Chicken and mushroom lasagna has been a cold weather favorite in our house for a number of years. Its hearty layers of cheesy goodness always warm me up on cold, rainy Southern nights, and it's one of the few leftovers that I actually look forward to more than the main event.
These cute little turtle clusters are so much more than meets the eye. It's hard to resist their addictive combination of buttery pecans and chewy homemade caramel nestled under a creamy milk chocolate shell. So hard to resist, in fact, that I recommend making a double batch if you have any hopes of sharing.
Have you ever seen a Thankful Tree? (Also known as a Gratitude Tree or Grateful Tree.) It's an arrangement or centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table that puts thankfulness front and center.
I can't take credit for the idea of a Thankful Tree; it's something that was circling the Internet a few years ago, and I've wanted to make our own ever since! Here's how to make one yourself — it turned out to be easy and to cost nothing, and it was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon.
If you're looking for an easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious side dish to complete your Thanksgiving menu, look no further. (Bonus points for not taking up precious oven or stovetop space!) Can I just say that I am officially obsessed with whipped cauliflower now?
Right now, the most perfect thing in my life appears to be a bowl of turnip soup. I know. Turnip soup sounds like a punishment, it sounds like near starvation or prison rations but I'm here to say that nothing can be further from the truth. As I sit at my table with the bowl nestled in my hands, its pungent earthy turnip scent swirls around me and steams up the kitchen windows. I listen to the wet, rough rainstorm just on the other side of the windowpane and I consider my good fortune to be exactly here, exactly right now, with exactly this bowl of turnip soup.
I can't think of anything more American to devour on Thanksgiving than an ooey-gooey heap of caramelized apples piled into a crispy, buttery crust. A good apple pie can be oh-so-good, but a bad one, well, it's just flat out depressing. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong when it comes to the classic dessert, but I've done some research to ensure that it doesn't.
A couple years ago we shared a few of our favorite Dutch ovens, plus recipes to put them to work. But products come and go, and many of our 2011 picks have since become unavailable. So we thought it was time to revisit our favorite pot and look at the current crop of Dutch ovens for fall cooking.
Read on for five big and beautiful cast iron Dutch ovens at a variety of price points — plus ten recipes to put your own big pot to work. If you already have the Dutch oven of your dreams but don't use it enough, this is the roundup for you. Baked pumpkin oatmeal, barbecue pulled chicken, bread with a shatteringly crisp crust, and an easy batch of jam — the Dutch oven does all this and more.
Thanksgiving dinner might descend into a face-cramming marathon of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but if you start the meal with a bowl of light, creamy, perfectly seasoned soup, your dinner will feel downright elegant, if only for a moment. These eight soups rely on the hearty vegetables of late fall and early winter — roasted carrots, butternut squash, cauliflower — and dress them up with holiday-worthy garnishes like buttered pecans and spicy toasted pumpkin seeds.
I've started home brewing my own hard cider this fall thanks to Emma's book True Brews. Alongside my DIY efforts I've been doing lots of research (the best kind!), tasting every cider I can find and inviting friends over to join the fun. Have you ever hosted a cider tasting? It can be as casual or rigorous as you like, and is such a great way to celebrate friends and fall.
Here's how my partner and I threw a cider tasting with friends.