Monthly Archives: November 2011

Carving the beast, a Thanksgiving how to

Here is a quick rundown of how I carve a bird. If you prefer to cut it at the table as people request it then more power to you. In my opinion it is far less of a mess to … Continue reading

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Not your mama’s green bean casserole

Please consider this an alternative to that can-of-soup, fake-onion, one-dish disaster that has sunk far too many a Thanksgiving table over the years. Green beans au gratin (adapted from The Silver Spoon) 4 cups green beans, trimmed 1 leek, trimmed … Continue reading

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Sweet potato pie and the tale of two mashers

By Katherine About a year ago, my parents were down for a visit and we were in a flea market when I eyed something I had to have — a Tupperware potato masher in a shade of green that was … Continue reading

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Brandy milk punch

We clipped this recipe from a magazine years ago, I wish I could remember which one. (Update: Thanks to Andrea for telling us it was Budget Living!) It’s called “Godfather Jimmy’s Milk Punch” in the green journal we reserve for … Continue reading

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Chocolate bourbon pecan pie

What on earth could make pecan pie even better? Bourbon. What on earth could make bourbon pecan pie better? You see where we’re going with this… Chocolate bourbon pecan pie 1 prepared pie crust (unbaked) 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 … Continue reading

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Cranberry sauce with raspberries

When one berry just isn’t enough… Cranberry sauce with raspberries 12 ounces cranberries 12 ounces raspberries (fresh or frozen) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup cranberry/pomegranate juice (100 percent cranberry is fine) juice from 1/2 an orange … Continue reading

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Cornbread stuffing

By Katherine Our first Thanksgiving together, I made something very clear to Greg. I didn’t care whether we had pumpkin or pecan pie, how the cranberries were made or what he did to the green beans. But there was no … Continue reading

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A modern-day succotash

Thanksgiving is not normally known for the vegetable dishes. Sure there are some classics that come to mind, like green bean casserole which I have always found to be absolutely disgusting, but usually the veggies get put on the back … Continue reading

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Mashed potatoes with truffle oil and porcini mushrooms

Roasted garlic and silky truffle oil take mashed potatoes to a whole new level. You may need a bit more cream depending on how you like your potatoes. This serves a large party, but can easily be scaled down. Although … Continue reading

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Pumpkin bisque with shrimp

This is a light, simple and very flavorful bisque. The base can be prepared a day ahead and then finished 15 minutes before serving. All of this makes it a perfect first course for meals that are quite large, time … Continue reading

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