Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Taste of Thanksgiving recipes feed the hunger we crave and gives reason for the gathering season.

Julia Child quote tapestry


Gathering together to feast, family, and friend during the holidays or just because on a Monday in cozy spaces with good food (fancy schmancy or crackers and can cheese) is rooted in connection, love, and celebration of relationship.


Houzz – Tim Moss

Speaking from years of experience, the kitchen is about to be a hot spot of holiday activity.  Music is a must, quality kitchen tools and gadgets essential, organization the sous chef to friend, and the taste of Thanksgiving present and accounted for.


Houzz – Tim Moss

Holiday open houses at favorite antique shoppes result in treasured finds; among them platters O’Plenty perfect for plating birds baked, roasted, and fried.

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Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale

Louisianans do love to do delicious fried turkey when the weather turns cold and the good holiday times roll.

Deep-Fried Turkey Recipe

Country Living – Photography by Johnny Miller

Deep-Fried Turkey


1½ tbsp. kosher salt

1½ tbsp. smoked paprika

1½ tsp. garlic powder

1½ tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

1¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 (12- to 14-pound) whole fresh turkey

Peanut oil (about 3 gallons)


Stir together first 6 ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Drain cavity well; pat entire turkey dry with paper towels.

Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin; generously spread seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin and secure with wooden picks, if desired.

Sprinkle and rub remaining seasoning inside cavity and on outside of turkey. Let turkey stand at room temperature while oil heats.

Meanwhile, pour oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top; heat to 350°F over a medium-low flame, according to manufacturer’s instructions (about 45 minutes).

Place turkey on fryer rod. Carefully and slowly lower turkey into hot oil with rod attachment.

Fry 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°F (about 3 minutes per pound plus an additional 5 minutes.  Keep oil temperature between 300°F and 325°F). Remove turkey from oil; drain and let stand 25 minutes before slicing.

Serves 10-12.

-Country Living


Alex Orenczuk TV

Louisiana pecans harvested from area farms characterize the taste of home.

Cinnamon Candied Pecans​​​​​​​​

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 cup pecans

½ teaspoon cinnamon


In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt together butter, cinnamon and granulated sugar until the sugar starts to caramelize.  Add pecans and stir to coat; stirring often to keep from burning.

Pour candied pecans onto parchment or wax paper allowing to cool.


Southern sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and Dave the Builder’s requested favorite, sweet potato pie- Louisiana sweet potatoes are synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Candied Sweet Potatoes


3 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced French fry style

1 stick butter, sliced

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp water


Places prepared sweet potatoes in pot. Add sugar and butter slices. Add water and cover with lid. Cook on low about 40 minutes or until tender. Do not stir during cooking time.

Place candied sweet potatoes in casserole and serve.

-Cooking with Brenda Gantt

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise


2 pounds green asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4  large egg yolks

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

⅛  teaspoon cayenne pepper

½  cup butter, melted

½ (16-ounce) package crawfish tails


Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and add asparagus.  Top with canola oil, salt, and pepper, and brush evenly with basting brush.  Bake until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add water to a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer.  In a stainless steel bowl, add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne.  Hold bowl over simmering water making sure bottom of bowl does not touch water, and whisk vigorously until volume of egg mixture doubles.  Slowly whisk in melted butter until sauce is thick and combined.

Remove from heat, and stir in crawfish.  Serve immediately over asparagus.

-Louisiana Cookin’


Scenes from home.


Regional ingredients rich in taste of home traditions star in our taste of Thanksgiving non-traditional side dishes.


Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Holiday time is coming, and what better time to dazzle the gathered together than with one of these taste of Thanksgiving recipes.


Thanksgiving Holiday Dining Accents and Accessories

Over the last few months, I’ve been collecting a cornucopia of home for the Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories befitting a simple yet elegant holiday open house.


Colonial Williamsburg

Debates questioning the glossing over of decorating for Thanksgiving in a rush to get the fa la la la lovely Christmas decorating party started and when exactly is too early to begin decking the halls is a hot topic of conversation this time of year.

News reports are giving new meaning to holiday rush with all the get it before you can’t get it turkey talk-bah humbug chatter, which may be the reason for the early decorating season push.

