Holiday Guide

A Fun Thanksgiving Craft Table for the Kids

In most houses, the Thanksgiving gathering stretches for hours. It’s not an eat-and-run kind of a day, you’re all in it for the long haul. And while adults have an acquired ability to make their own entertainment (catching up with Uncle Ivan, tossing around a football, helping in the kitchen) kids sometimes need a little more direction to fill those hours before the turkey hits the table. In our house, that’s where the Craft Table comes into play. Every year there are at least half a dozen kids at our Thanksgiving, and their ages might range from 1 to 18.   …

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5 Mashed Sides for Thanksgiving

This is pretty much how the discussion about which mashed potato dish(es) to serve at Thanksgiving goes in our family. We need to have everything that we’ve always had, just the way we’ve always had it, but we also need to not have the same old everything or it’s boring. Also, no one really likes marshmallows on their sweet potatoes, but that’s the way Aunt Sue (rest her soul) always made them, so it’s tradition. But marshmallows have gelatin in them, and then Grannie Annie, Lizzie, and Charlotte, who are vegetarians, can’t eat them, plus, they are the ones who really depend on the …

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7 Great Green Bean Recipes to Shake Up the Holidays

Green beans are probably the biggest go to side vegetable dish for the holidays (other than mashed potatoes!). And yet, we’ve all experienced our share of disappointing green beans, so they aren’t necessarily the sexiest dish on the table. And yet, it just doesn’t feel like a Thanksgiving table without a green bean dish. These 7 green bean recipes have all been met with great delight on my table.  Some are takes on very traditional dishes (yes, of course there is a green bean and mushroom casserole with a crispy oniony topping—but wait until you see how delicious this fresher …

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5 Great Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It’s a-comin’. That big day, that big meal. But if you plan ahead, you will rule the world on the third Thursday of this month. Here are 5 recipes that I am 100 percent sure will be on our table, and it would thrill me to no end if some of them were on yours as well. Cornbread and Mushroom Stuffing If you cook this outside of the turkey (and then, especially if you hail from the South), it could well be called “dressing” instead of “stuffing”, then it’s a great vegetarian addition to the big meal. Loads of mushrooms …

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11 Essential Kitchen Gifts for the Holidays 2018

Most of us have a person or two on our holiday gift giving list who wants and/or needs some great basics to round out their kitchen cache. Here are 11 items that I have and love (in one version or another). These are the basics, and the good basics. Some of them are pricey, and some are less so, but if you are shopping for the person in your life who likes to hang out in the kitchen, these are 11 no-fail gifts that every cook would love in his or her kitchen. 1. Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife  The first …

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How to Make Great Streusel Topping in the Food Processor

In my mind, the only thing better than a pie is a pie with streusel or crumb topping.  There is a recipe on this blog, and in The Mom 100 Cookbook, for The Best Streusel Apple Pie, and no joke I make about ten a year, three on Thanksgiving alone. You can also use streusel to make any muffin that much better. Berry Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are a case in point, but really any muffin can be streusel-fied with gratifying results.  Just make sure you have not overfilled your muffin cups with batter, and when the batter rises the streusel could …

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