Thanksgiving

Sherry Green Beans That Sing!

Sher-er-rry, Sherry baby. Sher-er-rry, Sherry baby. She-er-rry, can you come out tonight? Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons may not have been asking for Sherry in their green beans but what a great idea to party up those traditional green beans for Thanksgiving! Bring out the sherry tonight and everyone can sign a round of Sherry Baby and be thankful for the variety!   Continue reading

Apple Crisp Martini – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Every year my girlfriend Kathy and I search for the season’s perfect summer and holiday cocktail. Well this year I am voting for the Apple Crisp Martini to launch the Thanksgiving holiday dinner! It has all the flavors of Fall but with a fun twist of a liqueur that you don’t hear about often enough.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini ~ Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Pumpkin pie says Thanksgiving but sometimes you just don’t have room for dessert. Well just like jello, there’s always room for a cocktail! Voila! Pumpkin pie in a glass! Oh so yummy and it is the perfect end to a very festive day.

Make a batch of cocktails ahead of time and rim your glasses so when all the leftovers are put away, all you have to do is pour, put your feet up and relax! Continue reading

49er Thanksgiving Dinner

I am a big fan of traditions but sometimes you just need to shake things up! My friend Kathy did just that for this year’s Thanksgiving feast. We have known each other since we were 3 years old so her family is my family and their children are our godchildren. That childhood takes us back to Modesto, CA and we are die hard San Francisco 49er fans!

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Give Me Gravy!

Gravy in Boat
 
Give me Gravy and I am a happy girl! I love mash potatoes and gravy any time of the year but on Thanksgiving is it a must! People stress over making the gravy and it really is not worth getting wound up over when you know how to make it. If all else fails, just run it through the strainer and pour it in the boat. No one will know. Gravy and a little poem to put a smile on your lips! Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends!

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Love my Leftovers!

 
I personally love leftovers! The flavors just get better and better and who could complain about the ease of dinner preparation for the next few nights. This is especially true for the Thanksgiving weekend in our house. It is finally “legal” to begin decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and that is a lot of work! When we are finished decorating at the end of each day, I am so grateful for my Thanksgiving feast revisited. 

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Grateful for the Challenges

There is a familiar chill in the air. Thanksgiving Day is here! The Thanksgiving season is a great time to appreciate the small, as well as the big fortunes in life. Every year, around this time, I pause to take a look at my life and the people around me. I’m truly thankful for the little things that so often get overlooked.

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Smokin’ Sweet Potato Casserole

 
Almost everyone I know loves Sweet Potato Casseroles, but not me! I have searched for one that will satisfy the sweet potato need in others and my love of smokey, spicy goodness. We tend to refer to everything as a sweet potato but what we are really wanting to use is the Yam. Yams will be an orangish-pink potato and will have the sweet flavor and fantastic color we are looking for. I think I have found the right combination of flavors for this recipe.

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New Twist for Green Bean Casserole

We love this recipe from Cooking Light. This is the perfect counterpoint to balance the flavors of Thanksgiving which are rich and savory. Green beans are a common side dish for the holidays but we typically see the tired old mushroom soup green bean casserole. The citrus brightens the flavor of the beans and helps to cut through the rich flavors of our traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

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