In a recent article of decorating interest, a group of psychologists weighed in on the subject in the affirmative stating decorating for Christmas early appears to make people happier.

Curious bee that I am, I conducted my own study by asking roughly thirteen (a decorator’s dozen) fellow decorating enthusiasts if decorating early for Christmas makes them happier.

Results proved what I thought the answer(s) would be with this select group.

Decorating for any holiday, occasion, event or reason makes us all happier.


Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories, in terms of decorating, is an extension of fall and a preamble to Christmas.

Here’s an idea; incorporate all three onto the canvas through balance and blending.


Dining accents and decorating ideas themes that easily make the leap from Thanksgiving to Christmas include:

Woodland splendor

Winter wonderland

Colors in rich and deep shades of green, red, gold, orange, purple and the forever favorite neutrals

Greenery wreaths

Spot mirrors


Statement throw pillows

Ceramic Home for the Holidays tabletop accents

Scents of the season candles


Jo-Ann ||  T.J. Maxx

Decorative accents that pull double holiday duty allow your holiday decorating dollars to stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Mardi Gras.

For example, consider the fact that holiday wreaths aren’t just for doors.

Use wreaths to accent your dining table and sideboard with an impressive touch of the holidays.

Lay a wreath on the tabletop and place a cake stand, soup tureen, and/or condiment holders in the center in à la candle ring fashion.

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Crate & Barrel

home-sweet-home-holidays-collage-blog ‘Tis the time of year to let your personal style light shine delighting and dazzling the eye, and since the entire season only comes once a year and is short lived, I say seize the moment and decorate.

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by John O’Hagan- Styling by Kim Chiselko

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Plymouth Cornucopia Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Our gang has gathered together formal, casual round the kitchen table, al fresco on the patio, and at picnic tables in the piney woods.


Flower Magazine – Photography by Emily Followil

Regardless of how formal, informal, relaxed or rustic we go, the table is decorated in Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories style.


Details and traditions remain central to the Home for the Holidays season.

kitchen-table setting

House & Garden – Photo by James McDonald


Southern Living – Photo by Helen Norman

Decorating can be an expensive endeavor for sure, but remember, lovely centerpiece or mantel displays don’t have to be super costly to put together.


Victoria MagazinePhotography by Mac Jamieson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

I keep my eye on the price and the ball by utilizing what nature supplies for free, reduced for quick sale finds, and decor goodies already in the decorating portfolio.


Many harvest moons ago my family and my best friend’s family spent Thanksgiving week in a lodge at a local state park.

Our holiday lodge home away from home came complete with a huge fireplace and mantel ready for cozy gathering and Thanksgiving themed decorating.


With coffee and hot chocolate in hand, we would walk the woods on Thanksgiving morning in pursuit of greenery cuttings, leaves, pine cones, berries and branches to use for decorating the fireplace mantel.


Decorative deer antlers and pillar candles from home found their way into my bag of decorating tricks to complete the holiday masterpiece.


Simple things often bring the most joy to an occasion, and our hunt and gather expedition became an anticipated, integral, and memorable part of our Thanksgiving in the woods tradition.

decorative-wheatDecorative preserved wheat bundles remind me of the season and the set of dining chairs I so wish I still owned.

How’s that for a segue?


Unfinished Wood Sheaf Back Dining Arm Chair
Unfinished Wood Sheaf Back Dining Side Chair (Set of 2)

One of my favorite places to shop for antiques was and is the quaint shops of South Louisiana.

Fabulous people, finds, food, and fun.

For this antiques dealer, shopping the charming shops was an morning into afternoon marathon with great finds at great prices- the prize at the end of the day.

I hit gold one buying excursion when I spotted four off white wheat back dining chairs with whisper soft pastel (yellow, pink, green, blue) spindles, splat, and top finials.


You may imagine the chairs looked like they belonged in a baby nursery, but the pastel colors were so muted, so chic that they just set the palette and presence into a super eye-catching dimension.

The James Upholstered Fabric Dining Chair by Christopher Knight Home is not exactly a wheat back dining chair, but truly lovely all the same.

