good recipe for busy parents.
Found at Gabriela’s Kitchen.

Annabel Karmel

If you are looking for recipes for weaning your baby, or for a picky toddler go have a look at the Annabel Karmel website. Karmel has free recipes for every stage of your child’s life and even healthy recipes for your family. Some of the recipes on the site are Butternut Squash & Pear Puree, Pork & Apricot Puree, and Pasta Stars with Carrots.

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