Places In The Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Ideas

Thanksgiving dinner shines the spotlight on side dishes.  At Places In The Home a side dish is considered anything other than the turkey, ham, or desserts.  From a sweet or spirited starter to a hot buttered popover, the meal revolves around the side dishes.  The Thanksgiving side dish recipes ideas featured in my Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Side Dishes post remain traditional holiday favorites.  Preparing and plating corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, buttermilk cornbread and cornbread dressing pleases the home for the holidays crowd.

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This year I’m featuring new traditional and holiday worthy starter and side dish recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner consideration.

cranberry punch

Mulled Cranberry Punch


1 orange

8 inches stick cinnamon, broken

8 whole cloves

4 whole allspice

1 32 ounce bottle cranberry juice

1  11 ½ ounce can frozen white grape-raspberry juice concentrate

4 cups water


Use a vegetable peeler to remove several 2- to 3-inch-long sections of orange peel from the orange, avoiding the white pith underneath. Juice the orange.

For a spice bag, cut a 6-inch square from a double thickness of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Place orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in the center of the square. Bring the corners together and tie closed with 100%-cotton kitchen string.  In a 3 ½- to 4-quart slow cooker, combine cranberry juice, juice concentrate, the water, orange juice, and spice bag.

Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Remove spice bag and discard. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours.

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Green Bean Casserole


2 (16-oz.) packages frozen French-cut green beans, thawed

1 (10-oz.) container refrigerated Alfredo sauce

1 (8-oz.) can diced water chestnuts, drained

1 (6-oz.) jar sliced mushrooms, drained

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese

½  teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 (6-oz.) can French fried onions, divided

½  cup chopped pecans


Stir together first 6 ingredients and half of French fried onions; spoon mixture into a lightly greased 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 4 1/2 hours or until bubbly.

Heat pecans and remaining half of French fried onions in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted and fragrant; sprinkle over casserole just before serving.

Southern Living


Photo: Brian Leatart

Two-Potato Sauté with Bacon and Cream


2 pounds white-skinned potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

1 ½  pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

7 bacon slices, diced

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

½  cup chopped red bell pepper

¼  cup whipping cream

3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley


Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add white potatoes; cover partially and cook until almost tender, about 10 minutes.  Using strainer, transfer potatoes to large bowl. Return water in pot to boil.  Add sweet potatoes; cover partially and cook until potatoes are almost tender but still retain their shape, about 6 minutes. Drain.  Transfer to bowl with white potatoes.  Can be made 1 day ahead.  Cool; cover and chill.

Cook bacon in very large skillet over medium heat until almost crisp, about 10 minutes.  Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain.  Pour off all but 1/4 cup drippings from skillet.  Add onion and bell pepper; cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.  Mix in potatoes and bacon.  Cover and cook 10 minutes.  Add cream and cook uncovered until potatoes are tender and coated with sauce, about 3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Transfer potatoes to large bowl. Sprinkle with parsley.

Bon Appétit

glazed carrots with orange and ginger

Glazed Carrots with Orange & Ginger


1  pkg. baby carrots

2  tablespoons butter

2  tablespoons orange marmalade

1  tablespoon brown sugar

½  teaspoon salt

2  teaspoons ground ginger

1/3  cup orange juice

zest of one lemon

1  teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)


Combine all ingredients except lemon juice and parsley in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to incorporate all ingredients together.

Reduce heat to medium low, add lemon juice and cover. Cook until carrots are tender. Taste to determine if you want to adjust the seasonings. I like to add the parsley and one additional squeeze of lemon to the pan to allow it to “soften” for approximately 1 minute.  Serves 4.

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cranberry orange relish with mint

Cranberry-Orange Relish with Mint


2  12 ounce bags fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries

2  teaspoons orange zest from 1 of 4 navel oranges

3/4 cup sugar

½  cup minced red onion

¼  cup chopped fresh mint

1  tablespoon minced peeled ginger


Pulse two 12-ounce bags fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Finely grate 2 teaspoons orange zest from 1 of 4 navel oranges; set aside. Using a sharp paring knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Working over a medium bowl, cut between membranes to release orange segments. Coarsely chop segments; add to cranberries. Stir 3/4 cup sugar, ½ cup minced red onion, ¼ cup chopped fresh mint, 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger, and reserved zest into cranberry mixture.  Cover; let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.   Can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover and chill.

