Welcome to Vegan January! Here is a list of our favorite plant-based recipes to restore the body and help recalibrate our cravings after the holidays. Whether you are looking for vegan breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, soups or treats -we have you cov…
Welcome to Vegan January! Here is a list of our favorite plant-based recipes to restore the body and help recalibrate our cravings after the holidays. Whether you are looking for vegan breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, soups or treats -we have you covered. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Life starts from here. ~Japanese proverb~...
These Thanksgiving appetizers are ideal for grazing before the main meal! Choose from baked brie, cranberry salsa, and more.
Want some finger foods for munching on before the big meal? Try these Thanksgiving appetizers! There’s nothing more fun than anticipating the deliciousness that will ensue at the table. So here are some fall appetizer recipes to get the party started! There’s everything from tried and true favorites like bake brie to more unique ideas like pumpkin hummus and cranberry salsa. Either way: they’re built around the featured flavors of the season. Ready to get started?
And now…our top Thanksgiving appetizers to start the party!
At the top of our easy Thanksgiving appetizers…Baked Brie! There could not be an easier appetizer recipe. Here’s what you need to know about making a melty, delicious pile of brie. The great part? The toppings are versatile depending on your preferences, and you can make a beautiful platter with little effort. Try honey, cranberry sauce, apricot jam, or pomegranate seeds.
Step it up: Make a platter with sliced pears and apples, grapes, crackers, nuts, and more!
Looking for a great healthy Thanksgiving appetizer recipe for entertaining? Try these simple stuffed mushrooms! These little bites have everything going on: they’re savory, meaty, and herby, with a tender exterior and a crunch in each bite. Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy: no need to sauté filling ingredients. Chop them up, fill, and bake!
Who doesn't love a great spinach artichoke dip? This tangy, creamy dip recipe is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). Serve with pita chips or crostini.
For a stunning Thanksgiving appetizer, try this red wine caramelized onion dip! It’s rich and creamy, with a deep earthy flavor from the wine–and paired with potato chips it’s absolutely heavenly. To offset the richness, make a platter with colorful vegetables of all kinds: plus tangy artichoke hearts and olives.
Ready for the best, coziest Thanksgiving appetizer to hit your table? Try this easy Pumpkin Dip! It tastes like everything you love about the season: pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. And it takes only 5 minutes to stir together. Serve with apple slices as a healthy appetizer idea.
Here’s a quick bread that’s begging to be part of your Thanksgiving appetizer spread: this Sweet Potato Bread! This alterative to pumpkin bread is even more fun than the classic, we think. Why? It’s incredibly moist and sweetly spiced, with cinnamon and a beautiful nuance from the sweet potato. This recipe makes a tall, fluffy loaf that looks impressive. (You can also whip it up as sweet potato muffins.)
Got 5 minutes? Then you can whip up this stunningly simple appetizer: Whipped Ricotta! The pairing of fluffy, savory cheese and gooey golden honey will have everyone licking their plates. It’s creamy, salty sweet perfection scooped up with some warm bread. It’s the ideal starter to get any meal rolling: and it couldn’t be easier to whip up.
This dish will make an olive lover out of anyone. Using the correct type of olives here results in smooth, rich flavor: not briny or overly salty. The garlic, lemon and herbs make a symphony of flavor! Every time we make these and set them out on the table, people go crazy for them.
These easy deviled eggs are totally classic and taste amazing. They’ve got a twist: Greek yogurt in the filling along with the mayo. Along with both yellow and Dijon mustard, it adds the perfect flavoring to these eggs without being overly rich! Garnish with dried dill or smoked paprika, or a mix of the two to make it festive.
This cranberry salsa is a fun Thanksgiving appetizer that's all about the flavors of the season! Use fresh or frozen cranberries here, then whiz them up with jalapeño, lime and honey. Serve with pita chips or crusty bread!
A good pinwheels recipe is classic in an appetizer spread! This recipe is full of Italian-style flavors: mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a blend of spices. They're easy to make ahead and look absolutely stunning on a platter.
This Thanksgiving appetizer idea could not be easier: honestly, it’s more an idea than a recipe. Bake up some homemade crostini, top with goat cheese and honey, and you’ve got the most delicious sweet and savory taste treat. The flavor of soft goat cheese is so perfect in itself that you don’t need any other seasoning.
What’s more classic than shrimp cocktail? This 1960’s appetizer might seem a little retro, but it’s a timeless recipe that truly never goes out of style! Why buy one of those sub-par trays from the grocery store when you can make an incredible version of shrimp cocktail at home? Homemade is always the best (in our opinion), and this recipe really shines.
Last up in our Thanksgiving appetizers: stuffed dates! These beauties are incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. There’s the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates. Pair that with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. Or, stuff them with almond butter and top with chunky sea salt.
