Presentation is Everything

Food doesn’t need to be expensive to look special. In fact, the way you present the simplest, cheapest eats can deliver a powerful punch.  This post was originally posted on June 26, 2009. The lessons still hold true. Years ago I worked in a catering kitchen, assembling deli and cheese trays, preparing cocktail sandwiches, and […]

What to Do with the Turkey Bones? Make Stock

What to Do with Turkey Bones? Make Stock

Making a homemade stock is one of the most economical things you can do. Essentially, you’re getting all the flavor you possibly can from something you might otherwise chuck. Stock is also one of the easiest culinary feats you can pull off. And yet, the resulting turkey or chicken stock adds rich flavor to soups, […]

Great Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Great Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes | Good Cheap Eats

The biggest meal of the year is just around the corner. I don’t know how it shakes down at your house, but with all the “once-a-year” kind of recipes that we serve on Thanksgiving, it can be a pretty big to do around here. And, while I’ve been trying to cut our sweets, you must […]

Turkey Pot Pie with Easy Biscuit Topping

Turkey Pot Pie with Easy Biscuit Topping | Good Cheap Eats

We’re creatures of habit around here. When I find a recipe that all my people enjoy, I don’t typically veer from it. But over the last year or so, I’ve been experimenting with different methods and recipes looking for new and different ways to prepare our favorites. We are pot pie kind of people around […]

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Good Cheap Eats

I didn’t enjoy pumpkin pie as a child. I have no idea why. When my mother-in-law made this streusel-topped pumpkin pie, I fell in love. I didn’t think anything else could take its place. Until now. The kids were a little skeptical when I said that I was making a pumpkin cheesecake. They love pumpkin […]

Tasty Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey may be the professed star of the Thanksgiving meal, but honestly? I’m partial to the side dishes. I think I could probably just make a meal of the side dishes themselves. They are particularly good for breakfast the next day. Yes, really. My family has their set favorites when it comes to side dishes. […]

Mushroom and Onion Gravy Recipe

Mushroom-Onion Gravy

I was raised to think that making homemade gravy was difficult. It wasn’t some plot by my mother to get me to like canned gravy. But, it really was a fearful thing for many of the women in my extended family. What if there were lumps?! That would be the kiss of death, particularly at […]

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with plate

I have always loved cranberry sauce. But, my preferred cranberry sauce comes in round slices with ridges. Oh yes, yes, it does. My whole family prefers the jellied cranberry sauce that comes in a can. I didn’t think that we could ever change that. In fact one year, we did an experiment with Gramma’s Homemade […]

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Olive Oil and Garlic

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  When I was growing up, Thanksgiving suppers were pretty much the same every year. The meal included the following: Roast Turkey Canned Gravy Smashed Potatoes (I never knew whipped potatoes; ours always had lumps; I thought that was normal) Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing Escalloped Corn Cold Dilled Green Beans Baked Beans Dinner Rolls Pretzel Berry […]

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Turkey Dinner

If you don’t want the hassle of cooking a whole turkey, opt for a smaller portion by roasting a turkey breast half instead. It used to be that every year I would buy a whole frozen turkey, let it take up valuable refrigerator space for the week before Thanksgiving, and then frustrate myself to no […]