Thanksgiving Roundup

Turkey is the standard fare for a Thanksgiving table, but whether you roast a bird or make something else the center of your meal, you’re going to need side dishes and desserts. Some people stick with the traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. But if you’re looking for some new ideas, check out this roundup.

side collage

1. Thyme and Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

2. Pesto Parmesan Green Beans

3. Carrot Mash Bake

4. Cheesy Pesto Bread

5. Parmesan Tomatoes

6. Spinach Squares

7. Oven Roasted Okra

8. Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

9. Bacon & Spinach Mashed Potatoes

10. Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

11. Caprese Quinoa Bake

dessert collage

1. Mini Apple Tart Tatins

2. Pots au Chocolate de Creme

3. Caramel Praline Tart

4. Butternut Cake

5. Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Pie Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

6. Apple Butterscotch Cake

7. Carrot Cake Roulade

8. Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding

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December Menu ~ 2012

Whoa! December is here already??

Because it’s party time I’ve got lots of new things I will be making this month. I can’t wait to share them with you 🙂



Creamy Ramen with Chicken & Spinach

Dijon-Dill Salmon

Ultimate Baked Beans

Beans & Rice

Chicken with Basil-Artichoke Sauce

Garlic Tilapia

Crab Cakes with Aioli

Whiskey Chicken with Penne

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Beef Stroganoff

 Black Bean Soup

Meatball Minestrone

Chicken Enchilada Chili

Baby Portabella & Wild Rice Soup

Fish Tacos

Chicken Mushroom Sage Casserole

Crock Pot Meatloaf and Gravy

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken and Rice

Chicken Pasta Milano

Apps, Sides & Salads

Carrot Mash Bake

Chopped Salad

Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Sweet Potato Latkes

Artichoke-Spinach Dip


Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Green Beans

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Bacon & Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Breakfast & Other Sweets

Quiche Lorraine

Blueberry Breakfast Bake

Breakfast Pizza

Apple Pancake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Triple Chocolate Leche Trifle

Peppermint Cupcakes

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Pudding

Marshmallow Pops

Ginger-Molasses Cookies

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

August Menu ~ 2012

This month’s menu is short one week as I am taking my annual trip to Chicago during the first week of August, but as you can see there is still plenty of recipes to choose from. Below are the meals I have planned for this month with the same idea that Mondays are meatless, Tuesdays are poultry, Wednesdays are Mexican, Thursdays are fish and dessert nights, Fridays are pizza nights, Saturdays are pasta, and Sundays are traditional. There are several new recipes I am working on so links will be added as the meals are posted. I hope you find something you like.

Main Dishes

Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Adobo Cream

Black Bean Burrito Bake

Crispy Fish

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Dijon Dill Chicken

Pesto Chicken Mostaccioli

Pasta-Lentil Soup

Herb-Butter and Goat Cheese Linguine

Tuscan Herb Salmon

Chicken Schnitzel and Spaetzle

Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Tilapia Newburg

Cheesy Rice and Beans

Meatball Sub Cups

Easy Mexican Casserole

Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Chicken, Black Bean, and Goat Cheese Quesadila

Beef Stroganoff

Fish Tacos

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Zucchini Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Pilaf

Sides and Other

Parmesan Corn Pudding

Butternut Squash Bake

Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Orzo

Granola To-Go Bars

Crepe Quiche Cups


Caramel Praline Tart

Chocolate Eclair Crepe Cake

Baklava Tartlets

The Rating System

If you prepare a meal that no one liked you probably wouldn’t make it again, right? There are standby meals that we’ve made for years that are good, and at one time were favorites, but that gets stagnant fast when relying on the same things over and over again. One of the great things about blogging food is that I get to see what other bloggers are making for dinner, and then try them as well. My boys have really enjoyed eating all these new meals instead of the same old things. We decided we’d have a rating system to determine which of these were “keepers” and which were not. I’ve included any desserts and side dishes as well. Based on a 5 star rating, this is what we’ve come up with.

  Apple Butterscotch Cake

Baked Chimichangas

Butternut Squash Bake

Chicken Alfredo Sandwich

Chicken Rio

Chicken Spaetzle Soup

Chicken Tarragon

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Chocolate Mousse Napoleons 

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Luscious Tropical Dream Cake

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball Sub Cups

Potato Skins


Rice & Beans

Romano-Crusted Chicken

Turkey Salisbury

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ribbon Dessert

Cilantro Lime Rice

Corn & Wild Rice Muffins

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Manicotti

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Saucy Joes

Tuscan Herb Salmon

Beef and Cheese Foldovers (These really were good but not fantabulous.)

Lemon Chicken Piccata (Too much lemon but lots of potential.)

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