Thanksgiving is nearly upon us ... one of my favorite holidays, especially when I'm wearing stretchy pants. And this year that is not even debatable given my current belly situation. (Speaking of, I am currently testing out a few new pairs of maternity leggings and will report back on my findings!)
A few years ago I started being the one to make the cranberry sauce. There's no major secret to it -- I just follow the instructions on the back of the Ocean Spray bag, and then I add in a little juice from an orange and a few shakes of cinnamon. No need to mess up a good thing, right?
One recipe that I've mentioned a few times here on the blog is Paula Deen's green bean casserole. It is different from that goopy version you may wrinkle your nose at. It still does have a can of cream of mushroom in it, but it's much more fresh tasting than what Great Aunt Sally puts on the table in that old brown 1970s baking dish. I just thaw frozen whole green beans -- Trader Joe's and Aldi have my favorite inexpensive bags of these -- and it is just such a yummy, decadent, and easy version of this classic recipe. PS, this is Ian's "must have" Thanksgiving side dish!
Now when it comes to pies, I'm a pecan pie girl all the way. I don't turn up my nose at a nice pumpkin pie, but if given the choice, I'm going with pecan. And if you really know me, you know that if both are offered, I'll have a slice of each on my dessert plate.
We will be celebrating this year with my in-laws and I'm really looking forward to a beautiful time together. They just adore Camille (and part of the family lives in Ohio, so when they are around, they really eat her up!) and it's also awesome for me to kick back and relax for a change!
What are your plans for the holiday? And, more importantly, what's the one Thanksgiving side dish that is your must-have?