Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Fontina Cheese {with Thyme}


When I stumbled upon this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens I knew I wanted it to grace my table on Thanksgiving. I love sweet potatoes. And I love fontina cheese. And I love the idea of a more savory flavored sweet potato because I tend to gravitate toward recipes that mitigate the natural sweetness…

Classic Sage and Sausage Dressing


Do you know the difference between dressing and stuffing? There’s very little. It depends on how you cook it but people use the term interchangeably unless you are in the South. Then apparently it’s “dressing” no matter how you cook it. Stuffing is dressing that’s “stuffed” into the turkey and cooked. Dressing is cooked in…

Perfect Mashed Potatoes {pioneer woman}


If I could chose only one side dish for Thanksgiving it would likely be mashed potatoes. I always pile a large amount on my plate. They are the best thing ever. Truly. Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally about the only time I make them so to me they are an extra special treat. Which naturally…

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits


There is nothing more Thanksgiving to me than cornbread. I like to have it on my table every year or some sort of cornmeal or corn dish as a substitute. I didn’t have any clear idea of what I wanted to do this year with the cornbread. Last year I didn’t make cornbread because I…

Maple Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts


There was a time when I despised Brussels sprouts. I had a roommate about 10 years ago who loooooved Brussels Sprouts. She would microwave them until they were hard tiny balls and pop them into her mouth. I hated the smell. That was my first foray with Brussels sprouts; I wouldn’t touch them with a…

Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Honey Butter


I ripped this recipe out of a Bon Appetit magazine a year or two ago and had been wanting to make it ever since. Somehow I never got around to making it until today. The magazine describes the recipe as “easy” but I find it a bit putzy. Still, usually putzy recipes translate to worth…

The Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits {in the history of all time}


A few years ago my friend and her then-husband figured out that if you make cookie dough, roll the dough into balls and then freeze the balls of dough, you can make and eat fresh baked cookies every night. And they did. And she gained weight from it. Her words; not mine. I didn’t notice….

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Cauliflower Fritters


Every time I buy cauliflower (or rather cauliflower rice these days) I get grandiose thoughts of doing something cool with it and then sort of forget that the cauliflower is even in my refrigerator. I guess I must not find cauliflower all that exciting when you get right down to it or I wouldn’t procrastinate…

Creamy Cheesy {Italian} Asparagus


Did you know there’s such thing as “Creamed Asparagus on Toast”? Really. There is. Google it. There are tons of recipes. I discovered the recipe (which seems like an odd combination if you ask me) when I was searching for a recipe for creamed asparagus. In fact even recipes that I thought might actually be…

Thanksgiving Day Bacon and Biscuit Dressing


I’m afraid the pictures for this dressing do the recipe no justice. But you’ll have to trust me on the fact that any dressing recipe made out of biscuits and bacon is going to rock your world. This one rocked mine. My grandma sent me a recipe that she clipped from Penzey’s magazine. I could…

Bacon, Cheese and Poppy Seed Biscuits with Sage


In the Thanksgiving edition of Food Network Magazine there was a Mix & Match Biscuit recipe which is where I created the biscuit for this year’s Thanksgiving. It was rolls versus biscuits and my dad chose biscuits and the recipe. He dictated that the biscuits must have bacon and cheese and said that I could…

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


I found these potatoes listed in the Thanksgiving 2016 section in my Thanksgiving edition of Food Network Magazine. These potatoes are a bit putzy what with having to roast the garlic, make the cheese and rosemary shards and then finally boil up the potatoes. But, I will tell you that they are every bit worth…

Cauliflower Gratin


I found a very basic recipe for Cauliflower Gratin when flipping through Foot Network Magazine a couple of weeks ago. I unsheathed the recipe this morning when I was trying to finalize my Thanksgiving menu and found the recipe in a pile of recipes I had set aside. I had an extra bag of Riced…

Cashew Butter Parsnip Fries


Still dreaming of foods crusted in seeds, I began looking for a french fry-like recipe that was healthy. I was leaning toward avocado french fries when I found a recipe for parsnip fries at Oh She Glows and I thought to myself … why the hell not. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a parsnip…

Spinach Gratin with Eggs


  Would anyone think less of me if I ate creamed vegetables for dinner every night this week? Because I’m on that track. After the success of last night’s dinner, I had a sneaking suspicion that you can add heavy cream to any leafy vegetable, bake it with an abundance of cheese and it will…

Lacinato Kale Gratin


All right; listen up. This is a serious recipe my friends. It’s so special it’s a dish you want to eat all by yourself or share only with the ones you love the most. That’s right. It’s that GD special. To start with, this side dish is freaking expensive to make. I had to go to…