what’s cookin, good lookin!

first, i cannot believe Thanksgiving is already next week!
how did that happen so fast?
{but i’m not complaining! i love thanksgiving.}
for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving,
what is everybody doing for the special holiday?
we are staying in DC and having the boo boo’s
{aka my little twin sisters} up from college for the weekend.
as you can see from these photos of them above,
they proved to be very domestic when we had them over in august.
they cooked josh and me dinner!
we can’t wait to see what they whip up for us next week!
(just kidding. we’ll cook too…)
as i’m prepping for our big turkey dinner next week,
i’m trying to gather some new recipes.
anyone have a killer
apple pie,
or rolls recipe
they’d love to share with everyone?
or any recipe for that matter!
let’s get cookin!
i’d love your help….
thanks in advance. i love you.
  1. AlliJean

    I just decided what I'm contributing to the table this year: Celery Root and Squash Gratin with Walnut-Thyme Streusel found via chow.com.

    Warning: Eat lunch before you click the link! It will make you hungry :)

  2. my family tries to fuse american thanksgiving foods with our traditional filipino cuisine, and it's always delicious. it's especially great coming back home for a quality, made-with-love meal after being away at college. you and your sisters are going to have a great time!

  3. Lauren

    I wish I had something to contribute…but I think I will just keep coming back here to get everyone else's recipes!

    Your sisters are darling!

  4. Such cute little ladies you have! :)

  5. Jillian

    I recently saw this recipe and it looks delish! It sounds like it would be a good alternative to the traditional candied yams with marshmallows (although those are good!). Might be fun to try something new.


    I also make this fondue every Thanksgiving. My family can't get enough of it. Rather than chipotle, I make my own roasted garlic and stir that in. Yum!


  6. Here's my recipe for apple & pear crisp:


    Here's my recipe for roasted brussell sprouts:


    Here's my recipe {that I'm trying myself next week} for truffle butter Turkey:


    All are relatively easy and SUPER delicious….

  7. Johanna

    Haha! Your little sister with the knife – so cute but menacing!

    I am obsessively reading through Epicurious.com's Thanksgiving guide. That is my favorite place for new recipes. Have fun!

  8. Anna

    I'm so excited about Thanksgiving too! I'll be celebrating in New York this year so I'll miss the jalapeno stuffing in TX! You should add a bit if you're into a little spice :)

  9. Maddy

    We are going to visit my boyfriend's mom in Tampa, so we will be by the beach for a few days (so excited!) & then we're going to Disney World with a few friends!

    As far as recipes, I saw this apple pie recipe on a blog (I believe it was SFgirlbybay.com) & it looks amazing! I'm going to make it next week to take to Thanksgiving.
    http://www.thedinnerfiles.com/?p=1511 (for the pie)
    http://localfoods.about.com/od/basics/r/flakypiecrust.htm (for the crust)

    My family also has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Bread, which I'll email to you if you'd like! :)

  10. Thanksgiving sounds like so much fun – we don't celebrate it here in New Zealand – but my birthday is on Nov 28th so will be celebrating that!

  11. oh, that's fun!!! Two of my favorites are Pumpkin pie cheesecake, and potatoes au gratin (cheesy yummy goodness). Unfortunately, I have the recipe for neither. I just like to eat them. We are having a family get together at my sisters on Thanksgiving. Maybe I can con them into giving me the recipes this year!

  12. Ashley

    Amazingly easy not to mention delicious Apple Pie!

    5-6 Large Granny Smith Apples
    1/2 c. sugar + 1 tsp. cinnamon (mix together)

    1/2 c. sugar
    3/4 c. flour
    1/3 c. softened butter

    Peel/core apples, cut into eighths, sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over top apples & mix with hands until apples are well coated. Arrange coated apples in a 9 inch pie shell.

    Mix together the other sugar/flour/butter to make a "crumb" topping. Sprinkle topping overtop of entire pie.

    Bake @ 450 degrees for 10 min until crumb top becomes slightly golden.

    Turn oven down to 350 degrees and resume baking for 40-60 minutes… basically until the apples are tender (I stick a knife in to check)

    Enjoy!! :)


  13. I have a roll one – it's in the Harlem Ward cookbook "out of this world rolls" xoxo – Marci

  14. Liv

    have you ever made bread in a CROCK POT? it's amazing. this recipe is for white bread. i always add some homemade pear jam to the dough before cooking to sweeten the whole loaf.

