We all have those Thanksgivings where your In-laws are coming to dinner, your nit-picky mother can already see the water spots on your flatware, your distant relatives are smirking at the flavorless gravy and to top it all off you turned your whipped cream into butter. Holiday dinners can easily go wrong. Just remember everything tastes better when served with a smile.
Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Holiday dinner preparing a bit less stressful – because we could all use a little less stress in ourselves this time of year.
Lumpy Mashed Potatoes – I’m one who loves mashed potatoes, so I wouldn’t call this a mishap. But if you’re going for creamy potatoes they are lump because the potato has not been cooked long enough. Pour a small amount of chicken broth on your potatoes and set on the stove on low to make the potatoes a bit more tender.
Lumpy Gravy – This is one thing that drives me insane! My gravy always turns out lumpy and leaving me a nervous wreck. This trick is a lifesaver. Simply strain your gravy through a fine mesh sieve. Viola! Silky smooth gravy in a matter of minutes.
Cracked pumpkin pie or cheesecake – No one wants to be served a delicious sounding pie or cheesecake that is cracked and has a less than stellar top. Presentation is everything. Dust some powdered sugar on the top or give it a heft dollop of whipped cream. Showstopper once more.
Over Whipped Cream – This happens to me all the time. You get overzealous with the mixer and your gorgeous whipped cream goes from fab to drab in a matter of seconds. Clotted whipped cream stinks! Slowly add cold heavy cream a tablespoon at a time until your whipped cream is brought back to life.
Baby its cold outside. Actually, it hasn’t been that cold, but I’m such a winter wimp. I can’t handle anything below 70 degrees. We are supposed to be getting snow this week and I’m already freaking out.
In other news, we recently bought a freezer! This was a purchase I was reluctant about getting. But now, honestly, I’m glad we got it. I’ve been busy making soups and stews to freeze for the upcoming winter months. There is something oddly satisfying about a freezer full of soup.
This red lentil spinach soup was comforting and delicious. I find red lentils to be one of my favorites. They have creamy texture that really appeals to me. The variety of flavors and textures in the soup was so fun. Like always a big slice of crusty bread is a great side to this bowl of warmth.
Happy November! The Holidays will be here before you know it and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been experimenting with dinner rolls for a fun twist on the classic. One thing about the Holidays that gets me is you always see the same dishes served. Being a traditional girl, it’s a bit surprising this would bother me so much. But every once in a while, I like to see a few new recipes around the family table.
I wanted to make a roll that was savory yet sweet. This apple cranberry roll turned out just as I had imagined. It is full of flavor yet still the classic light and fluffy roll we know and love. I seriously cannot wait for this year’s Thanksgiving leftovers. These rolls will be the star for leftover turkey sandwiches. Let’s just hope there are leftovers!
You can serve these rolls with a warm honey and cinnamon butter. I think they would be quite dreamy that way. My favorite way though would be sopping them up in some Thanksgiving goodness. Gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey are calling these apple cranberry rolls.
The savory sweet combo of these rolls is the perfect addition to your traditional Holiday table.
This harvest chicken salad has become a new favorite in my house! It’s a fun twist on a classic recipe. We are deep in the season of comforting casseroles and hearty soups. This healthy and refreshing chicken salad is a great way to lighten up your meals. I made this on Sunday and we had delicious lunches awaiting us throughout the week. The hardest part about this recipe is having to wait all morning to get to lunch!
My family doesn’t like to deviate from the classic recipes too often so I was surprised what a hit this chicken salad was. I also think serving it luxurious croissants helped. I, personally, love this served in lettuce cups. It’s so light and such a fun way to eat it.
Lighten up your fall season and enjoy this delicious harvest chicken salad. Full of chicken, creamy goodness, sweet apples and tart cranberries. This version of classic chicken salad is sure to please your palate.
These scones are ideal for those brisk fall weekend mornings. They are easy to throw together and make the house smell of coziness.
The combination of sweet apple and tart cranberries make these scones satisfyingly delicious. You can feel free to add a light glaze to these scones to fancy them up. But I prefer the rustic simplicity of them without it.
Bursting with seasonal flavors these cranberry apple scones are sure to get you in the fall mood. So grab your boots, scarves, cozy sweaters and enjoy these scones while sipping your favorite coffee.
This is one of my new favorite fall recipes. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed polenta and butternut squash as much as I did in this recipe.
If you are craving pizza without the hassle and calories of bread pizza dough you must give this polenta crust a try. It is not only super easy to make but it tastes amazingly good. If you have looking for a gluten free alternative this is a great option.
I made Ava a similar version of this roasted butternut squash and kale. Hers had the usual red sauce and mozzarella – she loved them! She doesn’t quite love butternut squash…yet ;).
I roasted my squash and kale simply with olive oil, salt and pepper. I love the simplicity of this. It brings out the rustic flavors of them. These flavors combine with mozzarella and Parmesan make for a delicious pizza.
These apple snicker doodles are perfect for Fall. If snicker doodles are a favorite you must try this apple version. It is bursting with all the goodness of the classic snicker doodle and a touch of refreshing fall apple flavor.
I love how soft and melt in your mouth these cookies are. The granulated sugar and warm cinnamon spice add a lightly crisp texture on the outside. The warm gooey apples make for soft center that you won’t be able to resists.
These delicious fall apple snicker doodles didn’t stick around long. Celebrate fall with this fun take on an old classic.
With fall comes cozy Sunday dinners. Sundays in my house are for relaxing, catching up on much needed sleep, eating comforting food and enjoying each other company. This has become a tradition for Ava and I hope it’s one she will continue with her family. I want her to grow up knowing how important these cozy Sundays are.
This creamy spinach and chicken lasagna was a spur of the moment dinner. I was craving chicken pot pie but didn’t have all the ingredients. So this is the result of some quick Pinterest research and hungry instinct. My family and I adored this. They now request this version over my favorite lasagna roll ups.
The garlicky spinach, rich chicken and a dreamy cream sauce are layered between broken lasagna noodles to make one decadent dinner. If you want to speed up the process you can surely buy rotisserie chicken. But I just cooked up my own and shredded it. This was a little time consuming so I would not suggest making this for an easy, fast weeknight dinner. The creamy sauce takes a bit to simmer. It’s a calming acting to slowly stir the sauce and watch it thicken. It makes the dinner that much more relaxing and cozy.
I hope you get the chance to make this dish. If you are looking to impress guest for a rustic fall dinner this is the dish for you! Or if you just want to impress the kiddos they will devour this creamy spinach and chicken lasagna.
This quick and flavor meal is one of my go to dinners. It’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and it taste so good! The steak pieces are tender and coated with a beautiful soy glaze.
You can add whatever veggies you like to this dish. Just toss in whatever you have in your fridge. I’m a no-fuss kind of girl. Some people might disagree, but when it comes to veggies my philosophy is the more the merrier.
Plan this fun steak stir fry dish into your weekly mean plan! You won’t be disappointed and the kids won’t know it’s not take-out….well maybe they will. It will taste better and not be full of grease!