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Here Comes the Parade of Side Dishes 
Nov. 26, 2013 10:19 am 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 6:48 am

Here comes the parade of our Thanksgiving side dishes.  Thanksgiving dinner isn't all about Turkey.  Although the bird maybe the star of the show, it is the side dishes that make the meal. These are family favorites, not reserved for just Thanksgiving.  From time to time I can try to sneak in a new recipe, sometimes that is well received and other times well....

Green Beans with Bacon
Green Beans with Bacon


Green Beans with Bacon must make an appearance.  My helpers will be glad to know that I am not using fresh green beans this year.  It took so long to clean and snap the beans last year that I decided then and there to go with organic frozen green beans from Costco.

Green Beans with Bacon


Cranberry Apple Sauce


Thanksgiving would not be complete without cranberry sauce.  We have tried a lot of different cranberry sauce recipes but this one wins hands down.  Even the little kids in our family love this!

Cranberry Applesauce with Apricots


Parsnips and carrots


I think parsnips are the worlds most under appreciated vegetable.  This combination of  parsnips and carrots goes well with almost any meal.  Parsnips look like white carrots, blended together they are a match made in heaven.

Parsnips and Carrots



Mashed Potatoes 016a


Of course we have mashed potatoes too!  There are a couple of secrets to making really good mashed potatoes and that begins with not over mixing them.  The best video / recipe I have seen on this subject is Chef John's Perfect Mashed potatoes.



Gravy serving


What would mashed potatoes be without the gravy?  In case you missed it, I did a whole post just on gravy.  Let's Talk Gravy!




Tip's Turkey Dressing
Tip's Turkey Dressing


Of course there is the stuffing / dressing. It deserved it's own post too!  I moved out of the box (stuffing box) and tried Marianne's stuffing.  It is a keeper!
Turkey Herb Dressing
If you are going to stuff the bird go for Marianne's recipe for "Tip's Turkey Dressing"


I am starting to get hungry!  How about you?

Nov. 26, 2013 12:07 pm
That stuffing looks delicious. Of course, I love pretty much any homemade stuffing.
Nov. 26, 2013 12:57 pm
I think the stuffing is the highlight of the meal!
Nov. 27, 2013 9:40 am
I so wish my family would eat "real" stuffing. Grandma made stove top and that is all any of my family will eat - I'm talking not just my kids, my siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. I like the boxed stuff but would love to try some of the "real" stuff! Saturday I'm hosting our holiday dinner with our dear friends and am making a cranberry stuffing. Can't wait to try it!
Nov. 27, 2013 9:24 pm
Good luck Mother Ann - I made one that everyone loved, it was like the one I published but had apples, dried cranberries, sausage, celery and onions. Delish!
Nov. 28, 2013 5:17 pm
Happy Thanksgiving BN - - your sides look delicious! And your cranberry applesauce with apricots is something I'm going to try. Hope you have a great and eventually restful day! God Bless!
Nov. 28, 2013 6:40 pm
Thank you luv2cook! We had a great day! I hope you did as well.
Nov. 29, 2013 2:30 am
I loved your TV interview. You handled it like a pro! I agree with you about Thanksgiving, b.t.w.
Nov. 29, 2013 9:29 am
Okay BN, it's the day after TG and you've made me hungry all over again. Your photos are simply beautiful! I just know your Thanksgiving table was magnificent. Many blessings to you and yours!
Nov. 29, 2013 9:30 am
Oh, and yes..... Stovetop made an appearance at our TG table. Sigh.....
Nov. 30, 2013 6:48 am
Hi Candice. Thanksgiving was great. We were missing 4 of our big eaters so we have leftover turkey, stuffing, gravy and potatoes. I was able to scale back the veggies so there weren't a lot of those leftover.
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