Thanksgiving – Make a Dinner to Remember

Being Thankful for Family, Good Friends and Good Food

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Menu

This is the start of the Tri-Holiday Extravaganza. Whether you are celebrating with family or celebrating Friendsgiving, these recipes will delight your guests. Want some Thanksgiving trivia?  How about this about cranberries:

Sauce for the Pilgrims, cranberry or bearberry, is a small trayling [sic] plant that grows in salt marshes that are overgrown with moss. The berries are of a pale yellow color, afterwards red, as big as a cherry, some perfectly round, others oval, all of them hollow with sower [sic] astringent taste; they are ripe in August and September. They are excellent against the Scurvy. They are also good to allay the fervor of hoof diseases. The Indians and English use them mush, boyling [sic] them with sugar for sauce to eat with their meat; and it is a delicate sauce, especially with roasted mutton. Some make tarts with them as with gooseberries. ~ John Josselyn New England Rarities Discovered © 1692

 

For Appetizer

You can never go wrong with these appetizers.  It’s great for any get together.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Celery
This is my take on the famous Stuffed Celery at the venerated Musso and Frank in Hollywood, California, over 100 years old.
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Stuffed Mushrooms in Wine Sauce
These make a good simple meatless dinner with a salad or appetizers.
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Stuffed Mushrooms in Wine Sauce
Spinach Balls Appetizer Snack
These little spinach balls are great for an appetizer, or make a healthy snack.
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The Main Event

Yes, you, too can have a nice moist turkey with crisp skin!

How to Roast a Perfect Turkey in a Nesco Roaster Oven
This is a great dry rub for turkey, plus the injection will make a turkey to remember.
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What to do with the neck?  How about broth in the Instant Pot?

Turkey Broth in an Instant Pot
Make tasty broth in your Instant Pot
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Turkey Broth Instant Pot

Eat the sides, I pray you!

My grandmother’s Oyster Cornbread Dressing – it’s damn good!

Oyster Cornbread Dressing
This was my Aunt Flora's recipe and my favorite.
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Oyster Cornbread Dressing

You have to have potatoes, right?  We have two!

Twice Baked Potato Casserole
This will become your new go-to potato recipe.
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Jeane Hugh's Sweet Potatoes
This is my best friend's mother's recipe. This is a WOW dish that blows guests away and is requested year after year.
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And something green… not that nasty green bean casserole

Green Beans With Almonds
Here is a different green bean dish for a holiday menu.
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What’s a leftovers sandwich without cranberry sauce (not the stuff in the can)?

Spicy Cranberry Sauce
Don't buy that can of cranberry sauce - this is EASY
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Spicy Cranberry Sauce

For your Just Desserts…

Haunted Fortress Cake
Make this cake in a Fortress Bundt Pan with red coloring for a really spooky Halloween cake
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you like the pumpkin cookies Kroger sells in the fall, you will like these.
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What to do with leftovers.

Turkey Tetrazzini
This classic casserole is a great way to use up leftover turkey.
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How to Make a Perfect Turkey in a Nesco Roaster Oven
Get a perfect crispy skin when roasting your turkey in a Nesco Electric Roaster. Keep your oven free for sides and pies.
     
The Day is Coming Part 1 - Brine, Refrigerator Rolls, Croutons
The Big Day is coming - it's almost here. Be prepared for your Thanksgiving feast in stride.
     
Cranberry Brown Betty
A unique Cranberry Brown Betty dessert made with cranberries and Panko breadcrumbs. Make this a new tradition for your Holiday table.
     
The Day Is Coming - Part Duex - Thanksgiving Guest Tips and Suggestions
Ideas of what to bring as a guest to a Thanksgiving celebration.
apple tart
     
Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart
Eggnog French Raisin Toast
     
Eggnog French Raisin Toast - Noël en Juillet
Get that Christmas feeling in the middle of summer with eggnog flavored raisin French toast.
Cranberry Compote
     
Cranberry Compote - Thanksgiving Sides
Throw out that can of cranberry sauce and get your mouth ready Cranberry Compote with Wine. A perfect Thanksgiving to be thankful for.
     
Stuffing Turkey Meatloaf Ring
Have a bit of Thanksgiving any day with this Stuffing Turkey Meatloaf Ring.
     
Cranberry Cream Cheese Salad Ring
Fresh cranberries in this festive Cranberry Orange Ginger Cream Cheese Salad Ring will be the star of your holiday table.
     
Cheesy Potatoes Tried and True
These cheesy potatoes are a wonderful compliment to any holiday dinner, but are easy to make for any day. Want them Southwest? Add a can of jalapenos.
Stuffed Turkey Thighs in the Nesco
     
Stuffed Turkey Thighs in the Nesco
When you don't want to cook a whole turkey, but want to have the whole turkey experience, try stuffed turkey thighs in the Nesco instead.
Eggnog Fudge
     
Ho! Ho! Ho! Eggnog Fudge
Eggnog Fudge for Holiday gifts and entertaining. If you like eggnog and you like fudge, you will love this Holiday treat.
     
How to Roast a Perfect Turkey in a Nesco Electric Roaster
How to get your turkey's skin crisp but keep the meat moist in a Nesco roaster oven - with a timetable.
     
Turkey Tetrazzini
What to do with left over turkey. Turkey Tetrazzini is a classic comfort food you can have year round.
     
