Monthly Archives: November 2011

Year-Round Thanksgiving Dinners Made Easy

  Why is it that my family looks forward to Thanksgiving so much? That’s what I asked myself this afternoon and I was shocked to realize that I don’t really make these big meals with their favorites foods, like Butterball turkey often enough. This year I made quite a few changes in my life. While […]

Holiday Party Clean-Up

You may have noticed, I’m a huge fan of Thanksgiving, I love the food, the company, the warm feeling of gratitude, and did I mention the food? What I don’t love is eating myself silly and then having to face the pile of dishes from . . . well, you know where it’s from, right? […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! What I am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! There is something wonderfully gratifying about gathering together over food and giving thanks for the good things in this life. I believe we all have two families, the one we are given and the one we create through marriage and friendship. Each year as we celebrate Thanksgiving (multiple times in my household), we […]

Divide and Conquer: How to Prepare a Great Meal with Many Cooks in the Kitchen

I’m lucky. My husband is an incredible cook (he’s owned and operated restaurants and catering companies) and my son inherited hubby’s cooking genes. While hubby won’t go near the kitchen on a day to day basis, when it comes to cooking for a crowd – he’s ALL IN. The downside of having 3 cooks in […]

What to Bring as a Guest on Thanksgiving: Asiago Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Bacon

We’ve all done it. We’ve either called the hostess asking what we should bring, or been called by everyone who’s coming to dinner. As the host/hostess your first reaction may be a heroic “Oh, you don’t have to bring anything, just you being there is enough.” FORGET the heroics. At least here at the mansion […]

Our Favorite Things About Thanksgiving – From Decorating to Cooking

Turkey with stuffing and orange and brown napkins. Family around the table and lots of great snacking. These are a few of our favorite things. There’s a reason we often think of Thanksgiving as our favorite holiday. Actually, there are lots of reasons. It’s a holiday filled with food, family, and all kinds of traditions. […]

One Week and Counting: Head Start on the Big Day

“Relax…it’s only a dinner.” That’s what my husband says as he walks out of the house to leave me with all of the preparations for Thanksgiving. It’s ONLY a DINNER? My family, his family, friends will all be descending on MY CASA in expectation of the meal that they’ve been looking forward to all year […]

My #1 Question for the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

You’ve seen this number before, right? 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372). The number starts showing up every year as your go-to for Thanksgiving turkey preparation questions. Did you know the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line was launched in 1981? Do you realize that this means that 2011 will be the 31st year that cooks will have the benefit of having […]

Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Cake and Ice Cream Pops

Forget the pie this Thanksgiving! Well, maybe you shouldn’t forget the pie. But this year could be the perfect time for you to add another dessert to your holiday repertoire. After all, your dinner guests are going to love all the festive options and they’ll be super impressed by this easy, but splendid dessert. And […]

A Digital Savvy Thanksgiving

In many ways, Thanksgiving is an incredibly traditional holiday. From the food to the family atmosphere, people tend to find their Thanksgiving groove and stick to it. There’s something comforting and warm about knowing just what to expect on the third Thursday of every November. And while we’re all for sticking to tradition when it […]