Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Herbed Sour Cream

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Herbed Sour Cream - Andrea Meyers

Mashed potatoes are a staple on many Thanksgiving menus, and honestly it’s hard to top a helping of mashed potatoes and gravy to go with turkey. I like mine with roasted garlic, and I also like mashed sweet potatoes with a variety of flavors mixed in.  When it comes to Thanksgiving, I treasure our family… 

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Cauliflower Casserole with Italian Sauce

Cauliflower Casserole Recipe with Italian Sauce - Andrea Meyers

My guys will eat almost anything as long as it has a good sauce to go with it, and this cauliflower casserole I adapted from Cooking Light is more proof of that. They don’t like cauliflower, and though they’ve done pretty well with occasional roasted cauliflower, they don’t ask for this white vegetable. But Italian… 

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Almonds

Browned Butter Gnocchi Recipe with Broccoli and Almonds - Andrea Meyers

Michael and I have long had a fondness for gnocchi. I love the little dumplings and how good they taste with our homemade pesto and other Italian sauces. This recipe that I adapted from Cooking Light adds some broccoli and warm nutty flavor with browned butter. My boys are all broccoli addicts—not a bad thing—so… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.

Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt

Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt - Andrea Meyers

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite convenience foods, and judging by grocery store space in the yogurt aisle, it’s a favorite for many people. I remember when just a few years ago it was difficult to find Greek yogurt in our local grocery stores, but now the yogurt aisle is full of it in… 

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Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices - Andrea Meyers

I planted our first carrots two years ago. We have raised beds over heavy clay soil, so I opted for shorter Danvers half longs. Crop failure the first year, then finally last year we got some. Monkey Boy was so excited when he pulled them and realized that carrots really do grow underground. So our… 

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