Creamy Cauliflower and White Bean Hummus + JORD Wood Watches

Any gathering where guests mill about pre-meal with a beverage in hand feels like there should be at least a light appetizer.  Right?  As a host, it seems irresponsible to pour wine so freely while guests’ bellies are empty….. Unless, of course, the gathering is Thanksgiving – the most infamously carb-heavy day of the year.  So much eating.  So much food.  So much post meal food-coma!  Do we really need an appetizer too?? If your friends are anything like ours, they arrive early and stay late.  Thanksgiving dinner (which we serve mid-afternoon) is an all day affair.  Appetizers feel like overkill with all the mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes,…

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up!

With the big day less than a week away… I’m putting alllll my favorite Thanksgiving ready recipes in one place – this post. Its feels like a pretty perfunctory blogger thing to do. But, I love reading recipe round-ups on other bloggers’ sites.  I get ideas from those posts all the time!  Since you are here, we probably have at least food in common.  So, here you go: a collection of my favorite Thanksgiving appetizers, salads, vegetarian sides, and desserts! Appetizers Honey Candied Pecans Thanksgiving is a heavy meal!  So I keep the appetizers to a minimum.  Since, I’ll be making these salad toppings, why not make extra for snacking!…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Candied Pecans, and Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I have to say, the culinary comeback of the brussels sprout is pretty spectacular.  What trendy neighborhood spot worth its salt doesn’t have a roasted brussels sprout on their apps list?  Not many…. If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably remember the unseasoned steamed variety.  I hated them.  I probably still would.  Who would want green steamed mush?  Or worse yet, when they weren’t all the way cooked and the parents demanded I eat my veggies.  Mush or partially raw woody sprouts?  Not sure which I hated more. So with a million delicious varieties of roasted sprouts making a comeback in recent years,  myself and…

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…
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