Bon Appétit


butterscotch pear

Butterscotch Pears


4  large firm pears

1  tablespoon lemon juice

¼ cup packed brown sugar

3  tablespoons butter, softened

2  tablespoons all-purpose flour

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼  teaspoon salt

½  cup chopped pecans

½  cup pear nectar

2  tablespoons honey


Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.

Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve warm.

Taste of Home


Cheese & Chive Popovers


2 cups whole or 2% milk

4 eggs

¼ cup snipped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, and/or chives)

1/8 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cups all-purpose flour

Nonstick cooking spray

1 ½  cups shredded Gruyere or Parmesan cheese


Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.  Place 1 large or 2 small popover pans in the preheated oven (you’ll need 8 to 9 cups total).

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat the milk over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until warm to the touch. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, herbs, salt, and a generous grinding of pepper. Add the warm milk while whisking to keep the milk from cooking the eggs. Sift the flour into the milk mixture and whisk well.

Remove the pan(s) from the oven and coat with nonstick cooking spray, making sure the entire cups are well coated (popovers love to stick if you’re not fastidious). Fill each of the cups three-fourths full and sprinkle about 2 heaping tablespoon of cheese on top of each.  Bake for 35 minutes or until the popovers have risen and are golden brown. Serve immediately.

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Places In The Home For The Holidays Decorating Ideas: Decorative Kitchen Accents And Accessories

Kitchens need holiday love, too!  Not exactly a bumper sticker slogan, but a reminder nonetheless.  Today’s kitchen is the hub of the home, an all points lead to here family, meeting, situation, media, board  and dining room. Long gone are the days when the kitchen was a merely a utilitarian space built strictly for the purpose of churning out meals. Decorative kitchen accents and accessories factor into today’s kitchen decor as much as the design and placement of appliances and work stations.

Kitchen_-_White_House,_1910The White House Kitchen, 1910

Many moons ago The Places In The Home house was holiday cocktail party central. Real estate agents, bankers and trade folk love to gather together at the holidays for cocktails served with a side of networking.  It always amazed me how the kitchen was the one room with the heaviest guest traffic. The time I invested in meticulously cleaning and styling the main company’s coming rooms was never wasted, but at party’s end those rooms remained almost as perfect as they were pre-party. And the kitchen?  That’s the room that verified how good the party actually was.


Decorating for the holidays goes beyond tinsel and trimmings.  What better time of year than at the holidays to update with accents and color or to make your gifts for the holiday decorista wishes known.  Taking there’s no place like home for the Holidays to heart, I ran with an inspired theme close to heart and Louisiana home, the French flavor of New Orleans.

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With that out of the way,  let’s take a stylish look at decorative kitchen accents and accessories for the holidays as well as throughout the year.

hutchWinfrey Hutch Cabinet


Metropolitan Island Light French Black w/Gold Highlights Montparnasse French Black



ArtVeuve Amiot by Leonetto Cappiello


Harlequin Wallpaper 

Pulaski-Furniture-Accent-Chest (2)Pulaski Harlequin Motif Accent Chest

Louisiana Lagniappe is well represented through decorative accents with a French and New Orleans flair.  Harlequin patterns are closely associated with the New Orleans , and my kitchen can at times be closely associated with a jovial, lively and delicious carnival atmosphere.

harlequinbookendSelectives Harlequin Bookends for end to end cookbook and culinary magazine display. 