Upholstered Fabric Dining Chair

James Upholstered Fabric Dining Chair by Christopher Knight Home

The chairs were brought into the shop and within the course of an afternoon sold to a fellow interior designer-decorator-antiques dealer for a client who she was working with who, let me see how to put this, was known for both her discriminating taste and difficult to please disposition.

Both designer and client were pleased in the end which delighted me, but in hindsight I wish I would have kept the set for the Places In The Home abode.


Flower Magazine –  Photo by Jenn Verrier
Floral design and interiors by Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez


Color, texture and pattern inspiration comes in all forms, forests, and feathers.


The statement “buy the best and you only cry once” by Miles Redd aptly applies to statement pieces.

Why do I say this?

Because statement pieces usually come with a heavy dose of sticker shock.

Staying close to classic styles offsets the risk of the piece not standing up to time and trend.

This Pheasant Host Chair qualifies as such a piece with its classic construction and timeless upholstery pattern.

Beautiful tears, friends.


Pheasant Host Chair

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Veranda- Photo by Stephen Karlisch

The look is Southern chic.



Vintage Turkey Tureen with Lid and Ladle

Vintage Turkey Tureen with Lid and Ladle

Believe me, I’m all for simplifying menu matters at the holidays.

Marin White Ceramic Pumpkin Serving Bowl

Marin White Ceramic Pumpkin Serving Bowl

I won’t tell if you won’t tell the butternut squash soup in the pretty soup tureen served with fresh pear slices, a dash of ground nutmeg, and a swirl of heavy cream is straight out of a carton.


Homebody Welcome Mat

Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories thoughtfully chosen to accentuate your personal style and taste sets quite the lovely home for the holidays scene and table.


Thanksgiving Kitchen Information

With supply and demand a hot topic of conversation of late, today’s post offers a cornucopia of Thanksgiving kitchen information, sources, and tips to help plan, prep, and plate the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

You’ve got questions (demand).

I’ve got Thanksgiving kitchen information answers (supply).

No shortage in the chain here, folks.


Thomas O’Brien – Luxe Interiors+Design- Photo by Francesco Lagnese

Holiday tradition proves there’s soon to be something cookin’ in the holiday kitchen.


Everingham Design

As they say about the holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Wonderful, delicious, and busy.

Let’s show and tell Thanksgiving kitchen information.


In my recipe book, culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchenware essentials that make the plan-prep-cook-bake-serve process a whole lot easier on the cook qualify as the consummate ingredient to a successful spread.

thanksgiving-kitchen-informationEmile Henry French Ruffled Pie Dish

Things can get mighty hectic in the holiday kitchen, and a cook is only as good as the kitchen gadgets, tools and accessories he or she uses.


 LC Interiors

A well-stocked and organized holiday pantry becomes the star of the kitchen show everyday of the week, but it’s especially popular at holiday hosting time.


Sweet and savory seasonings flavor the taste of fall dishes.

Libbey Cylinder 3-Piece Multi-Size Glass Storage Jar Set with Lids


Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and meats glazed, infused, and enriched by the addition of jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, spices and seasonings combinations put a delicious twist on the traditional.


seasonings swap


Lock & Lock canisters are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.

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Lock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage Set

Classic style measures up in the holiday kitchen.

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Corningware Cornflower 4 pc. Measuring Bowl Set

Aluminum Bundt PanAluminum Bundt Pan

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Choose dishes and recipes you’ve met and mastered to prevent a cooking-baking meltdown.

If your dying to try that new dish you saw in a cookbook, on social media, or on a cooking show, prepare it a week or so out to get the hang of it.

Lodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven - Oyster WhiteLodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven – Oyster White

Pots, pans, Dutch ovens, and cocottes with high performance cook and serve capability add a kick to your kitchen style.

Lodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch OvenLodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

holiday in the kitchen tip

Take an inventory of the dishes that have to be cooked on Thanksgiving day and the total prep to stove to oven to table time.

Monaco 10-Piece Fog Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Thyme & Table Nonstick Supreme Cookware, 12-Piece Set, Cream

Thyme & Table Nonstick Supreme Cookware, 12-Piece Set, Cream

Cuisinart Blush Stainless 11-pc. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

Cuisinart Blush Stainless 11-pc. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

Tramontina Prisma 7-qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Tramontina Prisma 7-qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Cooks 30-pc Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Cooks 30-pc Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Anolon Advanced Home Hard Anodized 2-pc. Dutch Oven

Anolon Advanced Home Hard Anodized 2-pc. Dutch Oven

Allow ten extra minutes per recipe to help rule out any issues.

