12 Show-Stopping Thanksgiving Sides

12-Easy-and-Impressive-Thanksgiving-side-dishesT-1 WEEK UNTIL THANKSGIVING, PEOPLE. Let’s get down to business. If you’re on bird duty this year, Godspeed. You should probably review this post on turkey roasting tips to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. In case you were wondering, I’m dry-brining this year, and I’m pretty ecstatic about it. I tried to share my brining excitement with my roommate last night, but he kept saying, “I don’t understand what you’re talking about,” followed by, “I’m sure you’ll do great!” (No turkey for Logan.) Anyhoo, today I want to discuss the most important part of the T-Day feast—Let’s here it for the sides!! (Please read that statement to the tune of “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.”) Below, you’ll find a list of my favorite fall side dishes, all of which would be excellent additions to your...
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Farro with Chipotle Glazed Squash, Kale and Toasted Pepitas

farro-with-chipotle-glazed-acorn-squash-kale-pepitas-fetaI like to think I’m a neighborly person. Although I’m not on a first name basis with any of my neighbors, I do open doors for them, hold the elevator so they don’t get trapped in the basement when they toss their trash (one of my greatest fears), and faux smile when their dogs try to lick me (why?!). Plus, my daily domestic pursuits make the hallways smell good, and I always keep my Ludacris Pandora at a reasonable volume. So neighborly! As I spend most weekdays alone in my apartment, I sometimes I think it would be fun to have neighbor friends. Based on the sounds of people walking around, playing music, practicing opera singing, etc. during the day, I know there are other cool (?) peeps working/hanging out, and it would be pretty convenient if we could have lunch dates....
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Sour Cream Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin-Sour-Cream-MuffinsI rarely get crushes these days. Between my roommate, Taylor Kitsch and Beyoncé, my heart’s dance card is pretty full, and I can’t really afford to take anyone else on. That said, I occasionally meet someone that, for lack of a better phrase, "lights my fire," and I crush hard. Anna Watson Carl is one of those people. I first met Anna a couple months ago at Dana’s potluck. After discovering her blog The Yellow Table while furiously Googling everyone at said dinner party, I was immediately smitten. If you’re not familiar with Anna’s story, she decided to self-publish her own cookbook in a single year and document the entire process on her blog (I’m talking 100 insanely detailed posts, people). The project was completely funded by a Kickstarter campaign that Anna promoted through an incredible cross-country Read More >>

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan and Sage

Hasselback-Sweet-Potatoes-with-Sage-and-Parmesan-4So it’s officially Thanksgiving mania on the internet. Can we all agree that it's simultaneously glorious and overwhelming? As I’ve mentioned many times before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (closely followed by my birthday, Christmas and Cinco de Mayo). And given my domestic skills, I’m sure you’re imagining my T-Day table as a fabulous smorgasbord of creative sides served alongside a trendy spatchcocked turkey. Thank you!! You’re wrong. My family’s Thanksgiving dinner is basic/non-negotiable, and I would most likely be shunned for suggesting anything outside our traditional fare: roast turkey with mashed potatoes, sweet potato purée with marshmallows, sautéed green beans, stuffing (one with sausage and apples, one without), gravy, cranberry sauce, and pie. I feel no need to rock the boat, as I practically fetishize this epic menu, and I'm very much looking forward to eating it in two short...
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Kabocha Squash Quinoa Bake with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Kabocha-Squash-Quinoa-Bake-with-Brussels-Sprouts-and-PancettaMy roommate and I slept in a queen bed for the first two years of our romantic cohabitation. This wasn’t ideal given Logan’s snoring habits and our weight differential, as sleeping that close to someone significantly heavier meant that I was always resting at a 30-degree angle, and if he got up suddenly, I would immediately roll into a dude-shaped mattress indentation. However, the queen bed was all I knew at that time, so I didn't give it too much thought. When we finally moved apartments a year ago, Logan and I upgraded to a memory foam king bed, and my world was turned upside down. The bed was a gift from the heavens, and I was ecstatic. I no longer had to brace my body on an incline! I could stretch out and roll around as much as...
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Açaí Power Parfait