Christian Lacroix  Miss Harlequin Dessert Plate

For the flow and the French of it all may I present these ooh la la accessories to accent the look.

french-kitchen-tableCrate and Barrel

bar-stoolNot truly considered French, but oh so ooh la la lovely!   Ridged Leg Nailhead-trim Counter Stool

French-Country-Style-Vinyl-Memo-BoardCountry French Memo Board

French-Roast-TapestryFrench Roast Tapestry


Holiday Lagniappe-

 that little something extra

french-mustard-jarFrench Mustard Jar

fox-fireback  Fox Fire Back

french-match-strikeFrench Cafe Match Striker

mastering-the-art-of-french-cookingMastering The Art of French Cooking- Julia Child

lemon-juicerDecorative Lemon Juicer

golden-rabbit-4-qt-carbon-steel-round-dutch-oven-cb31-rd31Golden Rabbit Spatter Dutch Oven


French Bulldog Cookie Jar

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Fruit Melange With Honey, Almond, And Vanilla Yogurt Sauce

Planning  holiday meals often involves the search for at least one new recipe to bring to the holiday table.  It’s a holiday tradition at Places In The Home to have a fresh fruit melange. Some of my family members insists a fruit melange balances out the calories of the rich meal, appetizers, and desserts. This recipe will definitely keep ’em happy while tipping the scales of culinary and caloric justice in favor of holiday “this is delicious!” harmony.

Fruit Melange with Honey, Almond, and Vanilla Yogurt Sauce


1 cup vanilla yogurt

3/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons  honey

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 apple, chopped

2 oranges, peeled, seeded, and sliced

juice from one orange

1 banana, sliced

1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

1 bunch seedless green grapes, halved


In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, sour cream, honey, and almond extract and set aside.

Slice the banana and squeeze the juice of one orange over the sliced bananas. Add the apple, orange strawberries and halved grapes and gently mix together.

Spoon fruit  into individual serving bowls and drizzle with yogurt sauce.


Places In The Home For The Holidays Decorating Ideas: A Good Fit For Welcoming Spaces

We are entering the holiday season of open houses, cocktails parties and welcoming guests into our homes.  Before the turkey is carved or the tree is trimmed,  a decor tweak or two may be on your pre-holiday to-do list. If so, great minds think alike.

Over the next few weeks I will be featuring Places In The Home For The Holidays Decorating Ideas- a series of  posts offering home decor ideas, tips, suggestions and inspiration for decorating your home for the holidays.

Size always matters in interior design, decorating, and furniture placement. A tape measure is never out of reach at an antique shop, in my purse, car or portfolio- it’s the tool of the trade. With both square footage and scale a consideration, drop leaf tables offer a stylish solution.

Hooker Furniture Wakefield Drop Leaf Table from Furniture Crate

A table with a dual function and finish is a design plus, and the Wakefield Drop Leaf Table by Hooker Furniture is all that and so much more. With two 12-inch leaves,  bottom shelf,  the always thoughtful addition of a single drawer, and neutral finish with wood undertones, this drop leaf table will be a focal point of any space and any decor.

drop leaf table

A drop leaf table complements a foyer, works beautifully as a buffet in a dining room, or stylishly provides a home sweet home for a flat screen television.


I was recently asked if a neutral palette has seen its better days. The beauty of neutral foundation pieces is that they perform the double-duty of decorative canvas and anchor – embracing the all important pop(s) of color, thoughtful touch of metal, accents and accessories that have a flair for year round beauty, and the stand out upholstered piece.

coffee table arrangements

The addition of accessories and accents only enhance the decorative effect.


Accessories Resources:

1. Kensington chair by Currey and Company from Candelabra Lighting & Home Decor

2. French Furniture III Framed Print from Joss & Main

3. Heraldry II Framed Print from Joss & Main

4. Gold pig bookends set of two from CB2

5. Southern Living Versatile Urn from Ballard Designs


Accents Resources:

1. Square Boxwood Wreath from West Elm

2. Medallion Rosette Plaque from Ballard Designs

3. Andean Buffet Ivory and Brown Table Lamp with Square Box Shade from Overstock

4. Design House LLC Harvest Birch Wall Plaque from Bellacor

5. Ivy box from Home Decorators



Finishing Touches Resources:

1. Wood wing chair by Schnadig Home Collections from Candelabra Lighting & Home Decor

2. Halcott Frame, Anna Frame from Zara Home

3. Arobase Statue from Joss & Main

4. Ceramic Artichoke Finial from Home Decorators

5. Broderick Tufted Ottoman from Kathryn Interiors


Color Resources:

From Sherwin-Williams:

1. Concord Grape – SW6559

2. Black Swan – SW6279

3. Offbeat Green – SW6706

4. Coconut Husk – SW6111

5. Folksy Gold – SW6360

6. Pennywise – SW6349

7. Alchemy – SW6395

8. Leather Bound – SW6118

9. Rookwood Dark Red- SW2801

10. French Roast – SW6069


Next up in the Places In The Home For The Holidays series: Kitchens need love, home decor accents and accessories, too!