Heavy-Duty Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Frying Pan Set

Indoor/Outdoor Heavy-Duty Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Frying Pan Set 

skillet cornbread


Pioneer Woman Speckle 2-Piece Prairie Cast Aluminum Fry Pan Set

Lodge Wildlife Series Turkey Scene, Seasoned 13.25 Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Wildlife Series Turkey Scene, Seasoned 13.25″ Cast Iron Skillet

I ♥ this turkey scene cast iron skillet!

You know me and my fondness for working with a theme.

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing by Drew Barrymore

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing by Drew Barrymore

Instant Pot® 10Qt Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Instant Pot® 10Qt Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Presto electric knife sharpener

Presto® Ever Sharp® Sapphirite™ 2-Stage Electric Knife Sharpener

Cuisinart Matte Black 12-Pc. Cutlery Set

Cuisinart Matte Black 12-Pc. Cutlery Set


Carbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen Island

Lyndon Kitchen Island

Lyndon Kitchen Island

Savannah Black Kitchen Cart with Stainless Top

Savannah Black Kitchen Cart with Stainless Top


Mason Cash Mixing Bowls

Rose Gold Cookware with Ladle, Whisk, Tongs, Slotted Spatula, Spoon

Rose Gold Cookware with Ladle, Whisk, Tongs, Slotted Spatula, Spoon

mixing-bowls-hobnailTabletops Gallery Hobnail 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

copper-rust-white-stoneware-pumpkins10oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar White – Threshold™

Gibson Home Radiance 17.5 Inch Stainless Steel Copper Plated Oval Roaster

Gibson Home Radiance 17.5 Inch Stainless Steel Copper Plated Oval Roaster

KitchenAid ® 13-Cup White Food Processor

KitchenAid ® 13-Cup White Food Processor

Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender

Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Mason Cash In The Forest Batter Bowl

Mason Cash | In The Forest Batter Bowl


Nordic Ware Wheat & Pumpkin Pan

Nordic Ware Harvest-Turkey-Pumpkin Pans

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Nordic Ware Autumn Wreath Bundt® Pan

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

Thanksgiving kitchen information

Cuisipro 6 Sided Box Grater

 Marble Board

Mason Cash | S12 Fox Embossed Mixing Bowl – 4.25 Quart
The Pioneer Woman Olive Wood 19.5-Inch Rolling Pin
Marble Board

9 Inch Scalloped Pie Pan

9 Inch Scalloped Pie Pan

Matte White Ceramic Pumpkin Shaped Deep Pie Dish with Lid

Matte White Ceramic Pumpkin Shaped Deep Pie Dish with Lid


Williams Sonoma Stoneware Pie Dish, Set of 3

fall bakeware

Vale 2-Piece Baking Set
Ceramic Pie Dish


Crate & Barrel

Thanksgiving Pie and Happy Thanksgiving Plaque Cookie Cutter

Thanksgiving Pie and Happy Thanksgiving Plaque Cookie Cutter

Cook with Color 12 Piece Plastic Mixing Bowls Set with Lids

Cook with Color 12 Piece Plastic Mixing Bowls Set with Lids 

Wilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-PieceWilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-Piece

Sing it with me, friends.

♫ I can mash potato, I can mash potato ♫

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric PeelerStarfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler

holiday in the kitchen tip

Mashed potatoes will stay warm for an hour or so in a slow cooker set to low.


Now, let’s talk gravy.

If you slightly scorch the gravy, don’t panic.

Add 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter until the burnt flavor is gone. You may need to add more peanut butter.  Do so 1 teaspoon at a time.

Tasteless gravy happens.

Remedy by adding a chicken bouillon cube, caramelized onions, and/or a splash of wine, and a generous pour of heavy cream to liven up the taste of an otherwise bland gravy.

Perhaps a heaping tablespoon of savory roasted garlic onion jam?


Simmer the gravy for 25-30 minutes, allowing the added flavors to incorporate and season.

