But you came for the recipes, not to listen to my babble. Here are a few I've blogged, and a few tried and true that I recommend. They're not terribly fancy, since I like the classics. Happy eatins'.
1. Maple-Glazed Apple Crostata. For apple pie goodness that's quicker to throw together.
2. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting. Seasonal and lightly spiced.
3. Chocolate-Covered Pecan Bars. When you're feeling super indulgent.
4. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter. Don't skip the honey butter. You'll be sorry you did.
5. Pecan Tassies. Not as eye-catching as the pecan bars, but way better and lighter.
6. Dry-Brined Turkey. I'm not a fan of finding a vat big enough to hold a turkey and gallons of liquid. And refrigerator space is prime real estate on Turkey Day. This dry brining from the LA Times is much easier and gives you a flavorful, moist bird.
7. Country Bread and Sage Dressing. I've made this Bobby Flay recipe on a few Thanksgivings. The sausage gives it nice flavor, but I've also omitted the sausage and swapped the chicken stock for vegetable stock for vegetarians. I like to add a diced Golden delicious apple, and toast the bread briefly in the oven first before proceeding with the recipe.
8. Dorie's Pumpkin Pie (or Tart). I haven't had the chance to do a new photo for this one, but don't be put off by my awful photography from 2008. This is my all-time favorite pumpkin pie, and I've made it many times. My mom prefers it warmed in the oven, but I like it cold from the fridge and dolloped with whipped cream. You decide.
9. Foolproof Turkey Gravy. It sounds so simple to make, but gravy is also easy to mess up. This Mad Hungry recipe helps you get it right.
10. Linda's Cranberry Apple Relish. I'll admit it. I love canned cranberry sauce. Previous attempts at homemade cranberry sauce didn't wow me, but this relish is good enough to eat alone by the spoonful. Recipe after the jump!
I love this recipe from my co-worker Linda! I tried to substitute the apple juice concentrate with apple cider, but it's just not the same. There's less apple flavor and you wind up having to use more brown sugar. Go with this recipe as is.
Linda's Cranberry-Apple Relish
12-ounce can of frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
3 tbs. brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bag cranberries
3 Golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and diced
Squirt of agave syrup, optional
Heat the apple juice concentrate with the brown sugar and cinnamon sticks until boiling, then add the cranberries. Simmer until most of the berries have popped. Discard the cinnamon sticks and stir in the apples and agave syrup, if using. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.