Thanksgiving

Maple Apple Pie with Walnut Crumble Topping

Apple crumble pie is the best of both worlds with a flaky crust and crumbly topping. This pie also has some maple syrup in the mix for added fall flavor.

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The last day of September is upon us, seriously where did the month go? While I have finally succumbed to fall baking starting with apples the last two weeks it’s already time to start diving into pumpkin and Halloween candy with October. But first the apples. It has come to my attention that I have a decent supply of apple pie recipes. Regular double-crust apple pie, caramel apple, apple pecan, apple blackberry, and even an apple crumble. However, evidently I have not reached the quota and have yet another apple pie recipe for you and it may be my new favorite. It combines the classic deliciousness of a traditional pie crust with the excellence of a nutty crumble topping and some maple syrup for good measure. The sugar content of the filling may be slightly decreased but don’t worry the sugar in the crumbly topping compensates.

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One year ago: Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream

Three years ago: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blossoms

Get your taste buds ready for fall with these sweet and chewy snickerdoodles topped with a pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kiss. 

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Despite the summer weather I am still experience, I caved into the pressures of fall baking. Although I did resist opening a can of pumpkin just yet. Instead I snagged a bag of festive candies. Fall and winter holidays bring some of the best festive candies there’s no reason to avoid them. Has anyone found the Pumpkin Golden Oreos yet? I have heard mixed reviews but still want to try them for myself.

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I am starting my seasonal candy baking with the pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses. These pumpkin kisses paired perfectly with chewy snickerdoodle cookies especially with the addition of some nutmeg into the cinnamon-sugar coating. You may be tricked into thinking the cookies themselves have pumpkin in them.

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One year ago: French Toast Waffles

Two years ago: No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
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Quick Turkey Noodle Soup

Last Sunday I showed you how to cook a Thanksgiving meal for two with a little bit leftover to enjoy another day. Today I sharing a fun way to utilize Thanksgiving leftovers, inspired by my grandmother and her ability to make soup out of anything.

When I first decided to make a noodle soup with leftover turkey, I realized that gravy is literally reduced stock (assuming you cook down the turkey juices to make gravy) and therefore could be reconstituted in this soup. Take a moment to bask in my glorious realization. Of course you could use premade stock or a store-bought stock concentrate but if you have gravy you may as well use it! After how delicious my gravy turned out, I couldn’t see how it could possibly be a bad idea.

 Quick Turkey Noodle Soup

One year ago: Gluten-Free Ooey Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Two years ago: Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Three years ago: Matzo Ball Soup
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Happy Thanksgiving & French Toast Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! Or as I like to call it, Fat Kid Day! It also just so happens to be National French Toast Day so before you dig into that turkey, how about some breakfast? I was a bit sad to discover that I only have 5 recipes total for french toast. Disgraceful after 3 years of blogging. I’ll have to work on that, but in the meantime check out these yummy options to start the day:

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  Banana Bread French Toast

  French Toast Waffles

  Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast

  Peanut Butter French Toast

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Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread

In case you live under a rock, it’s the day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have your menus planned and prepped or know what you are bringing to help supplement someone else’s feast. If you happen to still be hunting for the carbs, I highly suggest my Greek yogurt-rosemary dinner rolls or this bread. Because what’s more festive than cranberry bread?

Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread 1

Oh but there’s more than just cranberries in this gorgeous loaf. How about some crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and the usual fall suspect of cinnamon? I knew that would catch your attention. Not only is this bread visually appealing, it will also satisfy your nose with its wonderful aromas. With a swipe of honey butter on top you may not even need dessert – but who am I kidding? Bring on the dessert to seal off this food celebration fit for a fat kid.

Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread 2

One year ago: Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats

Three years ago: Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…

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In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?

You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.

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One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Three years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Normally for Single Serving Sunday I try to share recipes that only make one serving, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast I decided to do something special – a Thanksgiving meal that serves two. Many recipes for Thanksgiving produce a magnitude of servings, but what about the people out there only cooking for two, or four? This menu I have prepared easily serves 2 with leftovers. Because who doesn’t want leftovers from Thanksgiving? That being said, the turkey could serve four but if you have hearty eaters you may want to double the sides.

This dinner consists of a slow cooker turkey tenderloin with gravy, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, bagel-bacon stuffing, roasted brussels, twice baked sweet potatoes, cranberry-pomegranate sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Take a moment to be jealous.

 Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin

My turkey tenderloin came out so juicy and flavorful that it will be hard to convince me to cook a whole turkey in the future. It literally fell apart when I lifted it out of the pot. By using a slow cooker I was also able to do whatever the heck I wanted in the oven, which is a huge perk for those of us with only one oven (one day I hope to be spoiled with a double oven). Even the gravy was amazing after cooking in all those delicious juices.

Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin with Gravy

As you are aware, I have a habit of adding Greek yogurt to anything I possibly can so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it shows up here in dinner rolls. The rosemary really sold me on these rolls. If you don’t like rosemary, please substitute for another herb because they will rock your world with their subtle herby-ness. You can also prep these the day beforehand and refrigerate before the last rise. The next day, take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them.

Greek Yogurt-Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Then there’s the stuffing. I’ve seen stuffing made with all types of bread but this was the first recipe I had seen using bagels. I originally set aside two corn muffins for stuffing, but those were thrown into the freezer once I discovered I could use a bagel instead. I freaking love bagels! And I was not disappointed by the trade-off, especially since there was bacon involved.

Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

For a green side I chose brussels sprouts. Only a couple Thanksgivings ago I discovered that I no longer hated them and actually became obsessed. As a result, they are nostalgic to me at this time of year. Just a simple roasting and a drizzle of balsamic is all they needed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Growing up we usually had both regular mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes but knew I would burst if I tried to add both onto this already long lineup. I went with a twice baked sweet potato that is topped with pecans and coconut. Although it is less sweet than a marshmallow topping, it has a crunchier topping that will make you forget about those puffy white things (no offense marshmallows, I still love you).

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without some cranberry sauce. This version uses pomegranate juice for a more complex flavor. This can be made the day beforehand or even a few days before to minimize the amount of work you have to do on the big day. But if you do have to whip it up the same day, rest assured that it will only take 20 minutes.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Of course, once you’ve stuffed your face you’ll still find room for dessert, right? Especially for pumpkin crème brulee. I know you may initially think it’s a crime to not have pumpkin pie but it’s basically pumpkin pie and crème brulee all in one. Are you really going to be upset by having both?

Pumpkin Creme Brulee 1

Now for some tips on how I timed everything in order to be hot and ready all at the same time. An hour before turkey is done cooking (mine only took 4 hours), take rolls out of fridge (if prepared the night before), toast the bagel for stuffing, and prep the brussels sprouts. Bake the stuffing and brussels at the same time and with 20 minutes of cook time remaining, add the sweet potatoes and rolls to the oven. At that time, remove the turkey from the slow cooker and prepare the gravy. Slice up the turkey and serve! Then once your belly has digested a little to make room for dessert, torch the creme brulee just before you’re ready to dig in.

 Pumpkin Creme Brulee 2

One year ago: Buckeye Cupcakes

Two years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie

Three years ago: Cranberry Sauce
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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

I’ve only cooked Thanksgiving dinner once, but it was in someone else’s kitchen and I wasn’t able to fully get my groove on. Many of you may think I am lucky, but I truly look forward to cooking that meal in my own kitchen one day. Alas, all I have to worry about is what I am eating for breakfast and bringing for dessert (maybe a side dish too). Certainly there are many others out there in a similar situation so here’s a great roundup of festive recipes for you to peruse with breakfast, side dish, and dessert ideas.

If you are the one in charge of dinner you can assimilate a side or two and maybe a dessert into your menu. Also, stay turned this Sunday for an entire Thanksgiving menu which can be easily adapted based on how many mouths you need to feed.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Marshmallows

Three years ago: Buckeye Candies

Breakfast

French Toast Waffles

Side Dishes

Farro Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Dessert

Apple Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars 2

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Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

We need to sit down and have a serious discussion. These cookies? Yea you need to make them, like right now. Don’t make excuses, just go to the store to buy any ingredients you don’t already have on hand and get your oven ready. Why am I so demanding? Because the holidays are just starting to creep up on us and I already think I found my favorite cookie of the season.

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These cookies use fresh cranberries whereas usually cookie recipes use dried fruits. I have only made cookies two other times with fresh fruit (another with cranberries and one with blueberries) and they nearly caused the same reaction as these did. There must be some strange magic that happens when fresh fruit is used or my weakness for fruity desserts is showing. Yes, this peanut-butter-loving-fiend would have a difficult time deciding between a fruit or peanut butter dessert.

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In addition to the cranberries there is browned butter, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg. I think those last two spices were the real kicker, adding an especially festive feel to these cookies and making them smell irresistible while baking. Of course you can never go wrong with browned butter either. Just be warned, the dough does need to be chilled which is why you need to whip them up asap!

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies 2

One year ago: Sweet Potato Pie Oat Bars

Three years ago: Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies
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Single Serving Apple Crumble

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, everyone is planning recipes for a meal to feed the masses. But what about the people cooking for a small group of people or ::gasp:: just one of two? If you fall into the latter category then this apple crumble is for you. Although I easily devoured the entire thing in one (short) sitting, it could definitely satisfy two especially if you serve it a la mode.

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I went ahead and topped it off with my new favorite ice cream- Graeter’s Salted Caramel. Seriously that stuff rocks my face off and made me enjoy this crumble even more than I thought possible. Liquid Frozen gold, I’m telling you.

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One year ago: Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix

Two years ago: Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies
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