Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recipe Roundup :: Fall Favorites

Pumpkin bread with chocolate swirl

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, stress levels for most are at an all time high. Last year I spent the holiday solo, and I found it was easier to make myself a small Thanksgiving dinner with just my favorite dishes and save other dishes for later in the weekend. Spread some holiday cheer all weekend long with these easy recipes highlighting favorite Thanksgiving flavors.

I spent Sunday morning baking a loaf of this pumpkin bread from Real Simple. It's a genius recipe for brunch on Thanksgiving morning. It can easily be baked one to two days in advance and reheated while the family watches the Thanksgiving Day parade. The pumpkin flavor is not overpowering, more subtle in combination with the sweetness of the chocolate. And the loaf gets a nice crust while the bread overall is moist. This very well may become my go-to quick bread recipe. 

Fresh cranberry sauce is always better and I was delighted to find this cranberry mostarda on Food & Wine. Mustard is probably my most-used condiment, and the recipe marries a cranberry base with mustard seed, orange zest and spices. A great option to compliment your Thanksgiving feast, this sauce would also pair nicely with pork chops and sausages. 

Make this cornbread for tonight's dinner or tomorrow's snack. With a combination of brown butter, buttermilk and maple syrup, it's not your average cornbread. And since the skillet is sure to give the cornbread a crispy crust, the leftovers will make a great savory cornbread stuffing to accompany that roast turkey on Thursday.

The name sounds long, but that's all the ingredients in this recipe from Food 52. Yes, count them four, and it takes only about 20-25 minutes to cook. With a busy holiday week, what more could you ask for. This dish would make a great Thanksgiving side, a change-up from your traditional potato and sweet potato side-dishes. Or keep this recipe in mind for a light but hearty meal before your Black Friday shopping.

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