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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Bobby’s Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

by in Holidays, November 19th, 2010

smoked chile scalloped potatoes
Thanksgiving is — count ‘em — only 7 days away! Every day from now until then, we’re sharing our favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes. Sweet potatoes may have been absent from the first Thanksgiving, but since then they’ve established their place on the Thanksgiving table next to green bean casserole, stuffing and/or dressing and mashed potatoes.

Traditional sweet potato casserole and honey-baked yams are great, but this year I’m adding a twist (or, rather, a kick) to the table with Bobby’s spicy scalloped potatoes. To make, just layer thinly-sliced sweet potatoes (a mandolin works wonders here) with chipotle-spiked cream and bake until tender and crisp on top. Bonus: This dish serves beautifully and travels well, so it’s ideal for a Thanksgiving potluck.

TELL US: Are you going traditional or with-a-twist for this year’s feast?

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing

by in Holidays, November 16th, 2010

thanksgiving cornbread stuffing
I’m definitely on Team Cornbread when it comes to Thanksgiving stuffing specifics, so I was intrigued when I came across a 5-star recipe for the World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing. What, I wondered, makes it so special? What makes it good enough that one reviewer exclaimed “So sorry, Grandmum. After generations of yours, this is tastier!”?

I had to find out. I don’t know if it’s the sweet corn muffins in place of the typical savory cornbread, the hot Italian sausage or the earthy fresh sage, but the combination of flavors is enough to make me (almost) swear off my family recipe.  This stuffing has definitely earned its place on my Thanksgiving table this year.

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dessert of the Day: Paula’s Pumpkin Roll

by in Holidays, November 10th, 2010
Pumpkin Roll Cake
Paula's Pumpkin Roll Cake

Let’s face it: Turkey is great (especially if you make Alton Brown’s famous Good Eats Roast Turkey), but desserts are the real star of Thanksgiving.  To help you fill out your dessert table, we’re featuring favorite Thanksgiving Desserts every day this week.  Today, a dessert that’s a universal crowd-pleaser: Paula’s Pumpkin Roll Cake.

Paula tucks toffee-studded cream cheese filling inside a classic pumpkin cake, then tops with powdered sugar and caramel sauce.  For bakery-worthy results, roll the cake in a powdered sugar-coated towel while you make the filling to avoid cracks. (Watch Paula’s cake-rolling technique .)

TELL US: What desserts will be on your Thanksgiving table?

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving

Fall Fest: Pick The Perfect Apple

by in View All Posts, September 29th, 2010
The Neelys' Apple Crisp
The Neelys' Apple Crisp

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Bring on the apple crisp, baked apples and applesauce-d pork chops  — apple season is here! From popular supermarket varieties to the thousands of heirloom types you can pick up at a local farmers’ market, each apple has its own personality.

Some apples stand up to baking, while others fall flat in the oven. Some are too tart to munch on, but perfect for pies. So, how do you choose? Here’s a primer on picking the best apples for the job.

The best apples for favorite recipes »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

by in View All Posts, June 11th, 2010
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Who would you want to break bread with? Photo by Facebook fan Stephanie Petersen.

Facebook fans, we love you! We asked you which chef, real or fictional, alive or dead, you’d most like to set a place for at your dinner table. More than 3,000 of you wrote back!

Find out the dinner-guest favorites »