Cranberry Orange Horseradish Relish

My mom has been making this horseradish cranberry relish every time we make turkey for years upon years. It is spicy, sweet, earthy, and a little crunchy, because it is all raw.

This relish is fantastic on turkey or ham on Thanksgiving or Christmas, and even better on sandwiches made from the leftovers.

Cranberry Orange Horseradish Relish

I used fresh horseradish here instead of the jarred variety – if you can get your hands on a root, don’t take the shortcut on this one. It is good either way, but there is still no comparison. Some orange zest brightens the tart cranberries, and the white pepper adds complexity to the spice of the horseradish.

Although this can be eaten after a few hours in a pinch, give the flavors as much time to meld as you can. It just keeps getting better.

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A Thanksgiving Feast Full of Slab Bacon & Applejack

For many years now, I have been primarily responsible for most of the holiday meals in our family.Over the course of these many meals, I have gotten quite good at cooking for a crowd. It takes a lot of planning and a lot of multi-tasking, but I absolutely love feeding a big group. It gives me a chance to make some large-scale dishes I don’t get to pull out too often, and then, there are the leftovers. Glorious, glorious leftovers.

Thanksgiving

This was Thanksgiving four years ago. I have gotten even better at this since then.

This year all of the dishes are going to be original or adapted recipes, which I will be rolling out over the course of this week and through the end of the month. That’s right, until the end of November, we are going all food, all the time. Get ready for some gluttony. Read on for the complete menu for this year, and some of my tips for how to prep for the biggest meal of the year in a way that keeps your sanity intact. [Read more…]

Ginger Orange Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies, with their rich, deep, sweet and spicy flavors, are one of our favorite fall and winter treats around this house.

But even with all of those amazing flavors and soft and chewy texture, molasses cookies don’t get a lot of love. But a few extra ingredients, like orange sugar, black pepper (the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness) and crystallized ginger give them a makeover that will make sure these are never the unloved ugly ducklings at the party.

Ginger Orange Molasses Cookies

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Blackberry Mojito Cupcakes

Blackberry mojitos, as we covered some time ago, are a hell of a refreshing summer cocktail. But sometimes, you just want some booze in your cupcakes.

Let me help you with that. Today I bring you summer cocktail goodness in cupcake form. Behold, the Blackberry Mojito cupcake.

Read on and Vicky and I will show you how to make them!

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Quick and Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Do you eat breakfast in the morning?

You know it’s the most important meal of the day, your mom always told you that. But no, you don’t, do you?

You hit the snooze button a dozen times. Once it is clear that you will be late no matter how fast you get ready, you compel your body through force of sheer will to toss off the warm hug of blankets and drag yourself to your feet.

Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches

Pure delicious

Then: quick shower, coffee, get dressed, grab your stuff and book out the door. Maybe you have time to pick up a quick little breakfast sandwich at a fast food restaurant or, god forbid, 7-11.

Please stop. That’s gross.

Instead, on your next day off, make up a few of these fresh and homemade breakfast sandwiches. Wrapped in parchment paper, you are just 30 microwaved seconds from a truly delicious, homemade breakfast.

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