November 2012

Cozy Left-Overs: Cheesy Turkey Tamale Soup, A South-Of-The-Border Inspiration

Tamale Soup

Let's be honest, we're all pretty “turkey-ed out” by now, aren't we? Here a turkey, there a turkey, everywhere a turkey. But here's the unavoidable issue: there's still some left-over turkey in the fridge, mocking you, begging to be used in a creative, cozy and unique way. “Psst—hey!” It says, “Don't forget I'm in here; do something with me!” What to do, what to do, hmm... . Well, as far as I'm concerned, after a nice, rich Thanksgiving Day meal, I'm looking for some lighter fare, ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Roasted Sweet Potato Brulee with Crispy Prosciutto and Brown Sugar—Sweet!

Sweet Potato Brulee

This post almost turned into a monster-sized post—almost. My husband suggested that I reign it back in. He's good like that; he's the voice of reason. He keeps me in check when my food fantasies run slightly amuck, and I want to add way too many things, too many little “options” and tid-bits into one lil' post. What can I say? My heart's in the right place. Anyway, I had originally intended to offer two different potato dishes so there would be a couple of options ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Golden Torn-Bread Stuffing Takes a Ride on the Gravy Train

Golden Torn-Bread Stuffing |

Though the glorious Thanksgiving Day spread as a whole is quite the thing that a food lovers dreams are made of, each of us probably has a favorite offering in particular that we can hardly wait to sink our teeth into. I know, I know, it's difficult to choose a favorite. Each unique morsel on that table has a succulence all its own, a temptingly rich or sweetly-savory magnetism that just pulls a person in; but surely there's that staple or side dish that is worthy ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Spiked Cranberry Compote with Bartlett Pear, and Milk ‘n Honey Biscuits

Cranberry Compote

Cranberries are no doubt that wonderful splash of red, the gorgeous little shimmering rubies of the fall and early winter season. Sharply tart and sweet, cranberries bring an amazingly colorful and bright presence to any well-spread holiday table—mine, being no exception. But perhaps I’m a bit unique in my adoration of cranberries; I genuinely love the little gems. And I don’t use the word “love” lightly here. From the time they first come available in late October, all the way through the time they take their ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Savory French Green Bean Casserole, Hold the Cans!

Green Bean Casserole

I suspect that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving Day without the classic green bean casserole as part of the festivities, now would it? Green bean casserole is a familiar character in the pageantry of Turkey Day, a staple representative of good ol’ comforting Americana-style food. The recipe for green bean casserole really hasn’t changed since the 50's; it still calls for green beans out of the can, mushroom soup out of the can, and crispy fried onions—you guessed it—out of the can. And though I’ll admit ... {more please!}

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