Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut squash casserole with cranberries and pecan topping

Raise your hand if you need to take something to Thanksgiving Dinner at someone else’s house.

I’ve got the perfect recipe for you.  This one travels really well.  No risk of spilling it in your car.  Or very little risk, anyway.

It stays hot for a long time, which is important for buffet line items.  And I think you could even make it in the slow cooker.  If you want the pecan topping to crunch up, just pop the slow cooker under the broiler for a minute before serving.

Butternut Squash Casserole is similar to sweet potato casserole, but the flavor of the squash is a little different.  This one also has fresh cranberries studded through it.  They add a tart flavor to the rich sweetness of other ingredients.  The McCormick Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Vanilla really bring out the autumn flavors of this dish.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

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Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole

Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole served

You know how Thanksgiving is more about the sides than the turkey?  Well, this is one dish you are going to want as part of the feast.

Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole is similar to green bean casserole, only it has a creamy, homemade sauce.  And it’s chock full of sweet peas.  Specifically, Libby’s Sweet Peas. (Don’t miss the Cansgiving Sweepstakes below!)

I love simple, frugal recipes like this one.  It rings in at about .60 cents per serving.  It’s easy to put together and there’s a good chance you have all the ingredients in your pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole:

Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole ingredients

The steps are as easy as making white sauce with chicken broth as the base.  Sour cream gets stirred into the sauce, making it extra creamy.

Fold the sweet peas into the sauce.

Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole assemble

All of this deliciousness gets poured into a greased casserole dish.  Finally, sprinkle french fried onions on top.  They give great flavor to the peas and crunch to every bite.

Creamed Sweet Pea Casserole

Serves: 8 servings

  • 1½ Tbs. butter
  • 1½ Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅛ tsp. onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans Libby's Sweet Peas, drained
  • 2.8 oz french fried onions
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter.
  2. Stir in the flour to form a paste and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in the chicken broth, cooking over medium heat until the sauce comes to a boil and begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Fold in the peas.
  6. Pour into greased casserole dish.
  7. Top with french fried onions.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, till hot and bubbly.

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Disclosure: Libby’s has supplied me with product and compensated me for my time, however all opinions are my own.


Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with a Ribbon of Salted Caramel and Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with a ribbon of salted caramel and gingersnap crust


Pumpkin and vanilla ice cream come together in this easy dessert!

It’s no secret that I love ice cream.  So when I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Cake from Shutterbean, I wanted it.  She used pumpkin and vanilla ice creams to make a loaf shaped cake with gingersnap crumbs in between the layers. (I love the buttery way she treated the cookie crumbs!)  She also used pumpkin butter to up the flavor of the ice cream.

My first plan was to go with the Shutterbean recipe.  But I decided to go with a pie shape instead.  And I added salted caramel sauce  too.

This would make a great dessert for Thanksgiving.  Cold desserts don’t seem as heavy as other types of desserts for some reason.  Even when they are decadently sweet and rich, like this one.

The other beauty of this pie is that it can be made ahead of time.  That’s important, especially if you’re juggling a lot of other dishes for a big Thanksgiving dinner.  It also means that leftovers don’t need to go to waste, because it will last a long time in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:    [Read more…]

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

This is a guest post from Dawn Farias.  She is going to be sharing her favorite low carb dishes with us in a new monthly series.

Cranberry sauce is a staple around the holidays and is a snap to convert to a more low-carb version.  You simply find a recipe you like and substitute your artificial sweetener of choice.  The trick is not adding too much because doing so can make your final product fairly bitter.  But in the final analysis, I suppose it’s all a matter of ‘taste’.  (Yes, I went there!)

At any rate, here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

21 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey



Because Thanksgiving is later this week, I decided not to post a new Menu + Grocery List today.  Instead, we’re going to talk leftovers. I know the turkeys haven’t even been cooked yet, but it’s good to plan ahead.

All of the recipes listed here call for cooked chicken, but you can use cooked turkey instead.  If you have plenty of leftover turkey, portion it out in 2-3 cup quantities and freeze it for later.  Having a stock of pre-cooked poultry meat in the freezer is one of my favorite quick-dinner tricks.

On to the recipes.  They all have chicken in the name, but call it turkey whatever or fowl food (okay, maybe not that) and you’re good to go. [Read more…]

Apples and Cranberries Baked in a Pumpkin

I’m in love with this pumpkin recipe.  I dream about it.  I’ve even eaten it for breakfast.  Twice.

It tastes seriously wonderful.  Sweet, spiced apples and cranberries add so much flavor to the baked pumpkin.  On top of that, it looks impressive.  I’m not known for making beautiful food, so this is something to be proud of.

I am known for creating simple recipes and this does fall into that category.  It can be ready for the oven in less than 20 minutes and that includes about 13 minutes of trying to cut the top off the pumpkin. [Read more…]

Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner

I know we talked about Thanksgiving food last week, but I’ve got some more recipes to share in this coming week.

I’ll be participating in a Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner with some other food bloggers.  Each day one or two of us will post a new recipe on our blog and you’re all invited to join us!

You’re in for a real treat because there are some amazing bloggers participating in this progressive dinner and I can’t wait to see their recipes.

Here’s the schedule for the Virtual Progressive Dinner: [Read more…]

Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

Using a slow cooker can really simplify your Thanksgiving dinner (or any other meal, for that matter).  It allows you to prep a dish earlier in the day and it frees up the oven for other things.

Sweet potatoes and apples make a delicious side dish.  They cook wonderfully in the slow cooker, with a sweet, cinnamon spiced syrup.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Caramel Apple Pie

Thanksgiving means pie.  This apple pie fits right in with the required pumpkin and pecan pies.  Using brown sugar instead of white makes the filling rich, dark and caramely.

The recipe comes from a small cookbook my Aunt Gerry put together years ago.  I bet if she’d had computers and internet, she would have had a food blog! [Read more…]

Homemade Cornbread Dressing

Every family has their own version of the *right* dressing or stuffing or filling or whatever you may call it.  For me, it just isn’t Thanksgiving without this cornbread dressing.

It has to have homemade cornbread.  Not the sweet kind.  Good country cornbread baked in an iron skillet.  Bonus points if you use bacon fat to grease the skillet.  It has to have celery and onion, of course.  And it has to have plenty of ground sage.  Lots of sage.

My favorite part of making the dressing, is tasting it for proper seasoning.  Taste a little.  Add sage and salt.  Stir.  Taste.  Add broth and sage.  Stir. Taste again.  Perfect!

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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