    1 envelope or 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
    1/4 cup warm water
    1 tsp salt
    3 1/2 – 4 cups flour
    1 tsp sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup lukewarm water
    1/4 cup sugar

    "In a bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/4 cup warm water. Allow yeast to foam (approx. 5 minutes). Add egg, remaining water, salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 cups flour. Beat with an electric mixer 2 minutes, on low (I beat with a wooden spoon for 2 mins). Stir in remaining flour w/wooden spoon. Place dough in greased 4-5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours. Remove stoneware from cooker and let stand 5 minutes before slicing."

    it's so good that my husband asked me to make it instead of a BIRTHDAY CAKE when he turned 28.

  15. What sweet sisters. I usually don't love stuffing BUT this recipe is so, SO good. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow. http://u.nu/6t2w3

  16. wow you lucky girl!
    i wanna have sisters coming over to my house
    and making me chocolate covered strawberries!
    ah well.
    my friends will instead ; )

  17. boots

    I'm gonna be doing some bread baking this year for the holidays- i can't wait to try my first recipe this week!

  18. YUM! looks like they are GOOD cooks- with your sisters and Josh.. you wont have to do a thing! ;) I still think of Josh on his mish cooking that turkey.. such determination.

  19. Emily A.

    Just found an amazing creamed corn recipe, and we're having it at my Thanksgiving for the first year! If you're interested…
    (and that's just a plain wonderful food blog).
    Have a happy Thanksgiving :)

  20. ellen

    I'm spending Thanksgiving weekend with two friends in a house in the middle of Vermont — I can't wait!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
    3 ½ cups flour
    1 T baking soda
    1 1/4 t. Salt
    1 t cinnamon
    4 eggs
    3 cups sugar
    2 cups pumpkin
    1 cup oil
    2/3 cup water
    1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1/2 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Whisk dry ingredients together and set aside. Blend eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil and water until mixed well. Add dry ingredients. Mix well and stir in chocolate chips.

    Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. It makes 7 small loaves.

  21. JKreids

    I hope my comment isn't too long! These pumpkin empanadas are fun to make, they're flaky and soft and have just enough pumpkin spice. Delicious!

    Pumpkin Empanadas (can substitute pineapple or apple)

    Pumpkin Filling:
    1 (15oz) can pumpkin
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 t salt
    1/2 t cinnamon
    1/4 t ginger (optional)
    1/8 t cloves

    Empanada Dough:
    1/3 cup water
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 t salt
    2 (1/4 oz) packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
    1/8 t baking powder
    2 generous pinches cinnamon
    3 cups flour, divided in half
    generous 3/4 cup vegetable shortening

    For filling: Mix ingredients together and set aside.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine water, sugar, salt, yeast, baking powder, and cinnamon. Using an electric mixer, gradually blend in half of the flour. Add shortening and thoroughly mix, then gradually blend in remaining flour.
    Divide dough into 4 equal parts, ten shape each into 4 dough balls. Slap the dough balls between the palms of your well-floured hands until somewhat flattened, then roll on a floured surface until circles approximately 4 inches in diameter and 1/8 inches thick.
    Put about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each circle, fold over and seal edges by pressing lightly with a fork on both sides.
    Bake on greased cookie sheet until golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Watch carefully; they can burn quickly.

  22. Hanako66

    I am going to have to come back to read all of these recipes…I am hosting Thanksgiving this year as well!

  23. ah I feel like I'm missing out, I live in London! and I jealous of the picture, craving chocolate covered strawberries! xx

  24. i absolutely LOVE thanksgiving, too :) i like to cook and especially to bake, so here are a couple really delicious recipes for apple pie/tart things.

    ina garten from the food network makes really yummy desserts and pastries:

    also, apple crisp is a really good version of apple pie. this one is among my favorites:

    i can't wait to see how everything turns out!


  25. I adore Thanksgiving…

    I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving… Full of laughter, love, warmth, and good food:)
    ( I cant think of a recipe to add!!! ugh… Haha)

  26. D*mac

    You may already have a turkey recipe, but my family is anti stuffing in the bird. I stuff the turkey with oranges, fresh rosemary, and whole garlic cloves that have been crushed (one big smack with the side of the knife!) It makes for a moist bird and a good broth for starting your gravy.

  27. danielle

    oh, do i ever! :)
    apple pie with caramel crumb topping.. it's my guilty pleasure! it takes a while, but it's beyond worth it. i make it as often as i have an excuse!

