Hoity Toity Cranberry Sauce

There’s a big Thanksgiving debate in my family every year.  It’s very serious and it gets very heated.  Third parties often get involved.  It is a disagreement over the very important topic of cranberry sauce.   Continue Reading

Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip #4

Don't be intimidated by making your own pie crust. Be sure to keep your butter and water cold, and you can have a homemade flaky crust in no time!

Pie crusts from scratch are easier than you might think!  Here’s the super simple recipe I use:

3 cups flour, separated

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks cold butter, cubed

1/2 cup ice water

Combine 2 1/2 cups flour and salt in a food processor.  Add butter in 3-4 increments and pulse between each addition. Add ice water and pulse until dough forms.

Divide dough in half and flatten into two round disks.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

When ready to use, roll out one disk and line pie dish with the dough.  Fill with your filling of choice and bake according to pie’s recipe. Cut off any crust that overhangs the edge of the pie dish. The second disk can be rolled out and cut into strips for a lattice top, or to make a second pie!

Need some recipes?  Try this exquisite Balsamic Strawberry & Basil Tart or this mouthwatering Kentucky Sweet Potato Pie.


Kentucky Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Aside from dessert, my favorite food on the Thanksgiving table is the sweet potatoes.  And that’s probably because it’s basically a dessert that’s served with dinner. My mom’s sweet potatoes are always topped with cherries, pineapple rings, and plenty of marshmallows. Just how I like ’em!

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Maple Creme Brulee

Torching a Maple Creme Brulee

Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses on tradition and family.  It seems like every year we go to the same house and eat the same food with the same people.  As a person of routine, I love tradition. I order the same food at the same restaurants.  I try to maintain as much consistency in my schedule as possible.  I love comfortable and familiar.  But when it comes to Thanksgiving, I like to add a little something different each year. Continue Reading