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Spice Cookies and Happy Thanksgiving

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I’m sure you have all of your Thanksgiving desserts under control.  If so, put this one on your list for your Christmas cookie power baking day. Because I’m sure you have that day, right? The one where you try to make every cookie in your repertoire, just because you can.  And you must.

Maybe skip the sugar cookie cutouts this year for something a little more interesting.  Not to mention, if you’re not exactly the Martha Stewart of cookie decorating, these are much more forgiving.

Spice cookies are the warm hug of cookies.  These ones are particularly lovely with the addition of honey for that extra depth of something-something.

Take a little nibble nibble of a spice cookie, a sip of latte, repeat.  Do it. It’s a mini holiday.

Many folks’ Christmas trees are already up, and holiday lights seem to start twinkling soon after Halloween.  What about the less glitzy, (slightly) less commercial Thanksgiving?  Though it seems Thanksgiving doesn’t get all the credit it deserves, it is one of my personal favorite holidays.

The plethora of exceptional food is, of course, one reason I love it.  More importantly, each year it never fails that I am reminded to quit worrying about little things and to focus on positivity and how truly lucky I am.  It may seem cliche to talk about what you are thankful for on this day, but I’m going to do it anyway.
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Mom’s Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

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Everyone has a dish that defines their Thanksgiving table.  This one dish can bring back memories of holidays past, and carry on family traditions for future generations.

I happen to be very blessed and come from a family of amazing cooks.  I’ve never had a bad meal for any holiday or special occasion.

That said, I do have my favorites, and my mom’s stuffing is one of them.  It’s a little taste of home.

Every person has a different interpretation on what stuffing is to them.  There are hundreds of interpretations and schools of thought when it comes to what is, and should be, in stuffing. Read More »

Thyme Roasted Carrots

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When you have gorgeous fresh vegetables, you don’t need to do much to them to make them amazing.  It’s not hard to make their natural beauty shine through. This is the best thing about using local, farm fresh, organic produce.

Contrary to woody, giant, tasteless conventional grocery store carrots, these little beauties that came in my farm box this week don’t even need to be peeled to be enjoyed.  Simply rinse, trim the tops, leaving a little mohawk of green, and slice lengthwise.  Then you’re ready to go.  That’s it.  Really. Read More »

Perk up your mashed potatoes

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I love Tyler Florence’s recipe for mashed potatoes…with grainy mustard added!  It may sound odd, but it produces a really flavorful result.  Try this recipe this Thanksgiving instead of your normal ho-hum mashed potatoes.  They don’t even need gravy! Read More »

Getting Mentally Prepared for Thanksgiving.

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(Comic courtesy www.nataliedee.com)
I have officially just butchered my first turkey.   Actually, first animal in general.  Since my knife skills are horrible at best, I generally avoid buying cuts of meat that need to have the bones removed.  I usually leave that to the professionals.  But apparently there is no such thing as a boneless, skinless, natural turkey breast in Tacoma.   I know, the fact that I removed the turkey breasts from a turkey may not be a notable event to you, but I am pretty excited.  It even looked right.  Can’t wait to butcher my next whole animal.  Next time, maybe a chicken.  Oooohhhh…Ahhhhh… Read More »