Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving


Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

What do we do when we buy a bunch of raspberries because they’re on sale?  We make pie!  I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket for a while now, and have been meaning to make it, but grabbing some beautiful berries at a beautiful price sealed the deal.  And, the fact that this pie is so easy to throw together made it taste even sweeter.

I started by making an Oreo cookie crust.  I know, right?  Not a bad way to start things off.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh 1

Tomato and Corn Custard Pie

Tomato and Corn Custard Pie - Chew Nibble NoshAs I was getting ready to begin this post, it dawned on me that I seem to have a thing for tomato pies in the summertime.  I’ve posted a couple of different versions, and here is yet another.  I can honestly say that this one, right here, may be my favorite…so far, at least.  Not that the others aren’t delicious, but this one was really something special.

There is nothing like summer sweet corn, and no tomato ever tastes as good as a homegrown, summer tomato.  Put both of those together, and you’ve got some summer magic!

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

It was Monday, and I had a problem.  I was craving Mexican food.  The problem with that was twofold.  Our evening was busy enough that we couldn’t spend time going out for dinner.  Plus there was the fact that we’re leaving for a beach trip in a little over a week, so binging on tortilla chips and queso dip while sipping on a margarita, and then chasing it with enchiladas isn’t exactly what I need to be doing a week before I spend a few days in nothing but a swim suit.

Strawberry Piña Colada Pie – #RevIndy with Clabber Girl and a Rex Roasting Company Giveaway!

Strawberry Piña Colada Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s May, and May in Indianapolis means race season!  We Hoosiers are prepping for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, otherwise known as The Indianapolis 500.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of race fans make their pilgrimage to the track during the month of May, and this year, the party kicks off early.

On Friday, May 9th, the Rev Indy event will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, celebrating not only the amazing drivers and the sport of racing itself, but the fabulous food and music that the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. It will be a wonderful night, all for a wonderful cause, as it will raise funds to help support the Indiana University Health Statewide trauma programs.  I’ll be there, along with Clabber Girl, to celebrate!

Heirloom Tomato and Cheese Tart

Heirloom Tomato and Cheese Tart - Chew Nibble Nosh

This summer was a summer of firsts for our family.  We’d moved to a new place, so every day seemed like an adventure for a while, as we navigated our way through our new town.  One of the things I was incredibly excited to find on our exploration was our amazing local farmers market.  Actually, Indianapolis is lucky to be home to many amazing markets, but we frequented the Carmel Farmers Market, because it was close to home. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!  We love to grab a delicious, savory breakfast crepe (Avery prefers Nutella and Banana) or a “Walking Waffle”, and wander around the beautiful vendors booths, filling our bag with fresh baked pastries and breads, amazing produce, and so much more.

Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you like Key Lime Pie, you need to try this.  I am a huge Key Lime Pie fan in the summertime.  I find that it’s just the perfect dessert when the weather is balmy.  It’s tart, cool, and creamy, but still feels light and summery.  I love it.  This lemon pie, however, may have knocked Key Lime pie out of the running this summer for favorite dessert.

Rhubarb and Raspberry Crostata

Rhubarb and Raspberry Crostata - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, Aaron’s birthday.  It’s that one day a year, when I can look into my dear, sweet husband’s eyes and say, “You’re officially older than I am again. HA!”

And in turn, eight months from now, he’ll enjoy looking at his dear, sweet wife, and saying, “HA!  You’re old like me!”

For Aaron’s birthday this year, I decided to throw the birthday cake idea out the window and make something more his speed.  I’m a cake kind of person.  I love chocolate, rich, cakey kind of desserts.  Aaron?  He’d much prefer a pie.  Ultimately, he loves a good berry pie, so I knew that he’d probably really enjoy this free form raspberry and rhubarb crostata recipe that I’d been eyeing for a while.

Marlborough Apple Pie

Marlborough Apple Pie - Chew Nibble NoshHappy New Year’s Eve!

It’s amazing to think that in just a few short hours, it will be 2013.  I JUST got used to writing 2012 on my checks, and now I’m going to have to start all over!  This past year certainly did fly by.

I figure I’ll end Chew Nibble Nosh for 2012 on a sweet note, hoping it will inspire a wonderful year ahead for all of us.  Also, I figured it might be a good fit since today is, for many people, “The Last Great Pig Out Day of the Holidays Before I Start my Diet”.

Pizza di Spaghetti

When it comes to portion sizes, I’m usually pretty good at figuring out how much of something I need to make to feed my family.  Usually.  When it comes to pasta, namely spaghetti, I always end up making too much.

After a recent spaghetti dinner night, I was left with this…

It was about two cups of leftover pasta.  I put it in the fridge, determined to figure out some way to use it, and I did, the following night!