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Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – Candied Sweet Potatoes

Originally posted on November 17, 2008 In my opinion, the best Thanksgiving recipes are easy, and they tolerate being made a day or two ahead of time with no loss of flavor or texture. This is one of those recipes. Depending on how things are going with cleaning (and how much room there is in my refrigerator), I will either pre-cut the sweet potatoes the night before or cook the whole dish the night before. It reheats beautifully, so it really doesn’t make any difference to the finished dish. I like sweets. A lot. And so, I use a bag … Read more

BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon (Stovetop and Slow Cooker Instructions)

BBQ baked beans recipe with bacon - These super easy and simple beans are perfect for potlucks or parties, but families love them too. Mix with couscous or rice or just serve plain as a side dish. So amazing!

  Summer is almost here! I have the perfect recipe to take to the neighbor’s BBQ, your friend’s picnic, and the potluck at your church. It’s easy to make, very inexpensive, and it feeds a huge crowd. It can simmer all day in the crockpot or cook on the stove top. It travels well, so I take it to casual get-togethers all year long.   Print Recipe BBQ “Baked” Beans Course Main Course, Main Dish Cuisine American Servings Ingredients 2 cups couscous or rice uncooked1 pound bacon1 tbsp olive oil1 large onion coarsely chopped3 cloves garlic1/2 cup brown sugar packed2 … Read more

Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce

I don’t like canned cranberry sauce. The whole gelatinous thing just doesn’t appeal to me. Actually, I think the biggest problem is the sound it makes when it schloops out of the can onto the plate, and it maintains the ridges from the can. There is nothing appealing about that, in my opinion. When I first started hosting Thanksgiving at my home, I made my own cranberry sauce. Fresh food is always preferable to food from a metal can, so I found a fresh cranberry sauce recipe, and I cooked it. And no one liked it but me. Everyone else … Read more

Gourmet Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Topping

pumpkin pie with pecan topping

I love pecan pie, Dear Reader. I mean, I adore it. I wish I could live on pecan pie, but I don’t know if my teeth and hips could stand such a diet. Pumpkin pie, not so much. I like it enough, but I don’t love it. Well, I love it when it’s mounded with 2 cups of Cool Whip, but then it sort of ceases to be pumpkin pie and is really just pumpkin-y whipped topping, so I don’t think that counts. Anyway, when I started having my family’s Thanksgiving celebration at my house, I set out to find … Read more