thanksgiving

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Apples and Pecans

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Apples and Pecans

I’ve been experimenting with new ways to use Brussel sprouts and have stumbled upon this very season appropriate salad with apples, cranberries, peppers, goat cheese, and pecans. It’s the perfect use of Brussel sprouts for a Thanksgiving side. I’m usually not big on salad for Thanksgiving, but this one is just so perfect. It’s festive and has all the the Flavors we know to associate with the holiday.

Buttery Roasted Acorn Squash with Quinoa Stuffing

Buttery Roasted Acorn Squash with Quinoa Stuffing

There are a lot of wonderful nutty and earthy flavors coming out in this meal. Definitely high in the umami department. My mom is coming to town this year to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we are all heading to friend's house for a potluck. I'm definitely making this dish - and maybe for Christmas as well.

Maple Walnut Apple Crisp with Raisins

Maple Walnut Apple Crisp with Raisins

Did I mention that last week I was able to finally perfect my apple crisp while the baby was sleeping? Since the beginning of the summer I've been on a quest for the ultimate apple crisp, which to me means big juicy chunks of apples, a little tart a little sweet, slightly soft with a little crunch, bathed in a thick sweet syrupy liquid topped with a buttery, nutty crumble, but not too crumbly.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Candied Pecans

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Candied Pecans

This cheesecake recipe is one that I have been making for a while. I love it so much that I really haven't thought of trying anything else. The consistency is more of a creamy pumpkin pie than your typical New York style cheesecake.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Tarts

Gingersnap Pumpkin Tarts

After Thanksgiving, I decided to experiment with my pumpkin pie recipe. I wanted to try and make it into mini tart form. I choose little gingersnap tart shells, because of gingersnap cookies, and tiny food, am I right? The tart crust came out soft and caramel, almost chewy. It was a perfect combination to the pumpkin filling.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe has been tested and tweaked a few times over the years, and each year I can't decide on whether I am calling it a cupcake or a muffin. Brent thinks that it is a cupcake because it has icing. I agree, but I also feel that its much more like a muffin in taste and texture.