    Caramel Apple Pie With Crunchy Crumb Topping
    SERVES 6 -8
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

    6 cups baking apples, sliced, peeled
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
    1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
    28 caramels
    1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

    1. Combine flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; spread into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
    2. Bake at 400 F for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
    3. Cool; crumble and set aside. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss with apples.
    4. Place apples in pie shell.
    5. Cut a circle of foil to cover apples but not the edge of pastry; place over pie. Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes.
    6. Reduce heat to 375 F; bake for 35 minutes or until apples are tender.
    7. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with milk , stirring frequently.
    8. Remove foil from pie. Pour caramel mixture over apples.
    9. Sprinkle with topping; return to the oven for 5 minutes.
    10. Serve warm.

  28. CAPow

    I'm making black bean and ground turkey chili tonight….it smells delicious!!

  29. Grace

    I'm making a caramel apple cheesecake – an equally delicious (and fattening) alternative to the standard pie, I think!

    <3 Grace.

  30. amanda

    since i still life under the roof of my parents, i've yet to come up with any real contribution to holiday dinners. or any dinner for that matter. my mom does make a killer stuffing, though. it's called stuffin' muffins. and they are darling! i'll try to dig the recipe out.

  31. Rachel

    Looks like you're set! …and i'm drooling….

  32. it's no pumpkin pie… but my grandmother taught me how to make this delicious pumpkin roll when i was little. i used to ride my bike over to her house and she would teach me how to cook "secret family recipes" :)

    Pumpkin Roll

    3 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    2/3 cup pumpkin (fresh pumpkin works best!)
    1tsp lemon juice and a dash of zest
    3/4 cup flour
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg (half if you use fresh)
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. ginger
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Optional: 1.2 cup chopped walnuts

    Mix together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and lemon well. Gradually fold in dry ingredients (I always mix mine first and sift). Grease 15×10 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet can work too if it has high edges) and line with wax paper. Pour mixture in pan and top with 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip out onto a large tea towel sprinkled with powdered sugar, peel off wax paper while hot and roll cake tightly in towel. Cool on wire rack.

    While cooling mix together filling.

    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 8oz cream cheese
    2 Tbsp. butter
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Mix together until smooth (sometimes I add a little lemon zest to this for a nice zing). Unroll the cooled cake and spread evenly on inside, roll cake back up (so nuts are on the outside) and dust with powdered sugar. And, voila, a delicious pumpkin roll that no one can resist!

  33. Tara

    I don't cook, but I L-O-V-E your toaster. Maybe one day when I no longer have roomates I will invest in a nice red one.

  34. Sum

    You and your sisters are ADORABLE! I'm a college student and I don't know how to cook…um…you should help me! Maybe fix me something? haha I'm kidding.

  35. Luna

    i dont really have a recipe to contribute but i do have a suggestion for mashed potatoes if you make any. make your mashed potatoes as you usually do, i like adding milk and butter to mine try adding cream cheese also to yours. mix it all together and it'll come out soft and creamy and taste really good too.

  36. First of all the dinner in August look fantastic on the pics!
    My husband and me will prepare thanksgivingdinner for his and my parents! Usual we do not celerbrate this big event in Austria but we spend as much time as possible in our "wishhome" America and so we want to cook a turkey and everything depending to this spectacle! So I wish to get little help from such a thanksgiving lover like you and maybe you can tell me some most improtant side dishes we should not omit!

    I would be so happy to read something from you and love your blog by the way!

    best wishes!

  37. Heather


    350 degrees/ 40 min.

    3 C. mashed yams
    3 beaten eggs
    1/2 C. heavy cream
    1/4 C. butter

    Add to Creamed Mixture:
    3/4 C. sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg

    Spread in caserole

  38. hey friend! not sure if you know this, but i have a recipe blog called just cook already. this month, we're featuring all things thanksgiving and there have been some fabulous recipes posted.


    and if you'd like to become a contributor, just let me know and i'll send you an email! good luck! thanksgiving is the best. i was born on that blessed day back in 1984, if you can believe it.

  39. jones

    yum. i love all the recipes and would love it even more if my guests made me chocolate-dipped strawberries!

