This chicken Pot Pie recipe is just as delicious with cooked turkey as it is with chicken.  Try this super easy recipe with a deli rotisserie chicken or use left over baked chicken. This is one of my go to recipes for turkey “leftovers”.  If your family is anything like mine, they are delighted to eat Thanksgiving dinner for a second time on Black Friday, but then do not want to even see another turkey dish, let alone hear a “gobble” for another year.  So, I take all of the meat off the carcass and then put a few things like turkey soup andRead More →

                       Fresh or Frozen? Have you thought about spending a little more this year and getting a fresh turkey instead of shopping for the best deal you can and getting a frozen turkey.  If you are like me, you shop the bargains, and read every flier and get on google and search every supermarket ad until you find the best price and then go to that store.  It is like a challenge for my self!  This year I will find a turkey for free!       But, I was thinking, maybe it would be worth the extra money to have a fresh turkey?  AfterRead More →

Hey everyone, it is time to start those dishes that are easy to do in advance and pop into the freezer for Thanksgiving.  Cranberry sauce is one of the favorite dishes for the Thanksgiving table that is very easy to make from scratch and tastes far superior to any of the store bought varieties; unless you shop at a high end specialty store like Etsy’s we have here in Dallas.  Super cool store if you get a chance to shop there! In the time it has taken me to type the first paragraph of this blog, the Cranberry Sauce with Orange is already done!  ItRead More →

  Count Down to Thanksgiving – Getting Organized Time Line 2 weeks before: Make Cranberry Sauce – put in freezer – see post to come Make Grandma’s Apple cinnamon Pie crust – Put in freezer Make Meat Dressing – Put in Freezer – see post to come Buy Turkey – Store in Freezer Send your table cloth to the dry cleaners.  Why spend time ironing when you can just take it out of a bag for a couple of dollars and save yourself so much time.  Or you could use plastic, but this is a special day… 1 Week Before: Sunday – Take Turkey outRead More →

Thanksgiving is a special meal that many people look forward to all year.  It brings family and traditions together in one wonderful day of football and snacking and a great dinner.  You imagine the perfect dinner table for Thanksgiving, but you are nervous and maybe have never cooked a turkey before or a large meal with all of the side dishes and extra people.  Thanksgiving Dinner can be a little overwhelming especially if you make dinner too complicated or leave everything to the last minute.  With some careful planning, and the realization that not everyone will eat all of that food anyway; and you willRead More →

  Good Gravy Recipe Pan drippings from turkey 1/4-1/2 C Flour 2-3 C vegetable water and tap water combination 3 C Chicken broth – good quality – low sodium salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp garlic powder left over herb butter Gravy….  So, I think this is one of the easiest things to make but many people are totally intimidated by the concept of the lumps.  The secret to smooth gravy is to never add water to the pan BEFORE the flour.   Now you know.  When your Turkey is done, remove it to your platter or carving tray and you should have left aRead More →

  Herb Butter Recipe 1/2 C Butter softened -no substitutions 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper – freshly ground 2 cloves garlic mashed 2-3 tbsp freshly chopped herbs – any combination of oregano,  rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley,   I am going to use a combination of oregano, rosemary, sage and parsley as that is what I have growing in my garden right now.  Also, I think these reflect the smells of Thanksgiving best, especially the sage and rosemary. Chop your herbs and add to your butter with the salt, pepper, and garlic.  Stir together well.  Set in the fridge until you are ready to use. Read More →

I often wondered what was in this magical and delightful blend of spices.  It is the spice that I always forget to buy when I am shopping for my holiday baking.  I will admit it.  I usually just wing it.  But for the blog, I decided to do a little investigation to stop my “wing it” habit and give you the information you deserve.  Besides,  I can probably make it with the spices I have in my cupboard right now.  I will guess that it is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Let me “google it” and see if I am rightRead More →

You may be intimidated by the thought of making pie crust, but it is not as difficult as you think.  I use my grandmother’s recipe and it is literally indestructible!  You will not fail with this recipe, I promise.  It might seam a little unorthodox, with vinegar and brown sugar, but trust me, it is delicious.  There are a few tricks, so just follow my suggestions and you will be a pie crust making expert in one try! P.S.  I know that the recipe uses lard- and you might be thinking …NO Lard!  But, it really is the difference between flaky and delightful pie crustRead More →