Sweet Potato Rounds


Is it an appetizer or an Hors-d’oeuvre? That depends are how you are serving them. Appetizers represent the first course eaten when seated at the table. Hors-d’oeuvres literally translates to “outside of the work” and are bite-sized finger foods offered at parties and receptions served with cocktails. Either way, these delicious sweet potato rounds are just about perfect for Thanksgiving. Do all the prep ahead of time and place them under the broiler for 3 minutes right before serving. Easy!

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Baked Feta


IMG_1391I might be reaching a bit when I say that Baked Feta, a classic Greek dish, makes the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Stay with me for a minute. Growing up on every holiday table my mother always had a charcuterie board that included cherry tomatoes, olives, cheeses, and crudities. Now look at baked feta it offers cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, and other crudités. Hence, a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

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Pumpkin Walnut Layer Cake


How to eat cake: A cream-cake and anything of similar nature would be eaten with knife and fork, never bitten. All dessert utensils are placed at the top of your place setting and should not be used for anything else. Using your fork, gently cut the cake being very careful not to clatter your fork upon your plate, but use it without any noise. 😜

~ Actual excerpt from the original White House Cookbook from 1894.

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Pumpkin Stew


HOW TO EAT SOUP: “Soup is always served for the first course, and it should be eaten with dessert spoons, and taken from the sides, not the tips, of them, without any sound of the lips, and not sucked into the mouth audibly from the ends of the spoon. Bread should not be broken into soup or gravy. Never ask to be helped to soup a second time. the hostess may ask you to take a second plate, but you will politely decline.” 😉

~ Actual excerpt from the original White House Cookbook from 1894

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Turkey Talk


For me, the holidays are a circle of family, friends, food, and planning. I love the planning as much as the others! No doubt because it allows me to use my overenthusiastic organizational skills.

Yes, I am one of them, who has a menu prepared in advance, a thorough time schedule with cook times, prep times, and timeline. What can I say! I’m also the one that has a vacation itinerary, so it should not surprise anyone too much.

This year I thought it would be fun to share my holiday preparation, menu, and time schedule with you. I hope you find it helpful!

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Pumpkin Fries


In Jacksonville Beach, Florida there is a bar and grill that serves “sweet fries” that are both savory and sweet. It is a sweet potato fry seasoned like a yam casserole. True confessions, I do not like yam casserole. It is a bit too sweet for me. That is why I was so surprised to bite into this fry and find I liked the combination of salty fry in a buttery sweet spice.

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Potato & Gorgonzola Cheese Pizza


Whether it is “Meatless Monday”, “Pizza Friday”, or “Sunday Funday” this pizza is a lip-smacking delight. A homemade crust topped with robust cheese and roasted potatoes topped with fresh rosemary. Don’t shy away from making your own pizza crust. Incredibly easy and very satisfying!

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Pollo Alla Griglia


When the weather gets too cold to fire up the grill bring it indoors by grilling the chicken in a grilling pan or cast iron skillet on your stove top. Rubbed with fresh herbs and garlic, grilled alongside fresh lemons, turns ho-hum into one delicious and tender dish.

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Spiked Bourbon


Departing is such sweet sorrow! I couldn’t say goodbye to the fall challenge without including at least one bourbon cocktail and a final thank you to my guest bloggers. So, indulge me while I raise a glass, of this wonderfully spiked bourbon, and toast my dear friends. To Friendship! 😘

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