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January 28, 2016
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What’s On My Table: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the one time of year I pull out all the sterling silver flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks, polish it up and use it. I love the rich luster of well used and well loved sterling silver. It catches the light and is especially striking when used with beautiful linens. Sterling silver requires elbow […]

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January 25, 2016
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How to Dress Your Tabletop

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have a party, chosen the menu and guest list, it’s time to design the tabletop. The table design and setting is just as important as the food because it adds another element to the event and the overall experience. I always start with one thing as my main […]

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January 18, 2016
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Ham, Gruyere & Chive Loaf

Because I tested the ham recipe before Thanksgiving, I had lots of leftover ham. I thought it was the perfect time to think about how to use leftovers. Ham muffins, ham biscuits, maybe even ham baked in a pasta timballo, so many options. Suddenly I remembered a summer vacation many, many years ago when I […]

My menu doesn’t include any lime jello but I do use mom’s recipe for Stuffing and Candied Yams.

January 14, 2016
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Minerva’s Candied Yams

My mom only made these once a year at Thanksgiving. We had baked Russet potatoes and other potatoes throughout the year, but these were strictly for Thanksgiving. As much as I love these and could eat them all year, it’s nice to have something you only make once a year for a special holiday. They […]

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January 11, 2016
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Espresso Brownies with Espresso Ganache

These brownies should be marked “For Adults Only”. They are deep, rich, dark chocolate with an intense hit of espresso. There is espresso powder in the brownie and in the ganache frosting. You don’t usually think about a chocolate dessert at Thanksgiving but this is the perfect last bite to follow those traditional Thanksgiving flavors […]

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January 7, 2016
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Melissa Clark’s Chive Mashed Potatoes

We all know Thanksgiving is fairly labor intensive. Anything you can do ahead is a plus. It never occurred to me that it was possible to make mashed potatoes ahead until I read Melissa Clark’s recipe for Mashed Potato Casserole. I admit I had doubts, so I tried it out a few weeks before Thanksgiving. […]

January 4, 2016
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Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Mushrooms & Zucchini

One of the first cookbooks that I ever bought, that I still have, was Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I was living at home, still in school, and my mother did all the cooking. I don’t remember what possessed me to buy the book but I do remember my first recipe was […]

Porcelain cherub bowls: Vintage German porcelain

December 31, 2015
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Cranberry Relish Two Ways

I am a big fan of Cranberry Relish, not just for Thanksgiving. It’s great on sandwiches and even with Greek yoghurt for breakfast. For Thanksgiving, I make two different versions. The first is really my favorite, with frozen peaches or mango and crystalized ginger. I always made it with frozen peaches until the year I […]

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December 28, 2015
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Baked Ham with Bourbon Pecan Glaze

My dear friend Dano requested a ham for Thanksgiving. I said what I usually say, “Of course, I’ll make ham for Thanksgiving, in addition to the turkey.” I didn’t tell him that until this Thanksgiving I had never baked a ham. My only memories of my mother baking a ham involved a canned ham decorated […]