Vegan-Acai-Parfaits-with-fruit-granola-and-hemp-seedsI spent the past weekend in San Francisco, and it was glorious. I crushed a couple very slow walks hikes, basked in the perfect California weather, mainlined frozen mimosas, and got in some serious QT with my favorite people. I was the happiest. Then I took the red-eye home, and now all I feel is pain. I’m the worst at red-eyes. Some people get on the plane, promptly pass out, wake up upon landing, and then go about their days. They may be a little more tired/spacey than usual, but they're otherwise unharmed. Not this kid. My red-eye experience generally goes like this: Get on plane and fidget in seat until take-off. Creepily watch other people fall asleep. Try to sleep. Panic about not sleeping. Try harder to sleep. Panic harder. Pass out in 20-40 minutes bursts, regularly waking myself up when...
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Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and Blackberries

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-and-blackberriesHappy Halloween, friends! It’s been a long week, and I’m actually en route to San Francisco right now (WHOOP), so I thought I’d keep things simple today and share some fancy booze and a few of my favorite internet thangs. Casual Friday, if you will. First, I'd like to introduce you to Autumn Sangria. A badass blend of sliced apples, juicy blackberries, tart pomegranate seeds, red wine and Calvados, this is pretty much the perfect fruity fall cocktail. As you can see, it’s a total looker, and I’m thrilled to inform you that there’s no added sugar (just a drizzle of honey for subtle sweetness), which means your hangover will most likely be semi-manageable. Hallelujah. If you're in need of a last minute signature cocktail for your Halloween party/couch menu this evening, this is it, folks. The whole blood red thing is thematically...
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Bulgogi Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw, Fried Eggs and Creamy-Spicy Sauce

korean-bulgogi-sandwiches-with-creamy-spicy-sauce-slawAs some of you may know, Monday was my roommate’s birthday. After last year’s blowout, we decided to keep things relatively low-key and host a “small” fiesta at our apartment on Saturday afternoon. Thirty of Logan’s nearest and dearest showed up to watch football, inhale buffalo chicken fingies, and generally get weird with the birthday boy, who was in excellent form. It was a very festive celebration. On his actual birthday, Logan and I went out to a fancy dinner, and then I unveiled the first of his presents. Not gonna lie, I was pretty stressed about what to get the Dude this year. There are several things he needs, like a good pair of dress shoes and a couple grown-up belts, but I didn’t want to get him a “practical present,” lest he use that as an...
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Dark Chocolate Bark with Apricots and Candied Pepitas

vegan-dark-chocolate-bark-with-apricots-candied-pepitas-2In my youth, I looked forward to Halloween with the type of extreme excitement most people reserve for Christmas, puppies, or the birth of their first child. Costumes were planned months in advance (as I’ve mentioned before, I was once Sweetheart Barbie in the box), trick-or-treating routes were painstakingly mapped, and I even practiced Jack-O-Lantern carving skills on oranges. In August. My parents were very proud. I remained a Halloween enthusiast through college, which wasn’t surprising given my well-documented affinity for the 3 C’s: cocktails, costumes, and candy. In fact, doing keg stands as a slutty Ninja Turtle and then eating my weight in candy corn was an eagerly anticipated annual event. Given my lifelong love affair with the holiday, I was somewhat confused when I found myself straight-up dreading Halloween this year. At first I couldn’t put my finger on...
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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

slow-cooker-apple-pie-oatmeal-vegan-gluten-freeTo say that I’m “not a morning person” would be a gross understatement. In fact, I actually terrify myself in the early hours of the am. It’s not so much the way I look (although that also upsets me), it’s more that my brain only functions at approximately 2% of its genius(?) potential for the first half hour that I’m awake. As you can imagine, this has many unfortunate consequences. Let's discuss, shall we? I’m roused each weekday at 7am by the excruciating sound of my iPhone alarm. I then burrito myself in the covers (my roommate has already left for work) and press snooze somewhere between two and eleven times. When I feel sufficiently guilty about the snoozing, I crawl out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. It is not uncommon to stub multiple toes or knock...
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