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Thankful for You

In Food, Recipes on November 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm


Oh, hi there! It’s been a while. Thank you guys for continuing to visit the site (we are at almost a million views!!!!). So where have I been? I’ve been cooking, a lot, over on my Instagram feed. But with Thanksgiving approaching, which is my very favorite day of the entire year, I had a little more to say! This year we’re celebrating with a few of our favorite friends and combining two family traditions, and I can’t wait. I started planning the menu a few weeks before Halloween (like around Labor Day) but wasn’t allowed to talk about it out loud until November rolled around.

I’ve ordered our BN Ranch Heritage Turkey from Gwen Butcher Shop, which comes with Curtis Stone’s homemade cranberry sauce. And I’m buying the pies. There I said it. I ordered one of these Winter Luxury Pumpkin Pies from Valerie Confections, which uses roasted ‘Winter Luxury’ pumpkins and is topped with whipped cream.

pumpkin pie

I had planned to make a pecan pie for my husband, because it is the only thing he wants at Thanksgiving really, but then I got to talking to my barista the other day and learned that Go Get ‘Em Tiger is making Brown Butter Pecan Pies with toasted California pecans, brown butter sauce and a whole wheat crust. Whoa!


So what else will be on the table? This incredible Mushroom Thyme Gravy, for sure. It’s vegetarian and make-ahead. I put it together in the morning and keep it warm in a thermos all day.


Both families are making a stuffing, and I’m going back and forth between three options for ours. Stay tuned! Mashed potatoes, check. Green beans, roasted carrots, check. My husband is grilling Brussels sprouts which he tosses in parm, and our friend Justin is mixing up Whiskey Sours and Shrimp Cocktail while we all cook. Would love to hear your must-haves for Thanksgiving, particularly if you have any favorite stuffing recipes.

  1. Congrats on 1,000,000 views! That’s so exciting – and a lot of zeros! 🙂

  2. You’re back! Hooray! The menu sounds divine.

  3. Have missed you: What to cook without your? Ah, you’re back. xoxo Mary

  4. So glad to see you posting again! I’ve missed you here!!

  5. Yay!! Great to see you back here. I love this story. We joke year round about how Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year and the only holiday I care about. I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner–love it. This year I’m making two turkeys and experimenting with a gluten-free gravy. I never get to the pie that night so we always buy a pumpkin pie from Buttercream and eat it for breakfast the next day–my second favorite holiday.

  6. PS. If you hadn’t written about margaritas way way back, I’m not sure how I would have survived. That is my primer for every cocktail I make! Happy Thanksgiving, Heather!

    • Lori, thank you so much!!!! Want to hear how your turkeys turn out – are you cooking them the same way or different methods? I am a lousy baker and my sister always does the pies but she’s out of town this year so I’m buying. No shame. And I’m sure we will be eating for breakfast as well. I bet the Buttercream pumpkin is the bomb. xx

  7. You’re so lucky–I always have to cook Thanksgiving dinner exactly as it was made in 1967, the way God intended. *eye roll*

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