All posts tagged: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Weekend Conversation Starter

I’ve been watching The Crown season 5 on Netflix, one episode a night. The sad truth is, midway through an episode, I fall asleep or zone out. And my partner in crime turns off the television, disappointed that I am not keeping up. I don’t know about you, but for some strange reason season 5 has been a bit difficult for me to watch for so many reasons. Are you having the same issues? If so please tell me why? Photo source and full credit One film I do recommend is Where the Crawdads Sing, past the novel, the film is captivating and very well paced. I’ve read the book, and normally films do not do justice to the story. But in this instance, the filmmaker took all the right precautions to ensure the screen version captured the essence of the well written story. Image source and full credit Where are we with Thanksgiving? I mean this is the first year for me where I am not the host and since my mother is unable …


A co-worker of mine tucked away in a far far away place – somewhere in the northern hemisphere asked if I were celebrating Thanksgiving with family this year. Sure, I said, with my every day family. I’m cooking as usual, but not the traditional turkey, which for years, I’ve mentioned not a popular bird in our home. So chicken it will be, plus all the trimmings I don’t mind making enough for leftovers. Because you see the week after thanksgiving will be the busiest week at my day job. and oh before I forget – check out this handy guide to finding just about any recipe – Thanksgiving or not. What are you doing this thanksgiving? Will you be travelling to family, staying home, or not even considering the holiday for any number of reasons?

Food: Mashed Potatoes 101

For the most part, I’ve taken off the side dish from my everyday life – staying true to eating less starch and more plant based  – but of course, the holidays are upon us, and one staple for a Thanksgiving dinner is mashed potatoes. But as I have learned over the years, there is a trick to making the best mashed potatoes and then there are mistakes to creating a lumpy goo easily mistaken for a mixture of cement or grout for that tile work you plan to install. So on to the perfect mashed potato from this wonderful site I turn to learning all the tricks of the trade. and the winner or the traditional mashed potatoes in my household is combo hand and fork mashed, with heavy cream, garlic, grass-fed butter, light sea salt, ground peppercorn and chives to taste. Simple, easy and the best tasting of all mashed potatoes I have ever had. How do you make your mashed potatoes?

Thanksgiving Menu: Sweet Potato in Variation

Let’s star the week off right – shall we? Sweet Potatoes have become a norm – offered up in restaurants past the holidays. My first exposure to sweet potato fries was in 2009 when I was working in Los Angeles and on my birthday I treated myself to the W Hotel in Westwood-Los Angeles poolside restaurant. I loved the sweet potato fries so much with a side of three dipping sauces, that I ordered another batch to go along with my cocktails. Fast forward to 2017, and sweet potatoes are a thing of the norm, and if you are planning on a new twist for this Thanksgiving holiday dinner, than consider these ideas: And this for sweet potato casserole: For that cinnamon Swirl Sweet Potato – this is what you want to try If Sweet Potato Mash is your thing – go here:

Food: Party Prep – You Had Me at…Honey Roasted Acorn

I try to change it up every year, in terms of side dishes or even a starter when I am hosting a get-together for the holidays – in the U.S. meaning to clarify – Thanksgiving or a party between the holidays. So, this amazing dish with honey butter roasted acorn, burrata and pomegranate made it on my menu for Thanksgiving: INGREDIENTS 2 acorn squash, seeded and cut into wedges 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste kosher salt and pepper 2-3 balls burrata cheese extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped 1/2 cup roasted, salted hazelnuts, roughly chopped 1/2 cup pomegranate arils

Food: Dinner Tonight – Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are in season and naturally this is the time of year, I make this vegetable in so many variations and just devour a bunch in one sitting.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this recipe and of course I had to share. Is your mouth watering yet? INGREDIENTS 2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil kosher salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/3 cup medjool dates, pits removed and chopped 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 8 ounces Halloumi cheese, cubed (continued)

Thanksgiving Menu not too Soon I assure You

Hopefully we’ve bounced back a little – and can actually begin to think about the holidays ahead. I mean on Friday I sent out the general company holiday party invite to the San Francisco division – mind you scheduled for mid-January. But it was me doing my part to getting the staff to veer from their anger to more happy thoughts. Then of course I did a little shopping with a friend for holiday decor ideas and now I am putting the menu together right here this entire week – which has to include side dishes for the gluten intolerant guests,  and those watching every bite they consume while everything tasting delicious of course. So, here we go. Today is side dishes: {featured image is wild rice chantarelles salad}

side dishes galore for thanksgiving dinner

I  spent this past weekend, choosing my recipes and planning my  Thanksgiving menu.  Since I am not a fan of turkey and neither are the members of my family, it is very important to have a fun selection of side dishes which are not only easy to prepare but also fun to eat. So below are the side dishes on my menu for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. {Click on the photo to get the recipe}