Greyish-Blue Transferware Gravy Boat

Greasy gravy is nasty gravy.

Begin with a mixture of ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water.  If gravy remains too greasy add another ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water.

If your gravy comes out too thin here’s a remedy to thicken it up.

Heat one cup of turkey or chicken broth (fresh or canned) until it reaches a simmer.


Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one to two tablespoons of cold water in a small lidded jar.  Shake to mix, making sure cornstarch incorporates and there is no lumps.



Slowly whisk the cornstarch/water mixture into the simmering broth, whisking continuously to eliminate lumping.

Simmer the broth until it thickens; about 2 minutes.

Add thickened broth to gravy.


Tried, true, and my new traditional holiday gravy recipe is easy and delicious.

In a large skillet, melt ½ stick of butter.  Over medium-high heat, sauté pearl onions (if from a jar, drain) and chopped garlic until translucent and tender.

Pearl onions make a lovely presentation, but if you don’t like or can’t find these little bites of deliciousness, peel and chop a medium onion and go with it.


Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Chopper, Metallic Red

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Chopper, Metallic Red

Add 2 jars of roasted turkey gravy from a jar.  Stir ingredients together, reduce heat to medium.

Next, add 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence, stir, and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Aladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, Plaid

Use a vacuum bottle (Thermos) to keep the gravy warm and free up another stove burner. 

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Cut up vegetables such as green onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and root vegetables ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in air tight containers. 


House & Garden- Photo by Andrew Montgomery

Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers, Set of 4 Food Containers with Lids (8 Pieces Total), BPA Free and Leak Proof



Balboa Park ‘Roasted Oak’ Finished Server

Thyme & Table Non-Stick Coated High Carbon Stainlless Steel Carbone Chef's Knives, 3 Piece Set

Thyme & Table Non-Stick Coated High Carbon Stainless Steel Carbone Chef’s Knives, 3 Piece Set

Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Large Footed Serve Bowl

Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Large Footed Serve Bowl

 Acorn Wood Serving Tray

Acorn Wood Serving Tray

Farberware 12 Inch by 18 Inch Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting BoardFarberware Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting Board


Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers, Set of 4 with Lids 

The countdown to Thanksgiving turkey times is on.

Here’s hoping this Thanksgiving kitchen information show and tell offers the information and source suggestions needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

Love your style!

Gather Together Thanksgiving Dishes

In preparing and feasting anticipation of traditional and new traditional Thanksgiving dishes sure to impress plate and palate, it is my pleasure to share with you all a collection of company worthy Thanksgiving dishes for your gather together holiday celebration.


Southern Living – Photo by Helen Norman

how much turkey per person guide


Better Homes & Gardens

Click on the links for recipe ingredients and directions.

You ain’t seen stuffing yet until you put a Louisiana spin on it.

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Baked Oyster Dressing

creole baked oyster dressing


Plymouth Gate Dinner Plates, Turkey

thanksgiving dishes


hotel knife


Autumn-spiced pecans introduce the taste of the season as appetizer or garnish.


Autumn-Spiced Pecans


1 pound pecan halves

½ cup sugar

1½ teaspoons apple pie spice

1½ teaspoons smoked paprika

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1⁄4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 large egg white


Preheat oven to 300°.  Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together pecans, sugar, apple pie spice, smoked paprika, salt, and red pepper.

In a medium bowl, beat egg white with a mixer at medium speed until foamy. Add egg white to pecan mixture, stirring until coated. Spread mixture in an even layer on prepared pan.

Bake, stirring twice, until egg white begins to dry, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

Makes about 6 cups

-Southern Lady Magazine

As lovely as a candy or bon-bon dish is for housing appetizers, Covid-19 safety practices deem individual serving options necessary.


Potato-Apple Gratin

otato-Apple Gratin photo amy allen

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Amy Allen

Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables with Spicy Pecan Topping

Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables with Spicy Pecan Topping

Spiced Acorn Squash



House Beautiful – Photo by Allisonn Gootee

English Victorian gravy boat

Bacon-Caramelized Onion Gravy


Traditional favorites set our Thanksgiving table, but there’s always a place at the table for new traditional dishes and decor accents and accessories.

New for Thanksgiving 2020 is this wonderfully rustic DIY place card idea.


