Last Minute Stellar Sides for Thanksgiving

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Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Have you already made 3 trips to the grocery store this week? Or even just today? I’ve done my best to pick things up before now, but invariably I’ve forgotten the one key ingredient for the pie or a side. So, yes, I’ll be one of those people you’ll see standing in line with everyone else today.

In case you are still looking for inspiration or have discovered that one of your relatives has recently become a vegetarian, here are some stellar sides from Camille Styles that will have everyone ignoring the turkey.acornsquash1

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Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad

These also make great “lighter” meals for this coming weekend, if you over indulged on your favorite pies!

Wishing you and your families a most wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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images: Camille Styles

Almost Cinco de Mayo

Are you as ready for Friday as I am?! I was actually deep in the heart of Texas this past week, helping my mom. She was in a serious car accident and spent 2 weeks in the hospital and will have a long road of healing ahead. There was a silver lining though. I love “going home” and when do you actually get 6 uninterrupted days with your mother? Pretty much the perfect Mother’s Day gift for me. But, as I was there to help out and not to hang out….I didn’t have a single TexMex meal. Not a one. Unless you count the spicy guacamole I kept bringing back from Whole Foods. I have a thing about guacamole. You could say I’m addicted. 

Which is why it just seems perfect, as this weekend is upon us, to give a little nod to my Texas roots and give a shout out for Cinco de Mayo. Margaritas, anyone?!

Do you like your tacos mild or spicy? Margaritas on the rocks or frozen? Beer with a lime or a lime fresca (you gotta try this recipe)? Whatever your desire…..I hope your weekend is hot, hot, hot!!!

images: bar taco, terrain, meaning of pie

Homemade Tomato Soup

 As the days get shorter and months grow colder, soup is the one food that I find most delicious and comforting. With tomatoes at the height of their glory, this creamy tomato soup, from my favorite food blog, the meaning of pie, doesn’t need to wait for a chilly day.

Blog author, photographer and mom, Kelly Dean Yandell, knows how to break down seemingly overwhelming recipes with simple step-by-step instructions and stunning food photography. These are real recipes for real people. 

And, I haven’t seen a food blog or cookbook that does a better job of combining illustration and wit! Peruse her blog and I promise you’ll find some new recipes to savor!

What’s your favorite comfort food for the season ahead?