Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing

by heidi on November 26, 2014

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Every year, the holiday season begs for taking note of all things nostalgic. From shopping mall Christmas Santas to familiar family stories, reminiscing and relishing the familiar sights, sounds and smells of the holidays goes hand in hand with the season itself.

While the destination of where we gather changes from year to year, being with those we love is always the centerpiece of our holiday table. Family is that one essential ingredient that makes the holidays the special occassions that they are: familiar but in so many ways, brand new.

But sometimes, traditions are begging to be broken, and sometimes you just need to bust out of the same old and put a new spin on things.

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Le Creuset Holiday Giveaway

by heidi on November 22, 2014

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You know what the holiday’s call for? Kitchen helpers that makes our lives as cooks a whole lot easier.

Earlier this year I partnered with Le Creuset to create a few recipes that have become standard practice here at home.

To get this year’s holiday set up right, I’m joining a group of bloggers to get you in the spirit of giving with a giveaway that’s made especially for you, or for someone you feel deserves a righteous bump in their kitchen arsenal.

I mean, $600 in great kitchen gear is hardly something to sneeze at…

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Friday Faves

by heidi on November 21, 2014

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Last year for Thanksgiving we skipped the turkey, the stuffing and my beloved pumpkin pie and took off for a family vacation to Turks & Caicos instead. Coming from the West, it was a bit of a trek to the Caribbean, but oh so totally worth it.

Before the storm of turkey-trot travelers hits the travelways, I’m once again traveling the friendly skies on my way to Memphis and Nashville, TN. I’ll be partaking of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, an earful of authentic Delta blues and a pre-Thanksgiving get together here with friends I’ve made both online and off.

Sitting in airports and smooshed against the window seat fighting for the arm rest inspired me to create a flying friendly Friday Faves. So let’s set flight, shall we? read more →

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream Sauce on foodiecrush.com

When it comes to Thanksgiving, my brother in law has the right idea. His take on dessert? “You need a little sweetness to take away the fullness.” Truer words may have never been said, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving day dessert.

But, I can almost see you shaking your head, “no. way.”

There’s no way you’re going to forego your favorite pecan pie for T-day dessert. And don’t even think about me suggesting you skip the classic pumpkin pie flavors that reel in childhood recollections of fall’s favorite holiday.

Take a deep breath. There’s no need to despair, you can have all of those flavors and more, because bread pudding is here.

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Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges

by heidi on November 19, 2014

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Yesterday I was all about the pie, pie, pie, pie, pie. Today I’m all about the sides, sides, sides, sides, sides. Let’s go T-swift style and Shake! It! Up! Shake! It! Up!

You can find sweet potatoes on pretty much every Thanksgiving table. Except for ours. Growing up we never had sweet potatoes for turkey day. Or yams for that matter. I guess nobody was much of a fan of cooked marshmallows on top of canned orange jewels.

This time around, I’ve turned to the wedge—the sweet potato wedge. Gone is the mush factor found in canned varieties. Instead one of my favorite fall seasonal veggies is partnered with Real® butter, sweet maple syrup and a pinch or two of cinnamon and another smidge of cayenne. Then off on a trip to the hot oven they go.

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