Pick up a package of pine wood discs and a permanent marker in your personal choice of color.

Design and decorate to taste and theme and assign the name of each diner to a disc.

pine wood discs

Green Bean Bundles


Sweet Potato Casserole


Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion


Pretty Duchess Potatoes


Coffee-Glazed Carrots



Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Blaine Moats

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Chocolate and Pecan Tart


Whiskey and Cream Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Butter Shortbread Crust

Whiskey and Cream Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Butter Shortbread Crust photo by Carson Downing

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Carson Downing


Fetching Friday Thanksgiving to Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the gather together spotlight on Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes.












Martha Stewart

New takes on classic and traditional Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes as delicious as these are sure to become must-have favorites at the holiday table.


Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion


2 Bartlett pears, about 14 oz, cored and cut into wedges

2 small red onions, cut into wedges

2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into ½ inch-thick half-moons

6 sprigs thyme, plus more for serving

3 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt



Heat oven to 425°F.  On large rimmed baking sheet, toss pears, onions, sweet potatoes, and thyme with olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Roast until golden brown and tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with additional thyme if desired.

-Good Housekeeping

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan Recipe

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan 


3 pounds small unpeeled red potatoes, roughly chopped

½  cup whole buttermilk 1 cup salted butter, softened

4 ounces herbed cream cheese (about ½ cup)

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼  cup chopped fresh chives


Place potatoes in a large Dutch oven with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain and return potatoes to Dutch oven over medium.  Cook, stirring once, until potatoes dry out slightly, 30 to 50 seconds.

Place buttermilk and butter in a microwavable glass bowl, and microwave on high until warm, 30 to 60 seconds.  Add warm buttermilk mixture, cream cheese, Parmesan, salt, and white pepper to potatoes, and coarsely mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.  Sprinkle with chives just before serving.

Reheating Instructions:

Slow Cooker:  Spoon potatoes into a 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high until heated through, about 2 hours.

Oven: Reheat in a tightly covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through, about 1 hour.

-Southern Living


Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey


4 slices bacon, chopped

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

3 cups frozen corn, thawed

1 teaspoon pure honey


Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon; reserve skillet.

Add shallot and thyme to reserved skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add vinegar and corn. Cook, tossing until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and reserved bacon.

-Country Living

Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce)

Oh my Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce) goodness!  Click on over to Dessert for Two and get the recipe for this delicious take on traditional sweet potatoes.  Click here.

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley


3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped carnival squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped butternut squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped hubbard squash

2 (8-ounce) packages wild-mushroom medley

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons olive oil

¾ teaspoon coarse salt

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme


Preheat oven to 425°.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix together carnival, butternut, and hubbard squash and mushrooms.  Add melted butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender and brown.  Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage


6 cups shredded red cabbage

2 cups chopped apples

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Dash ground allspice (optional)


In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine all of the ingredients.

Lock lid in place.  Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 2 minutes.  For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure.  Cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  For both models, quickly release pressure. Open lid carefully.  Stir before serving.

-Better Homes & Gardens


Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots


2 pounds carrots, rinsed

5 tablespoons butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons honey

¼  teaspoon salt

¼  teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


To prepare the honey garlic butter roasted carrots recipe:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).  Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside. Quarter the carrots lengthwise, keep them attached near the base of the stem.

Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently.  Make sure not to burn the garlic.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and whisk to combine.

Arrange carrots on the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the honey garlic butter sauce.  Toss carrots to coat them evenly and arrange them in one layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Remove roasted carrots from oven and transfer to a serving plate.  Adjust seasoning if necessary.  Garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

-Eating Well101

Delicious sets a fetching holiday table, and these Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes will bring the c’est si bon.



Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

The time of year for gathering around the simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table with family and friends who are family is upon us.

The plan is to place the emphasis on the gathering, the feasting, and generating a feels like home ambiance.



Cozy welcomes family, friends, tradition, and style home, and is the requisite for our home for the holidays celebrations.


In keeping with the spirit of the home for the holidays feel, I’m suggesting these distressed metal houses as a super cute decor addition for the holiday table, sideboard, or bar cart.


Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized House Candle Holder Lantern

Distressed Metal House

Holiday Time Distressed Metal House Table-Top Christmas Decoration

Battery operated candles (I source faux candles and battery operated lights with safety in mind) or a strand of LED fairy string lights placed inside illuminates holiday style and brings the look home.

batter operated string lights

Decor items that easily make the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas decoration have a longer shelf life, decoratively speaking.

Around our house, Thanksgiving day officially signals the holidays have arrived, and I believe in taking full decorating advantage of the relatively short decorating season.

For that express reason I ordered the Holiday Time Winter Frost flocked un-lit wreath from Walmart to “spruce” up the foyer for Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24"Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24″


Loosely wrap decorative ribbon in earthy fall tones around the wreath in an over and under pattern for a simple yet elegant effect.


wreath ribbon assortment


Dear Santa,

I’m still in the making up my mind phase of deciding which one of these upholstered benches to place on my Christmas list.

Cozy throw pillows optional.


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Simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table ideas that are affordable, polished, and visually commanding set a lovely holiday tone and table.


Dried Protea Flowers – Birch Roll with Jute Tie

Take a glass vase from the dollar store, wrap it in birch bark, and fill it with a bouquet of dried Protea flowers.



Place groupings of small gourds or pumpkins to the left and right of the vase.





Take a glass cylinder vase, jar, or trifle bowl and fill with moss, pecans, walnuts, or sweet gum balls.

Drop in a battery operated pillar candle.

Fall leaves add fall color(s).

Easy peasy.

Serving Suggestions:


International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

A Target run and 19.99 + tax gets you this International Adventure 20-pc. silverware set.

Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.

Swing by Dollar Tree if your Thanksgiving table is in need of new, replacement, or extra glasses.

Tradition dictates these beverage glasses making an appearance in most every holiday table post.


  1. I own them.
  2. I love them.
  3. At $1 each, you simply can’t beat the price.

Live Edge Dakota Wooden Serving Bowl

Thanksgiving feast your eyes upon the newest addition to the holiday sideboard.

Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Dave and I made a quick fall getaway trip up to Bossier City a couple of weeks ago for fun and a visit to Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale.

Among treasures found was this vintage soup tureen.  For less than the cost of two tall specialty coffees,  I secured a lovely serving piece to adorn the sideboard.

“What recipe will fill the tureen on Thanksgiving day?” you may ask.

Autumn Squash Soup (in the taste style of Panera Bread)


1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

2 pounds (l large) butternut squash, peeled,  seeded, and chopped into cubes

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic (easier to use and flavor packed)

1 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)

1 teaspoon fine black pepper (or to taste)

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup apple juice

½ cup pumpkin puree

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2  Tablespoons cream cheese, softened

½ cup heavy cream (Greek yogurt or half-n-half may be substituted)


Preheat oven to 450°F.

Peel squash removing seeds.  Cut peeled butternut squash into chunks and place on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over squash chunks and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Using a potato masher, mash the roasted squash cubes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or soup pot heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add chopped onions to heated oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion becomes soft and translucent.  Stir in minced garlic.

Add roasted butternut squash, pumpkin puree, broth, apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to pot and stir to incorporate.  Bring to a slight boil.  Cover and lower the heat to simmer.  Allow to simmer for 15 minutes to incorporate flavors.

Remove pot from the heat.  Add the maple syrup and softened cream cheese, stirring until cream cheese is melted.

Use a hand blender to blend mixture until smooth.  If you do not have a hand mixer, carefully transfer mixture to traditional stand blender in two batches. Puree each batch until smooth.  Transfer mixture back to the pot and adjust flavors to taste.

If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to reach desired consistency.

Roasted Pepitas Pumpkin Seed Kernels with Sea Salt

Garnish soup with a swirl of heavy cream, half-n-half, or dollop of Greek yogurt and roasted pepitas.

Rounding out the decorative details includes a selection of simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table items easy to find in retail stores, produce sections, and online retailers.
Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

So many if not all of these items will transition beautifully from Thanksgiving to Christmas decor.

Yesterday I dropped by our local Joann store to pick up two small faux cedar wreaths for a holiday project.

More on that to come.

As soon as I walked through the front doors the aroma of cinnamon filled the air.  To say the scent instantly put me in the holiday mood is an understatement.

