Thanksgiving


It’s not easy…

Oh, who am I kidding? Last week’s #testkitchen was one of the easiest and enjoyable nights of my life. When your cheesemaker transplant friends from the Pacific Northwest, Genvieve and Conan, show up bearing gifts of PCN cheeses and wine pairings. Then bringer of joy and sanity, nutrition coach/dietician Allison […]

butternut squash and cheddar gratin with tillamook cheese and dried oregano

This is still my Aunt Ali’s Cranberry Mold

What’s your favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table? Is it the stuffing, mashed potatoes, the green bean casserole or maybe the sweet potatoes? Now tell me who prepared that dish every year. You remember, right? Of course you do. Because it’s not just green bean casserole, it’s your Aunt’s Mary’s green […]

Cranberry Walnut Pomegranate Mold

How would you like your change?

For some families politics is a Thanksgiving dinner conversation third rail. For others it’s religion or money. In mine, it’s change. Some families thrive on it, craving a constant new. Mine, however feel change is best conducted at geologic rate. We are particularly fond of tradition – and with good reason. My Mom […]


Sweet potatoes, bacon and a little ennui.

I’ve been feeling a little down. I blame it on Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes. Thanksgiving is the Superbowl of cooking. I’ve nailed turkey, and taken satisfaction from thick rich gravy. Traditional sides like perfect mashed potatoes, and my grandmother’s basic bread stuffing deliver comfort. However, each year I seek fresh […]