Friday, November 21, 2014

Famous Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I should preface this recipe by telling you that Thanksgiving is my husband's holiday, and Christmas is mine. But more than that, both holidays for me are all about getting to spend time with our families, who we love. That being said, I am about to tell you some stuff about mine. 

It's true, my mashed potatoes are famous. At least in my family. I have been the potato masher in my family as long as I can remember. My mother's recipe included peeling the potatoes, adding half & half, butter and mashing with an electric mixer. This recipe I am sharing is not my mother's mashed potatoes. It is instead, my own grown up version and the version that is begged for by my husband and his family every Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Casserole Recipe

I've always enjoyed Thanksgiving as a day of cooking, spending time with family, and, most importantly, feasting on a traditional spread of Thanksgiving day foods. Even though the sales are starting earlier and earlier every year, I still like to relax on turkey day with lots of food and family. Of course there is usually a lot of tasty stuff leftover, and it can be used in many ways to make a hearty meal after a long day of shopping on Black Friday.

This year, I was itching for a Thanksgiving casserole bursting with delicious leftovers. I wanted cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey, gravy, and veggies layered together to make one perfect bite. Think: your entire Thanksgiving day plate in each bite. Since I'm posting this a week early, I made the ingredients separately and combined them as if they were leftovers. The end result was delicious because it mixes salty, sweet, soft, crunchy, tangy, and creamy in every mouthful. I can't wait to do this after my actual Thanksgiving day feast!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Definitive Black Friday Shopping Playlist: 2014

Hello foodie friends! Of course with Thanksgiving coming, we have another holiday celebration to get excited over...Black Friday! I absolutely love Black Friday because 1) I'm an Overconsuming American and 2) It gets me beyond excited for the holiday season.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Apple Cheesecake

 Happy Friday foodie friends! Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it (aka 13 days)! It's time to start planning your menu and what you're going to serve to your family and friends this holiday, and boy do I have a must add. Everyone knows that Apple Pie is a great dessert on Thanksgiving, especially if you're not a fan of Pumpkin anything (me), but maybe it's time to change it up and make that Apple Pie into an Apple Cheesecake.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hearty Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

For fall, there is nothing as satisfying and belly-warming as a homemade soup. I love soups that are full of flavor and offer a little bit of spicy heat to excite the taste buds. One soup that comes to mind for warmth and spiciness is the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden. It has little chunks of spiced sausage, potatoes, and a creamy base. My soup recipe is not a copycat of the Olive Garden soup because I wanted to add a few different veggies to mine, but it is certainly inspire by their delicious bowl of yummy goodness.

I love making soups because the emphasis is on finding a balance of flavor as opposed to precision in amounts, times, and temperatures. Sometimes the best soups are born from mistakes or missteps that lead to a new and interesting flavor. As long as you have an open mind and taste the soup frequently, then you generally can't go wrong. This is my favorite type of cooking!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanks Are For The Giving

Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun! The holidays have hit, and it is time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving meal. We have some Thanksgiving recipes to share with you over the next few weeks so be sure to check back in.