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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.

Mac and Cheese with Creamy Cheese Sauce

Mac and Cheese with a creamy, cheesy sauce — this one is a classic family favorite! No eggs, just a luscious creaminess with LOTS of cheese! It’s the cheesiest and the best! Cold, rainy, winter days…or hot, steamy, summer weekend cookouts with barbecue—both are perfect for a warm, comforting, cheesy plate of creamy baked mac and …

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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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Turkey Breast Roasted with Maple Cayenne Glaze

Oven roasted turkey breast with a maple syrup and cayenne pepper glaze is just right for a smaller gathering or for your weekly turkey sandwiches. One of my favorite things to cook throughout the year is an oven roasted turkey breast. I like to have the first meal with the turkey right out of the …

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Tea Cakes – Old-fashioned Southern Recipe

Tea cakes are buttery and slightly soft, not as sweet as a sugar cookie and falling somewhere between a cookie and a cake. They are an old-fashioned Southern favorite! This recipe is so easy–no mixer required and no chilling dough. You can have these wonderful tea cakes ready in about 30 minutes! What is a …

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The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The best chocolate buttercream frosting with a rich chocolate flavor that’s ready in 10 minutes! You’ll want to eat this frosting on everything! Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting is made with cocoa and melted bittersweet chocolate, giving it a deep chocolate flavor.  The butter and half and half ensure that it’s luscious, rich, and creamy. That’s …

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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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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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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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Southern Green Beans – Like Granny Made!

Southern green beans are flavored with bacon and cooked low and slow until tender. These green beans are so easy to make and a must-have side dish on every Southern table. I’ll tell you a secret: I prefer my Garlic Roasted Green Beans, but my family loves these old-fashioned Southern green beans, cooked to death and …

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Southern Deviled Eggs – Easy and Delicious!

Southern Deviled Eggs are creamy with a touch of sweetness from pickle relish and a sprinkle of paprika on top. Very simple and tasty! A Southern gathering isn’t complete without a plate of deviled eggs…and that plate is always a deviled egg plate. Every good Southern hostess should have one, usually passed down from her …

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Southern Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu ideas and recipes to help you plan ahead and have the best holiday with the least amount of stress! What to Do Before Thanksgiving Week Clean out your fridge and freezer – this is one of the most important things you can do! Toss that old stuff, like LAST YEAR’S Thanksgiving leftovers and …

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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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Herb Butter for Turkey or Chicken

Herb Butter is versatile and a great way to add flavor to roast turkey, chicken, fish, or even pork. You can vary the herbs for different flavors. This recipe uses sage, thyme, and rosemary, as well as several different spices.  There are several ways to make sure your roast turkey stays moist on the inside with …

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Baking Tips

Cream Cheese Pound Cake is sweet, buttery, moist, and delicious—the perfect pound cake! It’s an easy go-to cake for any occasion and it’s my family’s favorite cake! Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe Remember those cookbooks that churches or various ladies’ groups put together? Not even a hard cover book, just pages held together with a …

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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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