Archives: Thanksgiving

Butternut Squash Soup

October 9, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Butternut Squash Soup | Filed in Autumn, Soup/Stew, Thanksgiving, Winter

October here in Portland can be a mixed bag of weather changes. One day the sun is out and we’re blessed with Indian summer warmth. The next day may bring overcast skies and rain showers. Some days we even get to experience a potpourri of all that: sun, clouds, rain, fog. Yes, the weather here is fickle…some might […]

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Chicken Potpie Pasta

January 21, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Chicken Potpie Pasta | Filed in Chicken, Christmas, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Thanksgiving

  This recipe for Chicken Potpie Pasta is an easy-to-fix twist on the classic comfort food dish. You get all the chicken potpie flavors without the fuss of making pie crust…perfect for a weeknight meal! I added a little white wine and some freshly chopped parsley to the sauce, and substituted a cup or so […]

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Grilled Turkey, Bacon, Radicchio, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches

December 27, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Thanksgiving, Turkey

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover roast turkey. Or just use deli turkey if you prefer. I love the combo of smoky bacon and blue cheese…yum! Radicchio is a sturdy leafy green veggie that holds up well to heat. I didn’t have any (and wasn’t going to make another trip to […]

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Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn

December 1, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Since the holidays are are upon us, here’s a great side dish that will compliment a potpourri of menus. I love the combination of chewy wild rice, roasted butternut squash and sweet corn…delish! This dish goes well with just about any meat, and much of the recipe can be made ahead of time — making […]

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Heartland Turkey and Vegetable Chowder

November 29, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Heartland Turkey and Vegetable Chowder | Filed in Comfort Food, Holidays, Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Vegetable

I’m always on the search for new ways to use up leftover turkey, which is what led me to this delicious soup. It’s loaded with fresh veggies and herbs, and you can substitute different veggies depending on what you have on hand. For instance, I used green beans instead of zucchini. Serve with crusty bread […]

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Leftovers aren’t forever!

November 21, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Leftovers aren’t forever! | Filed in Christmas, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Morsels & Musings, Thanksgiving, Turkey

Here’s some great advice on how to safely store your holiday leftovers (or any meal for that matter): Leftovers Aren’t Forever -from Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers On Thanksgiving, store your leftovers safely. Get any leftover turkey and stuffing into the refrigerator within two hours of serving. Never leave leftovers out overnight. Slice all of the […]

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

November 20, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Filed in Autumn, Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Comfort Food, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Pumpkin admirers will love this moist pumpkin cake. It’s easy to make, not too sweet, and tastes pumpkin pie-ish (only better)! The cake took longer to bake than the recipe states. I had to turn my oven down a bit so it wouldn’t brown too much. Check the cake at 30 minutes and if it’s […]

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Chile

November 19, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Chile | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Potatoes, Recipes, Side Dish, Southwestern, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian

I love sweet potatoes (yams) but I’m not a fan of the cloyingly sweet dishes that call for sugar and marshmallows. Instead, I prefer savory sweet potato recipes like this one that includes smoky chipotle chiles. The heat of the chiles is really delicious with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. This recipe is perfect […]

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Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts

November 17, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Winter

If you’re looking for a creative stuffing/dressing recipe for this holiday season, you’ll want to give this one a try. I had never tried rice stuffing before and was intrigued by the list of ingredients in this recipe from best-selling author Debbie Macomber: crunchy water chestnuts, toasted hazelnuts, tart apples, and sweet raisins. Hazelnuts (filberts) are grown […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

November 12, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This is seriously one of the easiest side dishes I’ve ever made. If you like brussels sprouts then you’ll love the extra flavor that roasting brings out in them. If you don’t like brussels sprouts then maybe it’s time to try them. C’mon, I dare you! These pint-sized cabbages are loaded with Vitamins A and […]

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