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Often Overlooked, Seriously Underrated

I LOVE Thanksgiving. It's probably my favorite holiday. Sure, it doesn't have the sparkle of other winter holidays or the anticipation of spring that Passover and Easter bring. It usually doesn't involve fireworks, sparklers, or grilling paraphernalia. But there is a heck of a parade!

What Thanksgiving lacks in glitz, it more than makes up for in comfort. For our celebration, we divvy up the dishes and always end up with a jaw-droppingly outstanding spread. (It doesn't hurt that I am affiliated with some phenomenal cooks.) There are always friends who join us for the feast and the evening is spent talking, watching movies, and relaxing. I love the warm herbs and spices that we use to flavor our dishes: sage and thyme, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. And really, what's better than the desserts that end up on the Thanksgiving menu?

If you're looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, there are plenty of cookbooks available at any Richland Library location. Here are some suggestions to get you started.


Alexis Says: Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Recipes
Amazon Says: Food writer and stylist Rebecca Ffrench comes from a long line of dessert lovers. She fondly remembers the special bonding time her grandparents had over dessert. The smell of more...
Amazon Says: Food writer and stylist Rebecca Ffrench comes from a long line of dessert lovers. She fondly remembers the special bonding time her grandparents had over dessert. The smell of fresh baked brownies transports her back into her mother’s kitchen where there was always some kind of foil-covered treat waiting on the counter. And, even today, she rarely lets the week go by without baking something for her family. Just as she remembers her mother’s warm, chocolatey pudding cake more fondly than her Monday meatloaf, Rebecca wants her own kids’ memories of dessert to be equally vivid. It was this very sense of nostalgia for these family heirloom recipes that planted the seeds for her first cookbook. After the loss of a beloved aunt, Rebecca came into possession of the aunt’s journal. It turned out that this journal was not only filled with memories but also a lifetime of recipes—recipes that would have been lost had they not been recorded and passed on. This inspired Rebecca to begin recording her family’s history and heritage through cakes and cookies, pies and puddings, tarts and treats, and in this book, she includes more than 75 of her family’s favorite “I’m home!” treats, from an ooey-gooey “Go-To” Hot Fudge Pudding Cake to a moist, dense Coconut Bunny Cake that Rebecca’s dad perfected to please his granddaughters. Any recipe you pick from her list sounds lush and tempting: Love Struck Sour Cherry Pie, Norwegian Custard Buns, Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts, No-Fail Caramel Sauce, Criss-Cross Apricot Coffeecake—the list goes deliciously on and on. Broken down into Preserving, Celebrating, Giving, and Creating, SWEET HOME teaches readers not only how to make delectable desserts, but how to keep your family’s traditions alive. Whether she’s preserving her Norwegian heritage by making Cloudberry Krumkaker Cones, celebrating Halloween with a Spooktacular Cheesecake, giving Kahlua Pound Cake through the post, or creating a new family tradition by making her father’s Chocolate Mudslide Cookies, Rebecca Miller Ffrench shows you how easy—and delicious—it is to make your home a sweet one. Add in the warm and winning headnotes on family and baking, tips to make each dish a success, and a special Baking Notes and Pantry section, and SWEET HOME is a recipe for a dessert classic—the perfect go-to guide for families wanting to preserve their history through recipes and food. less...
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Alexis Says: Feast
Amazon Says: We use food to mark occasions that are important to us in life. Feast is not just about the way we cook and eat at the great religious festivals or big-deal special occasions, more...
Amazon Says: We use food to mark occasions that are important to us in life. Feast is not just about the way we cook and eat at the great religious festivals or big-deal special occasions, but about how food is the vital way we celebrate anything that matters...it's how we mark the connections between us, how we celebrate life.' Essentially about families and food, about public holidays and private passions, about how to celebrate the small everyday pleasures as well as the big occasions, it includes everything from Christmas, Thanksgiving , Hanukkah and Eid, to Passover and Easter; from Valentine's Day to that first breakfast in bed and Sunday lunch fit for the In-Laws; from Meatless Feasts to Midnight Feasts, from Partytime to the ultimate Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame; from weddings to funerals, from Georgian and Venetian feasts to children's favourites. Heartwarming, passionate, informed, refreshingly uncomplicated and full of ideas, Feast is destined to become a classic like How to Eat. Written with the same enjoyment, sensuality and practical awareness, and packed with over 300 recipes from all over the world and from near to home, Feast proclaims Nigella's love of life and great food to celebrate it with. less...
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Alexis Says: To give you a nudge in your menu planning.
Amazon Says: A must-have for Martha fanciers.” —People “When Martha Stewart talks, holiday entertainers should listen.” —San Francisco Examiner “Stewart really knows how to more...
Amazon Says: A must-have for Martha fanciers.” —People “When Martha Stewart talks, holiday entertainers should listen.” —San Francisco Examiner “Stewart really knows how to put together dishes that complement one another.” —Washington Post Enjoy 20 complete menus with more than 150 deliciously diverse recipes Menus Celebrating Spring Pink Peony Dinner Party Hors d’Oeuvres in the Garden A Small but Special Baby Shower Spicy Thai Lunch Louisiana Seafood Feast North Carolina Barbecue Crabs and Corn on the Beach Tuscan Buffet Outdoors The Best Clambake Surprisingly Simple Chinese “Fried Green Tomatoes” Brunch Midsummer Fiesta Pasta for a Crowd Halloween’s “Ghoulish” Pleasures Thanksgiving at Turkey Hill Holiday Dessert Buffet A Birthday Dinner of Gifts New Traditions for Christmas Come for Champagne and Caviar less...
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Alexis Says: How to choose wine to accompany your feast.
Amazon Says: A robust resource to take you from first sip to fully stocked wine cellar! With this guide, you can go from only knowing the difference between red and white to understanding more...
Amazon Says: A robust resource to take you from first sip to fully stocked wine cellar! With this guide, you can go from only knowing the difference between red and white to understanding the nuances of all varieties. You'll learn:How to make sense of a wine labelWhat to ask when choosing a bottle in a restaurantWhere to go for the best wine vacationWays to identify a good wine by smell and appearance Learning about wine--one glass at a time--can be delicious and eye-opening! Complete with a pronunciation guide and glossary of terms, this book will turn anyone curious about wine into a true connoisseur. less...
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