Butter Pecan Cookies

I can’t stop snacking on these soft and chewy butter pecan cookies. I had a feeling I’d like ’em because I’m a fan of butter pecan ice cream, but these cookies were baked with brown sugar to give them a caramel-like flavor, making them one of my new favorite cookies. I’m thinking they would make…

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Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage

Nothing says holidays quite like the smell of butternut squash roasting with some fresh sage. It has become incredibly popular outside of Thanksgiving dinner, not only because it’s so versatile, but it makes a great carb replacement. Butternut squash’s natural sweetness pairs wonderfully with cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup, but you don’t have to turn…

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Here’s another favorite from my holiday menu. I love the idea of taking traditional holiday foods like pumpkin pie, and kicking them up a notch. You still get all those satisfying flavors with a little something extra. Especially with dessert. Dessert is one meal you can have some fun with and not have the family…

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of those dishes that can easily get overlooked at your Thanksgiving table. It makes the perfect accompaniment to turkey, but doesn’t shine much on its own. Cranberries are naturally very tart, so I like to add a sweetener like maple syrup or agave to brighten up the flavors a bit. I…

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Orange Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

A bit of vanilla, orange, and cinnamon gives this delicious cranberry sauce a sweet holiday flavor. This is something you can make the day ahead of Thanksgiving or Christmas. It tastes even better after chilling for a day.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This sweet potato casserole reminds me more of a pie, but we’re going to go ahead and call it a side dish. I like to use white sweet potatoes in this recipe. They seem to give a lighter and smoother consistency. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 1 hour, peel them, and toss…

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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

One of the easiest and most delicious glazed carrot recipes I know! Only 4 ingredients. Top with chopped pecans for added crunch.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Once you make this, you’ll be making it again for every Thanksgiving appetizer or dessert! All the flavor of pumpkin cheesecake without all the time!

Baked Acorn Squash

This is Paula Deen’s easy and delicious baked acorn squash recipe. I am definitely serving this for a first course at Thanksgiving! Acorn squash baked with maple syrup and brown sugar; easy and delicious.

Ginger Squash

Look no further for your new Thanksgiving first course! Fill the squash with chopped, crisp, red apples and coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans. Sprinkle crystallized ginger around the edges of the squash for added flavor.

Pumpkin Bisque

Perfect first course at a Thanksgiving dinner that you can make ahead of time.