Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Like most of the country, I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s the best dinner of the year, isn’t it?  Family, friends, an insane amount of food, and good cheer?  Perfect.

One of my favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes to make is a sweet, pecan-crunchy topped sweet potato casserole.  It’s a family favorite, and a hit every time.  That said, there’s nothing wrong with changing up tradition every once in a while and trying something new.  I ran across this recipe for Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes and figured I’d give them a try.  It really is a single serving version of the giant sweet potato casserole that I usually bring to the table, but would work for both a crowd or a small group.  You just need to adjust the amount of potatoes you use.  Plus, they can be made ahead, which is always a huge plus on Turkey Day.

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Herbs and Wine

Where has this year gone?  I truly can’t believe that it’s time for me to talk turkey already.  It seems like it was just yesterday that my mother and father in-law came to visit and I made this for them…but that was last year, before Thanksgiving.  Since we weren’t going to be able to have Thanksgiving Day dinner with them, I made a mini-Thanksgiving for us and had this turkey breast for the first time.  I’d never made a turkey breast before, always a whole turkey, and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting much.

Autumn Wheat Berry Salad

I’ve wanted to post this recipe for a while, and I’m kind of glad that I waited.  While it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving side dish, it would certainly fit in well on a Thanksgiving table.  Plus, it can go from side dish to main dish in an instant if you just add some grilled chicken or, perhaps, some leftover Thanksgiving turkey?  Yep.  In my mental calendar of “Where Things Belong on the Blog”, this fits well here.

Pumpkin Custards with Peppery Pecans

I’ve already expressed to you my love of all things pumpkin around the holidays.  Pumpkin just takes me to a warm fuzzy place.  It’s the quintessential taste of fall, in my opinion. It seems only fitting that pumpkin pie would be the quintessential dessert on Thanksgiving.  It’s always been there and always will be.  There’s nothing wrong with that!  But, I decided to change things up a bit when I cooked up Thanksgiving Dinner #1 over the weekend.  We were not disappointed!

“Thanksgiving in a Dish” Sausage Maple Bread Stuffing

DISCLAIMER:  I love to tell you about quick, easy recipes.  You know I do.  This recipe is far from quick.  It is THE most time-consuming part of my Thanksgiving repertoire.  That said, it’s something I’ve been asked by my family to make every year since I found the recipe 4 years ago.  Plus, you can make it up to two days ahead of time, so it ends up actually saving you time on Thanksgiving day.  It’s not difficult, at all, but you have to be patient with it.  That said, here we go!