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Timing Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes

by Jane Wangersky November 21st, 2014 | Cooking Basics
Cooking Basics As Thanksgiving gets near, there's a lot of cooking advice being sought and given out, most of it about turkey – understandably. But let's not forget the side dishes that are some people's favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner, and that are too easy to overlook in the quest for the perfect turkey.

Of course, the dinner does revolve around the turkey, so timing for the side dishes and everything else will have to be based on its schedule. The first thing to do is figure out when you want dinner, then count back to when you'll have to start the
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Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Carrot Stuffing

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions Recipes
Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping are a holiday food that cause just about as much disagreement as fruitcake – maybe more, because lots of people actually like this sweet potato dish. Others . . . well, I remember reading a Thanksgiving cookbook whose author had meant to put in a recipe for them, but, as she wrote, just couldn't bring herself to do it.

Still, for many families, sweet potatoes
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Ask The Chef

Making the Best Mashed Potatoes

by Elizabeth Skipper November 19th, 2014 | Ask the Chef
We keep skim milk at home, so whenever I make mashed potatoes I use that. However, I was wondering if whole milk or cream might make them better. Or would cream be too rich? I also use butter. I want to make the tastiest mashed potatoes possible; any help is appreciated.

Good mashed potatoes rely on more than simply the kind of liquid used, although, yes, I do think  whole milk vs. skim milk will improve them. (I remember my dad marveling that when they removed the cream – the good stuff – from the milk, they raised the price.
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Best BnB Bites

Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with Vinaigrette

by BnB Finder November 18th, 2014 | Best BnB Bites


With watermelon going out of the season, this is a great time to take advantage of a great salad before saying goodbye to the tastes of summer. It will be a real treat in the fall with the burst of flavors from the watermelon, feta cheese, and a vinaigrette that includes currant jelly make this the perfect side dish for any meat entrée. It can also be enjoyed for lunch or alone as a light dinner. Enjoy this dish now, courtesy of the Camellia Inn Bed & Breakfast located in Healdsburg, California, which located near the popular California wine
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Homemade Rice Pilaf- An Indulgent Side

by TT November 17th, 2014 | Recipes, Side Dishes
Recipes A former relative of mine used to bring this rice dish to family gatherings.  My children adored it.  When I asked for the recipe, I understood why this dish was popular- butter and salt.  For a weeknight dinner, it's a bit indulgent for my tastes.  For my children, well, they'd be glad if I made it every week. 

Cooked to a consistency more similar to risotto, it is quite a comforting dish. A little bit of bite to the rice, unctuousness from the butter, and nice flavoring from the bouillon, it usually receives praise when served.  Plus, the ingredients required
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