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Places In The Home For The Holidays images via: Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Pinterest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home

A Look Back At October

As October comes to a calendar close I thought I would end it with a retrospective of  fall and Halloween images old and new.

a look back at October

Fall is historically slow to arrive in Louisiana.  What nature doesn’t supply we invent or improvise however, the sentiment is still the same.


November keeps the harvest momentum going with festivals, cooler temps, and open houses.

front doors

This is the first year since 1998 that we are not hosting a holiday open house for the antique shop.  The owner of our mall retired and the shops within the mall collectively agreed to close, but Hopefully Classic continues on.  I do private consultations and keep choice pieces of inventory on consignment at a friend’s antique shop.  I will miss getting the shop holiday ready, baking and preparing food for days, and the holiday buzz around the mall.

dark candy apples

Don’t you love these red and black candy apples? I found the stunning image and recipe for Adam’s Scary Apples on the delicious blog,  Matt Bites.


An autumn find I could not resist.


Okay.  You caught me.  My mad Halloween wreath decorating skills did not translate at all to the page.  Enter the crafty Halloween brains at Pic Monkey.  I’ll deal with  it in Scarlett O’Hara fashion- tomorrow.  Believe me, the kids will love it when I trick it out! Trick-or-treating is more of a quality event rather than quantity in our neighborhood.  Dave the Builder and my parents join along in the festivities and candy distribution.  I’m on wreath and pumpkin carving detail, Dave pulls yard and decoration duty, and my parents love playing co-master of ceremonies.  Color, candy and costumes.  Thanks October for the fall and the fun!  

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November will kick off a series of posts featuring ideas, tips, suggestions, and inspiration for all things home for the holidays. Please join me for the Places In The Home For The Holidays series.

The Tradition At Our Haunted House: Trick or Treat Taco Soup

This taco soup recipe post is an updated version of last year’s post. It’s that good and worth a second run! Tradition lives on from Halloween to Halloween at our haunted house aka Places In The Home.

Trick or Treat Taco Soup is on the spooktacular supper menu  as per the request of family and friends who have come to expect it over the years.  It is the perfect and easy make ahead soup– one that warms the bones after a day of ghoulish fun and a night of busy trick or treating with the kids and/or handing out Halloween candy.

Trick or Treat Taco Soup


1 lb. ground beef

1 onion chopped

1 package taco seasoning mix

1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans whole kernel corn, undrained

2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can Mexican flavored tomatoes

2 ½- 3 cups water



Brown the ground beef and onion; drain off grease and add dry seasonings. Add the tomato sauce, beans, corn, tomatoes, and water. Bring to a low boil to allow all flavors to blend. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.  Serve with corn chips or hot cornbread.  Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese or green onions.



This Is My Idea Of Halloween: Decorating With Black And Orange

Traditional Halloween colors look so appealing in these beautiful spaces. This is my idea of Halloween decorating with black and orange!

decorating with black and orangeElle Decor

Subtle hints of black and orange welcome spec & spook-tacular reviews.

black and orange foyerBetter Homes & Gardens

Thom Filicia

Moroccan loungeHouzz

orange bedroomRoughan Interiors

I have used this image in another post to illustrate the undeniable decorative impact of the color duo black and white.  I could not resist using it again to stress how stunning a space can be with the choice and pairing of orange and black.

black and orange curtainsSkonahem

Martha Stewart

black and orange furniture1, 2

These gorgeous rooms, accents, and accessories do not rely on tricks… only decorative and stylish treats for the eye.