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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry-Sauce-Recipe

I originally shared this recipe last year, but thought it would be good timing for me to re-post again as everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season and Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is on the horizon and American Thanksgiving is not far behind. I’m already collecting recipes for things I might want to cook for the big feast. I thought I would share my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce for those of you also planning ahead. It is so easy to make, that you’ll never want to open a can again.

This year, my parents are flying into Portland for a visit and staying for about 3-4 weeks to baby-sit BINGO while we have a bit of traveling booked on our calendar. So we will likely do a very small celebration in the city with the four of us before Paul and I head out to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Zion National Park + Bryce Canyon!

Gobble gobble! Bookmark, pin or print this recipe for your Thanksgiving menu.

Bring to boil 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved before you add ONE 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries.

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Simmer for 8-10 minutes until the cranberries begin to burst (more…)

Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

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I discovered a little trick while planning for Canadian Thanksgiving last year – which was to plan ahead as much as possible. I recommend cooking and prepping two days before your big dinner so you’re not stuck in the kitchen the whole day while your friends and family are there.

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Paul and I had an awesome Canadian Thanksgiving last year and cooked up a feast for his parents who drove a uhaul full of our junk from Toronto to Portland, in order to help us furnish the new beach house!

Here’s how we planned for our Thanksgiving Dinner together: (more…)

Thanksgiving Brown Rice + Sausage Stuffing

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I can’t believe Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up next month! My parents will be in town to visit me and we will definitely do a dinner together to celebrate.

One of my favourite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the stuffing. I’ve made every type of stuffing there is using cornbread, sourdough, white bread and even challah bread. I decided to try something different this year and created a rice stuffing for those entertaining guests with gluten-free diets. (more…)

5 Recipe Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Gourmet Turkey Sandwich 

The first thing I do is make up a bunch of gourmet turkey sandwiches to enjoy all week! I’ll even pack a few extra and send them home with my guests. Make sure to pick-up a loaf of gourmet bread during your holiday shopping so you’re planning ahead for those Thanksgiving leftovers!

I like to add mayo, cranberry sauce, a spot of gravy, leaf lettuce and a slice of tomato. Get fancy and add red onion rings, avocado and swiss cheese. Pair with some crunchy chips for an easy lunch idea. Check out this sandwich above and more ideas over at Martha Stewart. (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Since moving to the USA, my birthday now officially lines up with American Thanksgiving. In Canada, we celebrate in October. So I decided to host 26 of my closest friends for an intimate-ish ThanksBirthday dinner party. A mash-up between a birthday party and Thanksgiving dinner all-in-one. Who turns down a chance to eat a Thanksgiving dinner twice? Apparently no one! Paul and I hosted ThanksBirthday the weekend before actual Thanksgiving and everyone was luckily still in town and available.

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First off, we held this little dinner party in our townhouse – and moved every single piece of furniture we had on the main floor up to our bedroom and office. I rented three eight-foot tables, gold chiavari chairs, burnt orange linens, gravy boats, wine glasses and salt & pepper shakers. The rentals itself were fairly reasonably priced – it’s the pick-up and delivery that took up most of the cost.

To save on clean-up and more rentals, I opted for these cute little Thanksgiving paper plates, paper napkins and placecards from Target. I bought compostable plastic cups and gold plastic cutlery from Party City. I bought flower vases for $1 from the 99 cents store and bought four bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s for $5.99 each. I found decorative gourds at Albertson’s for $1.99 and kept my table decorations at that. (more…)

Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

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I LOVE brussels sprouts.

I did not grow up eating them, so they are a bit of an exotic food for me. Whereas Paul ate them as a kid and still hates them to this day – even when I slather them in maple syrup and serve it up with crispy bacon. I came across this recipe in the November 2014 issue of Cooking Light and it shot right to the top of my to-do list. These Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts are also great to serve for a crowd.

It’s perfect as a weeknight side dish or for your Thanksgiving table. To save time, I buy the pre-washed version from Trader Joe’s and I just do the cutting while the bacon is cooking. Here’s the recipe for Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 7 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 3 lbs of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

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