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

Friday-Faves

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

Maple Buttered Sweet Potatoes on foodiecrush.com

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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Curry Turkey Pot Pie and Homemade Butter Pie Crust on foodiecrush.com

Pie, pie, pie. It’s all anyone is talking about this time of year. Today I’m talking pie, too. But not just any pie. I’m diverting from the sweet side and heading South to savory to share my FAVORITE recipe: My mother-in-law’s Curry Turkey Pot Pie. And to make it even more special, it’s topped—and bottomed—with a heaven is waiting for this butter crust.

I may start making pies every day of the week because for this wanna be baker, this recipe proved that once you get the basics down, baking pies is really that easy.

The turkey, veggies and creamy filling of the pot pie are the heart of the dish, but the crust is where it finds its soul. And I like me a buttery, flakey soul.

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