  40. These are so yummy and soft/moist:

    Yum Dinner Rolls

    * 2 1/2 cups warm milk
    * 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    * 1/2 cup sugar
    * 2 eggs
    * 1/2 cup butter, softened
    * 2 teaspoons salt
    * 7 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
    * 1/2 cup butter, melted

    1. Pour milk into a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle yeast over the surface. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Beat in the sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup butter, and salt; blend thoroughly. Gradually stir in the flour to make a soft dough. Cover bowl, and set in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
    2. Punch down the dough, cover the bowl, and allow to rise again. Repeat this step two more times.
    3. Break off 2 to 3 inch size pieces of dough, roll lightly into round shape, and place in prepared baking dish, edges touching. Repeat to make 36 dough balls. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
    4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    5. Bake rolls in preheated oven until tops turn golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. When rolls are finished baking, drizzle melted butter over the top, and serve warm.

    enjoy! :)

  41. Carrie

    Aw, you and your sisters all have the same beautiful smile. :)

    Happy almost Thanksgiving!

  42. Libby

    I have a contender to Heather's Sweet Potatoes. I dare you to try these. UH-MAZING!

    Combine in this order:
    3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
    (pierce & bake 1hr @ 400. cool, peel, hand mash)
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs, well beaten
    1 stick butter, melted

    Spread in buttered baking dish.

    1 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup flour
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1 stick of butter, melted

    Sprinkle this mixture evenly over sweet potato mixture. Bake 30 min @ 350. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

    Try it-I dare you. However, just know that you might dream about this delicious delight for months after eating it!

  43. Alina

    you and your sisters are so cute, you all look alike (which sisters usually do, right lol)

    and you have twins in your family that is big! that means you and your hubby have a chance of having twins, how wonderful.

    have a great thanksgiving – I'd help with a recipe but I have to look it up first.

  44. OMG, do you have the most photogenic family in the world, or what?? Thankfully, ha ha, I am not hosting this year, but attending Thanksgiving at MIL's. Will be bringing a few sides. Good luck with yours, I bet everything will come out great!! On the subject of pies – I keep eyeing the ones from Costco. They are so mammoth and just look amazing. We always have good luck with out costco purchases, I'm guessing their pies are equally good. Martha Stewart just did a segment on favorite pie recipes, I bet her site has some good suggestions. I used her recipe for the crust last year for a pumpkin pie recipe I made; and even though I botched it up, in the end it still tasted great.

  45. Lynn

    Hey Naomi,

    we had our Canadian Thanksgiving a while ago but I always use a recipe from an old Domino mag that i love. all the links don't work any more cos it went under (huge tear droplets), but here's the idea anyway:

    Also, it now leads to a link for Bon Appetit that I don't think anyone has posted about yet, which is this:

    it's so fun cos you just go to "get started" and it'll take you thru with questions like how many people are you cooking for, what type of recipe you'd like (traditional, moder, sophisticated, etc.) and then plan the meal for you with the alloted ingredients for how many you are cooking for. It's seriously awesome!


  46. emily

    Apple Pie- the best leftover-for-breakfast ever…

    this isnt so much a recipe as a list of tips that can help make any recipe more delicious.

    1- after you make your pie crust dough refrigerate it for at least 1 hour before rolling it out.
    2- splurge on really good apples. use a variety of apples for the filling, and only peel 4 out of every 5 you use. (alternately just do a really messy job peeling them all)
    3- when filling, instead of mixing a sugary/syrup mess to mix your apples with just layer slices of apple, cinnamon, and a bit of good brown sugar into the crust for about 2-4 layers. apples are sweet so dont over sugar them.
    4- after you've filled and covered your pie with whatever kind of topping or crust you plan to use put it in the freezer for 2 hours or overnight. (you can actually do all this days in advance!) this way, when you bake the pie the butter in your crust is its coldest when it gets into the oven which will make your crust extra amazingly flaky. people will think you are magic.

    hope this helps, let me know!

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  48. One of my favorite things to make for the holidays is a sweet potato casserole. It's almost like a dessert…everyone always loves it!


    1 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup flour
    1 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
    1/3 stick butter — melted
    3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 eggs — well beaten
    1 stick butter — ( 1/2 cup) melted
    Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a mixing bowl in the order listed. Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.

  49. What kind of camera did you use when taking these pictures?

  50. when we went to shenandoah valley we picked up some of that blackberry honey. we love having that with our rolls!

  51. Go to the Pioneer Woman's website. Her mashed potatoes are sinful and her apple pie down right to die for! Please, please, make them for your holiday, you won't regret it!!!

    Mashed Potatoes:


    Apple Pie:


    And better yet: her recipes can be printed and they're also step by step with pictures for EVERY step. I set my lap top on my kitchen counter and follow along.

  52. Yum what kind of chocolate did you use for this? Looks delicious!