Keep things uncomplicated and bake an oyster dressing with bacon and hot sauce outside of the bird. It's spicy, bready, and deliciously briny. Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes loaded with sour cream and white cheddar cheese. Finally, round out the menu with a bourbon-cranberry compote. It's the perfect sweet-tart accompaniment to succulent turkey. To be inspired by this collection of curated recipes, keep reading.
Although the vegetable pot pies are somewhat laborious, they can be made in advance. Check out the recipes I plan on using here.
The transition from Summer to Fall is always hard; I don't want to let go of the warm days and luscious fruits. But, alas, it's October and there's no use holding onto Summer anymore. It's time to embrace the new season, and there's no better way to do it than with a refreshing and delicious cocktail, like the one featured here. It's a simple mixture of rum, pineapple juice, and fresh-squeezed lime juice, but the resulting libation is perfectly balanced.
Be sure to use a good-quality spiced rum; I like Cruzan's aged offering. It's the base of the drink and therefore the most prominent flavor. The original recipe called for 1/4 ounce of cinnamon syrup, but I didn't have four-plus hours to wait for the syrup to steep. Instead I threw a whole cinnamon stick in the cocktail shaker. The result is subtle, but with the true essence of Autumn. Learn how to make the drink now!
This oddly named cocktail, which is apparently a staple at bars in Japan, is a combination of lemon, sugar, seltzer, and apple brandy. The recipe's quite simple, but sometimes that's what works best. See it when you read on.
Being a native to the Bay Area, I've long been a seasonal eater. This means that I enjoy peaches and corn in the Summer and pears and squash in the Fall. However, there are certain fruits and vegetables that have become season-less due to the fact that they're always available at grocery stores, such as apples, strawberries, and one that used to be only around in Spring, asparagus.
Now, let me clarify something. I'll avoid these ingredients at all costs until they are in season, but if a friend or family member begs me to serve them for his or her birthday, I can't say no! That's how I came to make these uncomplicated but delectable asparagus canapes. Crispy toast, creamy cheese, and fresh asparagus: what's not to love? They're an addictive bite; you won't be able to eat just one, so make the whole recipe. Get the technique after the break.