Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

(Late) Thanksgiving Feast

I know Thanksgiving was a week and a half ago, and I’d be better off posting ginger molasses chews or peppermint bark, but I’m still playing catch-up! I won’t bore you with lots of Thanksgiving stories, but I do have a few recipes I’m dying to share. I even tried my hand at a few savory items on our Thanksgiving menu, and they came out quite well, if I do say so myself 🙂

Without further ado, your recipes!

This is how I started my Thanksgiving morning, and pretty much how I start every morning at home: skim maple latte, with lots of foam! So warm and cozy. Yum.

And this pretty bundt-shaped Pumpkin Cider Cranberry Bread: I used two recipes (both from Gourmet, one for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, and another for Pumpkin Cider Bread) to create this super moist, mildly sweet and yummy breakfast bread. I mostly followed the cider bread recipe, but played around with the spices, and added cranberries of course! It’s best served toasted with butter, along side a cup of coffee, but good just on it’s own as well.

For the savory dishes, I was responsible for the starch — so I chose Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin, which my family has made in the past, but this year it seemed especially delicious. Full of fresh herbs and cream and cheesy goodness. This was really incredible. I even ate it cold the next day…

I also attempted brussel sprouts for the first time, and they came out surprisingly well. So well, in fact, that we made the same recipe the next night! I don’t know where this recipe comes from as it was dictated to me while I was in the kitchen, but it includes: 1 can chicken stock, a whole bunch of brussel sprouts (how’s that for a precise measurement?!), 6 slices of cooked bacon (and some fat reserved to brown the brussel sprouts!) and 1/2 cup golden raisins. We sort of did out own thing (ie subbed regular raisins, and then cranberries the next night which I would DEFINITELY recommend), and they were DELICIOUS.

We also made a Spinach Artichoke dip from Annie’s Eats that was really quite fantastic, but it got eaten too fast to document.

And last but not least, this pretty Dutch Apple Tart, inspired by Brown Eyed Baker’s Dutch Apple Pie. So good. SOOO good. As was the pumpkin pie that my little brother made?! I think I might have some competition in the kitchen!

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon. My next recipe is for one of my favorite desserts I’ve ever made — you think I’m kidding? Well stay tuned and you’ll see!

With love, and sugar. Enjoy!

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