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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the pinnacle of a Southern host’s cooking life. It’s the opportunity to put out a spread filled with everyone’s favorite foods, like Roasted Turkey of course, Southern Cornbread Dressing, Giblet Gravy, and Sweet Potato Casserole.

Our family also demands this Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese, and then there’s dessert: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie…the list goes on.

A closeup of a serving of Southern Broccoli Casserole on a plate over a marble board.

Southern Broccoli Casserole

Southern Broccoli Casserole with crispy bacon, cheese, onion, and topped with toasted cheese crackers is the best broccoli casserole we’ve ever had! Your family will love this one! My friend, Janis, gave me this broccoli casserole recipe back in 1990 and I’ve been making it the exact same way ever since. It is so good …

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A serving of apple sausage stuffing on a plate with the dish in the background.

Apple Sausage Stuffing

Apple Sausage Stuffing with mushrooms, sage, and other fresh herbs and vegetables is a delicious variation of traditional stuffing. Stuffing is not a traditional Southern Thanksgiving dish. We always have Southern Cornbread Dressing with Giblet Gravy, but every now and then I like to throw this Apple Sausage Stuffing out there as well. I’ve tweaked …

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A slice of pumpkin crumb cake on a white plate.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Cake is sweet and fragrant from notes of allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. It’s an easy-to-make, tender cake that’s great for morning coffee or after dinner. This easy Pumpkin Crumb Cake is delightful any time of the year. It’s simple, easy, and combines all the fun pumpkin spices with a brown sugar …

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Thanksgiving Menu for two includes easy, smaller prepared dishes that will feed 2-4 people, and you'll have just enough leftovers for a few sandwiches!

Thanksgiving for Two Menu

Thanksgiving for Two Menu includes easy, smaller prepared dishes that will feed 2-4 people, and you’ll have just enough leftovers for a few sandwiches! We usually have a pretty large crowd when we host Thanksgiving, anywhere from 20-30 people. And I love it that way—the more the merrier! This allows me to roast a large …

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Skillet Dressing Recipe made in a cast iron skillet with sage leaves on the side.

Skillet Dressing Recipe

This Skillet Dressing Recipe with Pear, Sage, and Bacon is just right for a smaller crowd—and it’s bursting with fresh flavor! Why is it that we only have dressing at Thanksgiving? Or is that just me? Are the rest of you eating fabulous Southern Cornbread Dressing all year long and I just don’t know about …

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Sausage breakfast pizza with eggs and cheese over a crescent roll crust is a fun and delicious cheesy breakfast. Kids love this recipe!

Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Sausage breakfast pizza with eggs and cheese over a crescent roll crust is a fun and delicious cheesy breakfast. Kids love this recipe! This easy Sausage Breakfast Pizza recipe is an easy way to serve breakfast to a crowd, especially when you’re feeding kids. My kids tend to love this recipe more than my Classic …

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A slice of moist yellow cake on a plate with the whole cake in the background with chocolate frosting.

Moist Yellow Cake Recipe

Moist yellow cake recipe that gives you perfect results every time! No more wondering how your cake will turn out — this recipe is easy and delicious! And you can use it for a layer cake or cupcakes. For years I used my Granny’s Feather Cake recipe when baking a yellow birthday cake, but I …

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Peach chutney in a white bowl on a green checkered tablecloth.

Peach Chutney

Peach Chutney with fresh ginger and lime juice is the perfect topping for your grilled meats or your holiday ham! Fruit chutneys are excellent for adding that extra touch of flavor to meat, poultry, or fish. And almost any fruit can be made into a chutney, which is basically a relish. Around the holidays, I …

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A clear glass bowl of banana pudding topped with whipped cream.

Southern Banana Pudding

This is the best Southern Banana Pudding made with a rich, creamy homemade custard and topped with whipped cream. The homemade custard makes all the difference! Southern Banana Pudding is a simple dessert: inexpensive, easy, no baking required in the heat of a Southern summer, and almost everyone likes it. And to be fair, I’m not …

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Butternut Squash Soup in a large pot on a grey board with a striped towel.

The BEST Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup with roasted butternut squash, apples, and caramelized onions in a rich, creamy, dairy-free soup. Perfect for soup season and holiday menus! One of my favorite times of the year is when the weather starts turning a little chilly in the evenings. I immediately start thinking about soups, don’t you? Maybe because the …

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A serving of Southern cornbread dressing on a plate with dish in background.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing is so easy to make—with cornbread, celery, onion, sage, and lots of good chicken stock—this classic Cornbread Dressing is great for Thanksgiving dinner or as a side dish anytime!  Ahhh…here’s the star of the Thanksgiving table. It’s not the turkey, although that’s pretty nice too, especially if you use my turkey brine …

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The Thanksgiving Tablecloth is one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Just take an inexpensive tablecloth and have everyone write something each year. You'll treasure the memories that you make!

The Thanksgiving Tablecloth

The Thanksgiving Tablecloth is one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Just take an inexpensive tablecloth and have everyone write something each year. You’ll treasure the memories that you make! Many years ago when I began hosting Thanksgiving, I was reading and searching for Thanksgiving table decorating ideas and came across the idea of a thankful …

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Closeup of pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling on a platter.

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

This Pumpkin Roll recipe is an easy and impressive dessert all year long. We think this version is the BEST with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves—with a smooth and creamy filling from cream cheese and powdered sugar.  About a dozen years ago, my daughter requested a pumpkin roll for our Thanksgiving menu, in addition to the …

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Slice of caramel cake on a plate with whole cake in background.

Southern Caramel Cake

Southern caramel cake with homemade caramel icing from butter, sugar, and milk. This one tastes just like Grandma’s! A classic favorite, Southern Caramel Cake is just a regular yellow cake frosted with a sweet caramel cake icing. Some folks like to drizzle the caramel icing in between the layers and just let it drip from …

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A slice of fudge pie on a white plate.

Fudge Pie – Easy and Amazing!

Fudge pie made with cocoa takes about 10 minutes to put together and 30 minutes to bake into the most delicious pie you’ve ever had! If you ask my family what they want for dessert, hands down every single one of us will say something chocolate. Chocolate Chess pie, chocolate cake, chocolate something—which doesn’t mean we …

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