Persimmon Walnut Cream Tart with Shortbread Crust

You can always make pumpkin pie.  Or pecan.  Or you can switch things up a bit.  In truth, we almost never stick with the pumpkin/pecan staples.  And I’m not saying you should follow suite.  But when Thanksgiving doesn’t look all that traditional around here, why should dessert?  How about a persimmon tart with a walnut cream frangipane, and a much-easier-than-pie-crust shortbread crust?!  Plus, shortbread crust is roughly 10 times tastier and 100x less fickle than pie crust. I’m always shocked how few people have tried persimmons.  What are your thoughts??  I love persimmons.  I’ll even eat them raw.  The slightly spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg…

Horseradish Mashed Potato Pie with Herbed Mushroom Gravy

Hearty dishes don’t always mean meat.  This vegetarian main course or side dish is Thanksgiving ready!  The saucy gravy base is packed with mushrooms, fresh herbs, veggies, bulgar, a generous glug or two of red wine, and a lil bit of butter!  With horseradish yukon gold mashed potatoes on top and a little…. okay, maybe a lot of butter. Vegetarians and non-veggie eaters went in for scoop after scoop of this goodness!  So good!  The flavors fit right in alongside or instead of turkey!  If you aren’t sure about mushrooms, trust me, you want their flavor in this dish.  But maybe its more of a texture thing for ya, so just…

Stuffed Acorn Squash

When I was a kid, my favorite Thanksgiving food was stuffing! My family makes a sage stuffing recipe. I thought it was heaven on earth.   Probably because I had no idea other types of stuffing existed! When I discovered the wonders of oyster stuffing and sausage-apple stuffing, my eyes were opened to the world of options! My mom and extended family really like their staples. They rarely venture far from them. They make this stuffing with bread that I can only describe as the most basic white sandwich bread you can buy. Friends, what happens to basic white sandwich bread when it gets even a tiny bit wet? It turns…

Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you had to guess, what would you think the most popular recipe on Almost Properly is?  Never in a million years would I have guessed that it would be a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts.  These honey balsamic brussels sprouts to be  exact. Want to know something else, guess what the second mod popular recipe has been?  Another roasted brussels sprouts recipe.  These honey dijon brussels sprouts. So its safe to say that roasted brussels sprouts are having a moment…. or two. Its so ironic because as a kid I remember my mom serving steamed brussels sprouts with zero seasoning – because thats how my Mom served all steamed…

A Pivot in Direction and Apple Pie

I am passionate about food, my people, and any combination of the two. I had no intention of started yet another food blog.  The internet is pretty saturated with a lot of great ones already.  Instead, I envisioned a place that equips readers with the ability and confidence to embrace his or her community through hosting!  I don’t mean fancy multi-course meals but laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes, casual gatherings where everyone feels welcome to be themselves.  I’m not fancy enough for table linens, worrying about napkin placement, or discussions of “which fork do I use?” anyways. My vision for almostproperly.com was to make modern entertaining and cooking for a crowd easier, less…
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