Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Onions, Bacon and Cranberries

roasted brussels sprouts with bacon-2

On Thanksgiving, my husband cooks our turkey. It goes in the countertop rotisserie and spins around, cooking for a few hours. It’s always juicy and so flavorful, and everyone dives for it. But me? I am all about the side dishes. There’s something exciting about a table loaded with squash, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green…

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Cranberry Citrus Martini (and Don’t Forget the Drinks)

cranberry citrus martini-1

Confession: I’ve been known to carefully plan holiday dinners but totally forget about drinks. Usually it’s my husband who clues into the conspicuous absence of beverages. He asks me if I bought anything to serve for drinks. And my response? Usually something like “Well, there’s water!” He’s not fond of that answer. Don’t worry —…

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Vegetable Barley Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

roasted vegetable barley salad

One of the keys to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving lies in the planning aspect. Good planning doesn’t just center around dishes that complement each other — the dishes also should make sense in terms of timing. For instance, if you have one oven (which clearly needs to cook the turkey) and only four burners to…

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Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

five spice roasted squash seeds

These might look a lot like roasted pumpkin seeds. But they aren’t. They’re actually from a spaghetti squash. And they’re just as delicious. Ok. Are you ready for this? This might blow your mind a little … You can roast seeds from any squash for a delicious snack. Seriously. Squash seeds are edible and can…

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Tomatoes of a Different Shade

heirloom tomatoes

For weeks, I waited impatiently as the early summer gave way to the heat of late July, ushering in tomato season here in Connecticut. And when the first tomatoes appeared in farm stores and at the farmer’s market, I was ecstatic, buying up even the early ones, which aren’t as sweet or juicy August tomatoes….

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