Awesome appetizers for your Thanksgiving feast.

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If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of absurd to even consider appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. But let’s not stop and think about it, shall we? Because all the while the turkey’s in the oven roasting, it’s emanating the most delicious smells from the kitchen. Tummies will invariably rumble. So, yeah: appetizers are a good thing. But you’ll want simple nibbles that aren’t too fussy or difficult to make. Like these. Get my favorite Thanksgiving appetizer recipes over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Fabulous Thanksgiving side dishes.

butternut squash and wild rice bake | writes4food.com

Rob and I are heading to the beach in South Carolina over the Thanksgiving week, leaving our loving family in Indiana wondering what the hell is wrong with us. So it’ll be shrimp and grits for us on Thanksgiving day. Figuring you’re planning something a bit more traditional, I’ll share my favorite Thanksgiving sides, salads and breads to inspire your Turkey Day menu. See the collection of holiday recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Overnight coffee cake.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe | writes4food.com

Two things strike me about this recipe that I found in my grandma Dorothy’s old recipe file: one, the beautiful penmanship, and two, this line: “Can be made 2 days before, providing you have good refrigeration.” Good refrigeration. This Overnight … Continue reading

Couscous salad with apples and feta.

I made up this recipe after we had a similar salad at a delightful little bar/cafe in Lucca, Tuscany. Couscous is the ideal base for any kind of salad—and this one has a lovely range of flavors and textures: crisp, sweet apple, salty Feta, briny olive, crunchy almonds. It’s kinda perfect, actually. Get the recipe for Couscous Salad with Apple and Feta over on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Savory granola topping.

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If you’ve bought into the whole Non-Lettuce Salad trend, which you totally should, then you’ll want some fun toppings to finish off your plate of lightly dressed seasonal vegetables. Here’s a fun recipe to try: Savory Granola. Works great on salad, soups, or as a cocktail nibble. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Raspberry hazelnut thumbprints.

raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookie recipe | writes4food.com

Quick: You have to bake a batch of Christmas cookies for the kid’s school party, or the office gift exchange, or the neighborhood caroling festivities. Here you go: an easy butter cookie rolled in toasted nuts and topped with a jewel of jam. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Chai shortbread.

chai spiced shortbread cookie recipe | writes4food.com

If you’re making an assortment of Christmas cookies, you’ll want a shortbread type: they’re pretty, tasty and easy to make. I’ve updated the traditional shortbread cookie recipe with warm, seasonal chai spices. Get your new favorite cookie recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Fruitcake gems.

Christmas Fruicake Cookie recipe | writes4food.com

These Christmas Fruitcake Gems hit all the right notes: caramel-y but not too sweet (yay, dark brown sugar!), tender, studded with dried fruit and chopped pistachios. If you think of that leaden brick on the dessert buffet when you think fruitcake, let these Christmas fruitcake cookies change your mind. Get this and other holiday cookie recipes on writes4food.com, now through Christmas. Continue reading