Saturday, November 10, 2012

You Are Going To LOVE These Side-Dishes!!

 I know better than to mess with a family’s stuffing recipe, mashed potatoes, or how they like their turkey.

We all have our tried and true family favorites so we have to have those sitting on the table for sure.

However, when it comes to side dishes I think it is fun to have at least one surprise up our sleeves for our guest.

It is time to get serious about what we will be serving this Thanksgiving the clock is ticking!

I promised you some FOOD on my next post so here we go. Shall we start with some fun ways with sweet potatoes?


These are the famous sweet potatoes from Ruth Chris restaurant. I just might try these this year. Click on the source at the bottom of the image and it will give you the recipe.

Here is a festive idea for presentation of the sweet potato recipe, without the marshmallows of course because of the delicious nut/crumb topping…..

I think the orange would add just a nice little essence to the sweet potatoes, don't you?


Roasted brussel sprouts with Cranberry-Pistachio pesto. Now doesn’t that sound YUMMY?

Roasted Asparagus sesame bundles. I have made this, in fact I have made this a couple of times. It is absolutely a winner and so yummy.

The presentation with the bacon wrapped around the asparagus bundle is so pretty. I did pre-cook my bacon a little bit so it was still pliable, but then when it went in the oven with the asparagus it became crispy. That is how I like my bacon.


Autumn chopped salad, how can you go wrong with cranberries, apples and pecans with a poppy seed dressing. I think I could eat my weight in this salad!

Mandarin orange salad is one of my favorites, and it is always a welcomed sight on the dinner table.

Pear salad with raspberry cream dressing. How bad can that be? Unless you don’t like pears or raspberries, then I guess it would be a bad thing.

This next salad is not going to be for everyone because it involves beets, which I happen to love, but I know not everyone does.

I just had to share it…..

Orange-beet salad with pecans! This gal says, “YUM!”

 You will notice that I did not post one single itty-bitty dessert!! Why? you might ask! Because dessert is my favorite!! I need an entire post just for dessert.

I shared with my hubby that I was writing a post on food for Thanksgiving dinner and he said,(remember he is a man of few words), “Turkey and dessert!”

Now why didn’t I think of that?

Come back for more Thanksgiving  post on prepping, and of course DESSERT!!!