Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Polenta isn’t typically the first dish I think of for Thanksgiving dinner, but after tasting this baked polenta with the roasted butternut squash and smoked Gouda, I’ve changed my mind. This dish would make a delicious substitute for traditional stuffing and has a lovely rustic appearance. The combination of the roasted squash, smoked Gouda, and… 

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Roast Turkey in a Roaster Oven

Four-Day Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner, aka How to Keep the Crazy to a Minimum - Andrea Meyers

When it comes to big holiday feasts, one oven just isn’t enough, and I always find myself trying to sort out the intricate timing of turkey, stuffing, rolls, and any roasted or baked vegetables. I sit down with recipes and a schedule and plan it all out. If the turkey is done too early, it… 

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Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

We’re doing a special Thanksgiving edition of The Kids Cook Monday, because what better time to get the whole family in the kitchen than for one of the most festive meals of the year? There are several parts of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that the kids can help with, and one of our boys’ favorites… 

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Butternut Squash Pie

Butternut Squash Pie - Andrea Meyers

Turkey may be the main course for Thanksgiving dinner, but in our house the pies play the starring role. I have as much fun planning the pies as the rest of the meal and always have trouble narrowing down the list if we’re having a small gathering. More Thanksgiving Day visitors equals more pies! One… 

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Wegmeyer Farms: Autumn Pumpkins (Mini Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with Maple Glaze)

Andrea Meyers - Mini Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with Maple Glaze

Wegmeyer Farms is off the beaten path, you might say. The last bit of road that goes out to the farm is definitely country with gravel, dirt, an old single lane bridge, and a number of deep ruts. But it’s a beautiful ride and well worth the trip to see their gorgeous hillside pumpkin field… 

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Ticonderoga Farms: Autumn Pumpkins (Roasted Pumpkin Butter)

Andrea Meyers - Pumpkin Butter

Autumn at Ticonderoga Farms means pumpkins, hayrides, and plenty of outdoor fun in their huge play area. Their pumpkin patch is a short walk from the entrance or the hayride will take you right there, though I recommend the hayride, which takes you around the bamboo maze and part of the Christmas tree forest. It’s… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Life always seems to get a little crazy around this time of year. We get caught up in school events, hockey, work, finishing up the summer garden and prepping for winter, but no matter how busy we get, I always set aside time to make apple butter. Whether we use purchased apples or pick them… 

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