Recipes

ROASTED SQUASH SOUP

Consider this the anti-classic sweet potato side dish. Yes, it’s filled with that squash-y yammy sweetness, but without the marshmallow intensity you’ll find with most side dishes. Subtly spiced and all about the vegetables, this kabocha squash, yam, and celery root soup, with hints of smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander, is the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup olive […]
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FRENCH HOT CHOCOLATE

I stumbled across this recipe for an especially elegant sounding hot chocolate in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Gold Cookbook by Louis P. DeGouy, 1947. I love the idea of having hot chocolate ready to go at a moment’s notice, and discovered that this mix makes a delicious hot fudge sauce as well. I keep a big jar […]
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O.G. GINGERBREAD COOKIES

O.G. Gingerbread cookies are a must. You can’t bake these without it immediately feeling (and smelling) like Christmas. This is a super simple, super classic recipe, with very few bells and whistles. But you know what? Sometimes things don’t need a clever twist, sometimes they’re perfect just the way they are. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS For about 4 dozen cookies 3 1/4 […]
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THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS SOUP

Leftover quesadillas, leftover hash, and of course leftover sandwiches are my family’s go-to Thanksgiving hangover meals. But this year, I think I have a more healthful, comforting solution for what to do with all of that extra turkey. This soup is similar to a simple chicken noodle soup, but it’s flavor comes from the herbs, spices, and definitely the fennel […]
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THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER HAND PIES

Hand pies, or pasties as I know them, are part of the bedrock of Australian cuisine. Being half Australian, I grew up eating these by the handful, with plenty of curried ketchup on the side. My mom would bake dozens of these for dinner parties, always playing with the flavor profile. Cheese and spinach one night, beef with peas and […]
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THANKSGIVING H’ORS D’UEVRES

God, she’s beautiful. As far as opening lines in movies go, this is one of my favorites. At a crowded Thanksgiving party in an apartment, Michael Caine’s London accent narrates the scene: She’s got the prettiest eyes, and she looks so sexy in that sweater.  I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how […]
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POTATO LEEK GRATIN

Cold, wet weather reminds me of my days skipping school with my mom. She would tell my siblings and I, “You can’t go outside – you’re made of sugar and you’ll melt!” and that was that. We were good students, so she’d let us take those kind of liberties as long as there wasn’t a test that day. Also, I’m […]
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FALL SANGRIA

Sangria is usually designated as a summer time drink, it is wine with ice cubes in it after all, but I love it in the fall. Imagine mulled wine, but a little sexier, and definitely served before dinner as an aperitif. This recipe is one of my favorites, using seasonal fruit like apples and pears, and instead of classic red […]
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TINA’S PUMPKIN PECAN PIE

I’m thankful for my Aunt Tina’s pies.  They’re the kind of pies that sticky fingered children would steal out of window sills. This pie is the centerpiece of all of our Thanksgiving celebrations: it’s spicy and rich, but not heavy, and has a brown sugar butter pecan topping. It’s perfect.  The pumpkin filling is light, not overly dense and thick, […]
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