Break out the cranberries

Does your holiday table laden with all the trimmings include cranberry sauce? Or is cranberry jelly persona non grata at family celebrations?

I have to admit, as a kid, I wasn’t much of a fan of the stuff. Mom (or grandma, or some other relative) would dump the can on a plate and slice it.

Was I surprised when I discovered cranberry sauce doesn’t have to be a sickeningly sweet, gelatinous mass. Continue reading

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From our kitchen to yours …

Happy Thanksgiving from The Chicklets!

ABOVE: A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. In homes across the country on Thanksgiving Day, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like a caveman. (Matthew Mead/Associated Press, file)

ABOVE: A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. In homes across the country on Thanksgiving Day, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like a caveman. (Matthew Mead/Associated Press, file)

Whether your feast is traditional, vegetarian, low-carb or gluten-free, we hope your day is full of great company and fantastic food.

I, Arlene, will be enjoying chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans that in my Crock Pot while I attend a Thanksgiving Day Jazzercise class. Then I’ll spend the afternoon/evening at the newspaper office, putting Thursday’s news in Friday’s paper.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Fall slaw for one

Because I cook for myself—and only myself—almost all of the time, I have trouble with recipes made for a crowd. Giant bowls of potato salad, pasta salad and my favorite Broccoli Crunch Salad are hard for me to polish off before they go bad.

My concerted effort to spend more time in the kitchen this month is paying off with a slew of new recipes to try. The one I’m sharing today, Fall Slaw, is a variation on the Fall Slaw with Asian Pears and Almonds that I found on GreenLiteBites.

 

Fabulous Fall Slaw | Arlene Hittle/Chicklets in the Kitchen Continue reading

The flavors of Thanksgiving without the fuss

All the fixin’s you need …

I love Thanksgiving. What’s not to love about a holiday dedicated to food? 😉

This year’s different, though. Not only is the Boyfriend heading out of town, I have the pleasure of working. All. Night. Long. (From 3 to 10 or 11-ish, at least.) And when I’m not working, I should be NaNoWriMo-ing. (I’m WAY behind in my word count this year.)

Since I’ll be on my own and — between a turkey trot in the morning and work in the afternoon/evening — occupied for most of the day, there’s not a lot of point in planning a feast. Continue reading

No Recipe This Week–Gearing Up for Thanksgiving

So I had the brilliant idea to have TWO Thanksgiving celebrations this year. One in Florida on Thanksgiving Day with my sister-law and her family. Then a second one at home two days for my side of the family.

Yes, I am completely nuts. But when it goes off without a pumpkin pie out of place, then it will totally be worth the time and insanity.

So what do you do for Thanksgiving? Out of town? Do you host? What’s the craziest thing you’ve done or served for the big meal?