Easy Puff Pastry Apple Pie
This Easy Puff Pastry Apple Pie takes minutes to prepare and is as simple as can be. It's foolproof and great for a weeknight dessert.
     
Cream Cheese Cranberry Stuffed Celery
A little sweet, a little savory. Cream cheese cranberry stuffed celery is a perfect appetizer for the holiday season.
     
Apple Streusel Bundt Cake
Apple Streusel Bundt Cake is a rich and delicious cake perfect for colder, fall and winter weather.
     
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make these easy-to-make, moist, delicious cookies any time. Why wait for Starbucks to announce Pumpkin Spice?
     
Blue Cheese Stuffed Celery
The venerable vegetable is making a come back. Make Blue Cheese Stuffed Celery a star on your table.
     
Your Guide to a Stress Free Thanksgiving
A guide to getting ready for Thanksgiving - a daily plan for keeping your sanity. Download and print the check list today.
Scones
     
Quick Warm Scones for a Breakfast Treat
Quick warm scones for a breakfast treat on a cold day, or just when you want a something a little sweet. Put what you like in them - make them your own.
Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Butter Sauce
     
Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Butter Sauce
My version of the venerable Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetables in Balsamic Butter Sauce - make it yours putting in veggies you like.
Oyster Cornbread Dressing
     
Oyster Cornbread Dressing - Thanksgiving Sides
This Oyster Cornbread Dressing recipe has been in my family for decades for a reason - it's just really good. Looking for umami? Look no further.
Spicy Cranberry Sauce
     
Spicy Cranberry Sauce - Easy to Make
Forget the canned stuff - this easy to make spicy cranberry sauce fills your home with the scents of the seasons. - and it's good for you, too.
green beans garlic almonds
     
Green Beans with Toasted Garlic Almonds
Green Beans with Toasted Garlic Almonds will make you say good-bye to green bean casserole forever. Easy to make any time of year.
caramel sweet potato casserole
     
Caramel Sweet Potato Casserole
This Caramel Sweet Potato casserole is different from the same old, same old and will become a family favorite at your holiday table.
     
How to Roast a Duck in an Electric Nesco Roaster Oven
Want something different? A roast duck cooked in an electric Nesco roaster with raspberry sauce is delicious and easy. Why wait for a holiday?
Italian Sausage Stuffing
     
Italian Sausage Stuffing with Wine and Raisins
This Italian sausage stuffing is the star of your holiday table. Don't wait for a special occasion to make it, make it any time.
     
German Chocolate Velvet Cake for a Celebration
This German Chocolate Velvet cake has the light crumb of Red Velvet but the deep chocolate of a German Chocolate cake. It is perfect for a any celebration.
Apple Upside Down Cake
     
Apple Upside-Down Cake - a New Holiday Tradition
This rich Apple Upside-Down cake with a crumb bottom is wonderful served warm with a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream. Make it a new holiday tradition.
Deboned Turkey
     
How to Debone Turkey - Moist and Easy to Carve
Learn how to debone turkey. This method leaves you with a moist and delicious bird that will not dry out and is a breeze to carve and a delight to eat.
Pork Loin with Apples and Brandy in the Instant Pot
     
Pork Loin with Apples and Brandy in the Instant Pot
A wonderful dish for fall and winter, easily made in the Instant Pot, Pork Loin with Apples and Brandy is great with roast potatoes and sauteed cabbage.
Apple Cranberry Sauce
     
Apple Cranberry Sauce in the Instant Pot
Apple cranberry sauce isn't just for the holidays. With very little sugar, have it on yogurt or spread it on toast. It's a superfood!
Tiramisu
     
Tiramisu without Brandy - A festive dessert for everyone
Tiramisu made without brandy is a festive dessert that everyone can enjoy. Made with real ladyfingers and mascarpone, it couldn't be easier.
Skinny Breakfast Casserole
     
Skinny Breakfast Casserole with No Guilt
Skinny breakfast casserole has the sausage, bread, and cheese, but half the calories, fat, and carbs of the traditional holiday casserole.
     
Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots
Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots is a tasty treat for the fall season. Enjoy it warm with ice cream or serve it for Halloween.
turkey brine mis en place
     
Turkey Brine with French Country Pate Spice
This easy-to-prepare turkey brine will make your holiday turkey moist and flavorful. You can use it to brine any poultry any time of year.
air fryer stuffed turkey thighs
     
Air Fryer Turkey Thighs with Smoked Oyster Stuffing
Turkey Thighs stuffed with smoked oyster cornbread dressing and roasted to perfection in an air fryer. Great for a small family Thanksgiving.
Spatchcock chicken
     
How to Spatchcock Chicken, Turkey or any Poultry
Learn how easy it is to spatchcock chicken or any poultry. Why pay extra for something you can do for free?
Almost Eggless Eggnog
     
Almost Eggless Eggnog - Easy, Light and Delicious
This is Almost Eggless Eggnog. It's a breeze to make, lighter than most eggnog, and just as delicious, without leaving a film on your tongue.
Garlic Studded Ham with Cherry Glaze in the Nesco
     
Garlic Studded Ham with Cherry Glaze in the Nesco
Garlic Studded Ham with Cherry Glaze, sprinkled with black pepper is perfect for your holiday ham. The Nesco roaster leaves it moist.

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