Recipes

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 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 LEFTOVERS: 3 WAYS

The left over sandwich is one of my favorite moments of the holiday season, sometimes even more than the meal itself.  My mom has perfected it: soft, chewy bread; a perfect blend of the leftovers, and plenty of arugula to add some freshness and bite. But why end it at just a sandwich? Here are recipes for a Leftovers sandwich, […]
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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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TURKETTA

Ok, so, I just want to emotionally prepare you for this: this is the best turkey I’ve ever had. It’s juicy beyond belief, crazy flavorful, and the skin – oh Lord the skin! – is insanely crispy. And just to convince you that I’m not full of it, I had 3 different people try it and they agree with me, […]
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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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BRUCE’S SPICY CORNBREAD DRESSING

Last year I had two thanksgivings, back to back. My fiance’s family had a Thanksgiving lunch, and a little later my family had an early Thanksgiving dinner.  My family kills it at Thanksgiving. My mom’s stuffing is wonderful, Tina’s pies are next level, and on the whole, we have very high expectations when it comes to Thanksgiving sides.  My intention […]
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BROWN BUTTER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

This is the perfect dinner party soup.  Comforting and a little decadent, it also looks beautiful in the bowl.  The combination of sweet, tart, smokey, and brown buttery is a definite crowd pleaser. INGREDIENTS For 8-10 2 butternut squash, halved and deseeded 2 kabocha squash (or pumpkin), halved and deseeded olive oil 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 brown onion, chopped […]
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CRANBERRY SAUCE + GRAVY

It’s that time of year again! Cranberry sauce and gravy time.  They both serve opposite purposes on the plate, but I can’t imagine a slice of roasted turkey without both of these butting up against it.  The other funny thing about both of these sauces is that they’re so often lackluster.  A bitter, thick cranberry sauce or a runny, less […]
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