I spied a huge display cinnamon scented pine cones, and knew those babies were coming home with me.


Pine cones identify with fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and Christmas.

Further tie the season and holidays of cozy together by using pine cone ornaments tied with velvet ribbon as napkin rings.


Loop ribbon in your choice of design, texture, and color through the top of an ornament ring.

Tie each ornament around individual dinner napkins, securing in a loose knot.


Custom napkin rings made their way to the table several holidays ago by way of small oval framed pictures secured with wire ribbon and a tucked in ginkgo leaf.

Here’s the fun part.

Announce to your guests the custom made napkin ring is theirs to take home as a from me to you favor gift.


I hope these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table decor choices lend ideas and inspiration.

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”

—Wilbur D. Nesbit

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Thanksgiving Day Simple Solutions and Suggestions

Thanksgiving Day simple solutions and suggestions is exactly what we’ve got going for in today’s one week until Thanksgiving post.

Are you ready?

trio-of-cheese-ballsGood Housekeeping – Photography: Mike Garten

Simple makes a tasty appetizer plate, and a make ahead recipe for a simple yet impressive appetizer is an absolute appetizer must.

Thanksgiving day is a culinary marathon.

I don’t want to gloss over a step or course, nor do I want to give up one precious minute to the tedious or the trying.

Enter the recipes for a trio of cheese balls that can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

Guess what I’ll be doing the Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving Thursday?


I’ll be in the kitchen with my Now We’re Cooking Thanksgiving playlist turned to holiday volume whipping up a trio of cheese balls for Thanksgiving appetizers.

Everything Cheese Ball

¼ cup sesame seeds

2 tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tbsp. dried onion flakes

2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

¼ tsp. salt

2 8-oz. bricks reduced-fat cream cheese

Savory Dill Cheese Ball

1 8-oz. brick reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill

2 tsp. lemon juice

Spiced Cranberry Cheese Ball

1 8-oz. brick reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

8 oz. goat cheese, softened

¼ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg


“Everything” Cheese Ball: 

Combine sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion flakes, black pepper, and salt.

With mixer, beat cream cheese with 2 tablespoons seasoning mixture . By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls. Roll in remaining seasoning mixture, pressing to coat.

Savory Dill Cheese Ball: 

Beat cream cheese, feta cheese, dill, and lemon juice using a mixer. By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls.  Roll in 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill.

Spiced Cranberry Cheese Ball: 

Using a mixer, beat cream cheese, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and nutmeg. By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls.  Roll in 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped, pressing to coat.

Refrigerate cheese balls at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.  Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.  Serve with crackers or bread.

-Good Housekeeping


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Give the cocktail crowd something to ponder with these Jane Howard cocktail napkins from Sugarboo & Co.

Thyme-Pear Gravy

Thyme-Pear Gravy

Use an insulated coffee carafe to keep the gravy hot and a burner ready to go for the next dish.

Pre-warm the carafe by filling it with hot tap water allowing to sit for a couple of minutes.

Empty out the hot water and add the gravy.

Thanksgiving Day Simple Solutions and Suggestions

The closest my iPad gets to the kitchen is the accent table in the dining room as I am still recovering from the great spill debacle of two years ago when Dave the Builder “cooked” my tablet with a spilled Dr. Pepper.


Thanksgiving day is stressful enough without the extra worry of liquid vs. tablet.

Place your tablet into a Ziploc slider bag to protect it and worry no more.


Select your favorite scent of the season scented candle for a holiday greet the guests scent treat.

cozy cardigan candle

Candle – Cozy Cardigan

Presentation is key at the holidays.


Great look- a vintage bowl filled with ice and topped with miniature pine cones.


Miniature Pinecones

Miniature Pinecones

Tie a loose knot around the neck of a wine bottle with the ribbon material and color of your choice.

Tuck the stem of a pinecone into the knot and- voilà!- a befitting embellishment.


Grab a marker and personalize take home boxes.

Another suggestion is to ask guests to bring their own containers to tote their take home Thanksgiving leftovers in.


Continuing the embellishment theme, tie a ribbon around the take home box and adorn with a house or cabin Christmas ornament with a from our house to yours card.


As they say, it’s the little things that mean the most.

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