Savory Sweet Potato Flans with Arugula Salad

If you’re like me, you’ll probably include sweet potatoes as part of your Thanksgiving menu.  But, you don’t have to turn to those predictable preparations of baked sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, or serve them mashed and seasoned with spices. There are far more exciting ways to use this versatile tuber. Continue reading

Apricot, Bacon and Blue Cheese Toasts

Okay, if you’re like me, appetizers are the last thing on your mind when planning a Thanksgiving menu. After all, there’s the big bird in the oven, the dressing to tend to, plus all those sides and desserts.

But those little nibbles we offer with glasses of wine do set the tone for the parade of dishes to come. My golden rule: appetizers served on Turkey Day should be simple to make, tasty, and not too filling. Apricot, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Toasts deliver with panache. Continue reading

Wendy’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Bars

Some of you may recognize this recipe from several years ago, but since it’s  more unusual than a traditional pumpkin pie, I’ve included it here. Wendy Kersher-Ninke, who has tested recipes for many of my books, sent me the recipe. She says that these delectable bars have replaced pumpkin pie at her holiday table.  Several readers of my blog searching for this recipe have not been able to find it so I am publishing it again here!
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