Most of you will be cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving. Have you decided on your side dishes yet? Here are three very simple and delicious ideas for last minute sides! The Yam and Apple Bake, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles and the Cranberry Cream Cheese Pockets are colorful, flavorful and easy as 1,2,3! Enjoy your feast and Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Watch my How To Video for Thanksgiving Sides here!
After Halloween, when our carved-out pumpkin jack-o-lanterns start to shrivel, we usually toss them into the trash or compost pile and then head to the pantry for the canned pumpkin puree to make our holiday pies, cakes and cookies. But in the Early New England settlements, colonists considered the pumpkin a staple and culinary treasure:
“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies, Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon; If it were not for pumpkins, we should be undoon.”
Now that trick-or-treating is over, all things pumpkin leads the way to Thanksgiving and our holiday baked goodies. Here to kick things off is a deliciously moist and delicate fall favorite, The Pumpkin Roll. This tasty spice cake rolled around a sweet cream cheese filling is a lovely way to not only satisfy our sweet tooth, but to pay tribute to the pumpkin, one of the first wild plants cultivated for human consumption in America.
Here’s a tasty combination: Pan grilled chicken and glazed baked apples. This is the sort of one skillet deliciousness that you would expect when you visit grandma’s house! Plus, it’s the perfect meal to bring us into the fall. Normally when apples are served with chicken or pork, they are softly sautéed and served on the side. I love the way these apples look and taste. They are called Hasselback apples, the method of making lots of thin slices three quarters of the way down the apple. The result is a baked apple that has lots of hidden places for the glaze to go and each slice is just the right size for each piece of chicken! Since you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets, I say pick up some fresh skinless boneless chicken thighs and make this comfort food meal for dinner this week!
Watch my how to video for Skillet Chicken with Baked Apples here!
One this is for sure about the American palate. Our taste buds love to travel to exotic places. They lingered on Chinese food for years; then, Italian, Mexican, Pacific Rim and most recently with the Thai food invasion. These days, our flavor buds have acquired an insatiable appetite for Korean food; in particular, Korean BBQ. Five years ago, the term Bulgogi (grilled thin-sliced marinated meat) would have been as foreign as the most remote village on the Korean Peninsula. But today, Bulgogi is the new Big Mac. There is a lot to satisfy the taste buds with Korean BBQ, and the simple ingredient and ease of cooking makes for a happy cook, too! Here, Korean BBQ finds itself tucked inside warm, charred tortillas, making for an East-Meets-Southwest delight!
Watch my HOW TO Video for Korean BBQ Tacos here!