2014 Thanksgiving Round Up

my favorite recipes

And they’re off! The race has begun to the best holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. It’s my absolute favorite holiday for so many reasons. There are no presents exchanged, only given (to me) because it’s my birthday (boom). There is no religion discussed. There is no singing (except maybe karaoke). There is only eating. Lots and lots of eating. And cooking, which I obviously love to do. Every year, we have a big Thanksgiving party with our friends who aren’t able to make it home for the holiday. Last year we topped out at 17 people, but this year we’re going for broke at a nice, round 20 people. Some may call it masochism, but I call it a good time. We’ve got folding tables, folding chairs, and a can-do attitude that comes with drinking a few glasses of wine while prepping dinner. So yeah, I’m pretty excited. I feel like the day will come before I know it, but I’ve got my spreadsheet and a whole extra day to prep this year. Don’t stop me now, as I always say.

2014 thanksgiving round up

I decided to round up my favorite Thanksgiving recipes for you all to peruse. There’s vegetarian and vegan options, the best turkey recipe ever (plus the video I did with Business Insider on how to make it) and, of course, plenty of desserts and breakfast ideas. Everyone has their own idea of what should or shouldn’t be on a Thanksgiving table, but I say to hell with that because I’m doing fried chicken this year and everyone should serve what they love to eat, not necessarily what they think they are supposed to eat. If you want to serve macaroni and cheese or peanut butter pie or waffle stuffing, then you’re my kind of person because I served all of these not-so-traditional things and people gobbled it all up. I hope that you try out one or five of these recipes for your meal this year, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Now with a step-by-step video!


2014 thanksgiving round up
First thing’s first: appetizers. Learn to to build The Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Board.

2014 thanksgiving round up
How about my Fool Proof Focaccia to serve alongside your cheese plate? It’s vegan, too!

2014 thanksgiving round up
Fluffy biscuits are a must – try these Salt & Pepper Biscuits this year.

2014 thanksgiving round up
This Rainbow Carrot Salad is a light and tasty side dish, which requires no cooking at all.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Add a little kick to your squash this year with this Sweet Soy Butternut Squash with chili oil.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Momofuku’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts are crisped to perfection.

2014 thanksgiving round up
This stuffing is made out of waffles! That’s right. Make my Waffle, Maple and Sausage Stuffing to impress your guests.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Or try The Best Cornbread Stuffing ever.

2014 thanksgiving round up
It’s not Thanksgiving at my house without Gooey Baked Mac & Cheese.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Of course, it’s not Thanksgiving without the main event! Give my Spatchcocked Turkey a try – it cooks in under 90 minutes!

2014 thanksgiving round up
Don’t forget to keep your turkey bones to make into a delicious Homemade Stock.

2014 thanksgiving round up
For dessert, how about some Mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies?

2014 thanksgiving round up
Or make a giant Old Fashioned Pumpkin Slab Pie, made with bourbon and bitters.

2014 thanksgiving round up
If you’re looking for something else pumpkin-y, try this Pumpkin Pie with a Caramel Swirl.

2014 thanksgiving round up
If pie’s not for you, then whip up these Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Cookies instead.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Mix up the pumpkin party with a rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie with a graham cracker crust.

2014 thanksgiving round up
Go ahead and make the most beautiful Classic Apple Pie anyone’s ever seen – I will guide you through making the intricate top!

2014 thanksgiving round up
You always need to have one solid cocktail option at any party – watch my video and learn how to make the perfect Old Fashioned.

2014 thanksgiving round up
For breakfast on Friday morning, make these warm Spicy Baked Eggs with Sweet Potatoes.

2014 thanksgiving round up
These are the fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes ever (plus, there’s a video)!

2014 thanksgiving round up
Mix up your waffle game with these Acorn Squash and Pecan Waffles.

2014 thanksgiving round up
And, last but not least, make a big batch of S’mores Cinnamon Rolls for the morning after to get into the spirit of the season!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

4 Responses

  1. […] And then right after that I’m going over to Sydney’s, because waffle stuffing and s’mores cinnamon rolls. […]

  2. Jill says:

    Most delicious Thanksgiving menu ever! Good luck with dishing up dinner for 20! holy cow! I get stressed out enough with 6.
    I’m going to try those pumpkin caramel cookies. Yummmmmmmm!

  3. If I was wealthy I’d pay you a million bucks to come to my house to make all of this yummy stuff. Love it!

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  4. Alexandra says:

    Great video! Backbone-less turkey is all the rage this year.

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