A few Thanksgivings ago, we were sitting at the table, passing food, when my aunt-in-law announced she had made her usual: green bean and fried onion casserole. Chunks rose at the thought of it. I know people who LOVE this dish, but WHY they love it is beyond me. I donned a smile and planned to pass the dish along, when auntie explained that she made her staple from scratch this year, using fresh green beans and real cream. I was intrigued, to say the least. I took a helping and, by god, if it wasn'tContinue Reading
Place cards add a personal touch to dinner gatherings. They are practical and inviting, giving a sense of place to all of your guests. They help you bring together new groups of people (or separate individuals!) and add a lovely touch to any table setting. Below is a round-up of our favorite DIY and printable place cards.
You know how much I love pizza, right? Why am I not surprised someone came up with an idea to use Thanksgiving leftovers to make an unbelievably tasty-looking pizza?
This 'Day-After-Thanksgiving Pizza' from Chef Bart Retolatto at The Maritime Hotel of Chelsea, New York, has a turkey-stuffed double crust, along with sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. Ok, you're right, it does sound kind of gross. But come on! It's pizza!
Right off the bat I like this girl's style. Heather from SprinkleBakes just combined everything delicious into this one fantasmagoriasmic cake. She found a Gourmet magazine chocolate cake recipe (which includes its fair share of brewed coffee), Swiss buttercream icing, cake donuts with a chocolate glaze, sprinkled it with espresso powder and silver sugar crystals. No more need for that 5-Hour Energy Drink, eh?Continue Reading
Potatoes are the bridge-builders, the peacemakers, the United Nations of the thanksgiving table. Some people hate Turkey. Others hate yams. Not everyone likes pie. But everyone likes potatoes. Mash-em, bake-em, roast-em, shake-em ... as long as they're not raw or made from a powdered mix, people will eat your potatoes.
Here's a collection of interesting, delicious-sounding, or well-reviewed potato recipes to help you tame theContinue Reading
Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving! That might sound like an oxymoron, considering the holiday’s nickname: Turkey Day. “How," meat eaters might ask, "can you possibly have a proper Thanksgiving without turkey?” As a practicing vegetarian for 20 years, let me just say we do just fine, thank you!
Side dishes, like stuffing and mashed potatoes and such are easy: you just leave out the meat and use vegetable-based broths to make ‘em. As for the mainContinue Reading
If you have a computer and a printer, then you also have a DIY photo booth just waiting awesome-ize the next birthday party, wedding, or celebration you attend. Some people think photo booths are lame or cheesy; I assure you, they are not. They're a ton of fun, help guests get to know each other, and make guestbooks great.