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Honey or cranberry, cherry or apricot jam or preserves
Chopped pistachios, walnuts or pecans
Flaky sea salt (optional)
For the platter: crackers, crostini, baguette slices, sliced apples or pears, grapes, nuts, jam, etc.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the brie in a baking dish or on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until soft and warm: it’s done when you touch the center with your finger and it feels very liquid inside.
Top with honey or jam, crushed pistachios, and a bit of flaky sea salt. Surround with crackers or crostini, grapes, apple, pear, etc.
These Thanksgiving desserts are the most luscious, sumptuous treats for your table! Pick from ideas like pies, brownies, cheesecake and more.
Hunting for a stunning Thanksgiving dessert for your celebration? The holiday is the best time for pulling out all the stops with fall flavors to impress your guests. Here we’ve put together our top 15 fabulous Thanksgiving desserts that will wow everyone! Along with a few of our favorite recipes from this website, we’re featuring selections from two top baking experts: Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes and Tessa Arias of Handle the Heat. We know you’ll be blown away by the flavors of their no-fail baked recipes. Ready to get started?
Let's start with a unique and irresistible Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Imagine, bread cubes baked in a pumpkin-spiced custard until puffed and golden. Drizzle it with a golden bourbon butter sauce and wowza! It's a little bit of heaven. It's a great Thanksgiving alternative to pumpkin pie.
Here’s a Thanksgiving dessert that we like even better than pie: Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s beautifully thick and moist, scented with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The best part? A layer of tangy, fluffy cream cheese frosting is its ideal flavor match. It’s so classic and irresistible, you’ll want to make it for every gathering.
These mini pies are more than just the novelty factor: though of course, everything is more fun mini-sized! These pies are half the serving of a normal piece of pumpkin pie, and they’re incredibly tasty. Each bite has the perfect ratio of silky smooth filling to flaky pie crust.
Who says Thanksgiving desserts are only pie? This apple crisp recipe with oats is absolutely classic, harnessing all that cozy nostalgia of the season. The crumble topping is the ideal texture: crispy but not crunchy, and buttery but not soft. The fruit layer below will make your heart sing: cinnamon, a hint of ginger and allspice set off just a hint of orange and lemon zest. Take it over the top with a drizzle of Bourbon Sauce.
What makes this pie incredible? Let us count the ways. It tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie, but it's 100% plant based! This vegan pie is so full of pumpkin-spiced sweetness and the flavors are so delightfully elevated, no one will guess it’s not the real thing. A true stunner!
If there's one person we trust when it comes to Southern pies, it's Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes! This Southern Pecan Pie is the best classic pie that you can prepare in no time. Nutty, sweet and oh so buttery, this pie was made to be on your holiday table especially when served a la mode with vanilla ice cream! via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a Thanksgiving dessert that's stunning and decadent: Butter Pecan Cheesecake! It gives you the best of both worlds: pie and cheese cake. A crisp graham cracker crust, salted brown sugar cheesecake filling and buttery pecan pie topping come together to create a unique, flavorful holiday dessert! via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a fancy Thanksgiving dessert: a French-style upside-down apple tart! This Apple Tarte Tatin starts with slow-cooked, caramelized apples that are baked into a flaky, buttery puff then topped with a spiced Baileys Apple Pie liqueur cream sauce. It's all about fall flavors! via Grandbaby Cakes
Another fantastic Southern pie from Jocelyn Delk Adams is this Sweet Potato Pie! It's filled with tender baked sweet potato, indulgent fall flavors and baking spices in a flaky buttery crust. This is the South’s favorite pie, and it is absolutely perfect as a Thanksgiving dessert. Via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a unique Thanksgiving dessert featuring the flavors of the season: Brown Butter Maple Blondies! These blondies are easy-to-make and absurdly tasty. They're buttery, chewy, packed with maple flavor and made with pantry-staple ingredients. via Grandbaby Cakes
Creamy, smooth, rich, and indulgent Pumpkin Cheesecake made with a Biscoff cookie crust and topped with homemade whipped cream. This sumptuous dessert by baking expert Tessa Arias is fall perfection and perfect for any Thanksgiving dessert table! via Handle the Heat
Caramel pecan blondies for Thanksgiving dessert? Yes please! They feature an ultra chewy brown sugar blondie with a hidden layer of rich, gooey, and crunchy caramel pecan filling. Truly stunning! via Handle the Heat
Here's a unique Thanksgiving dessert that will have everyone coming back for more: Sweet Potato Pie Bars! They've got a thick graham cracker crust, fresh sweet potato filling, and tall toasted homemade marshmallow topping. via Handle the Heat
Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Try an Apple Galette! The rustic crust makes it much easier than apple pie. It's got a buttery, flaky tart crust and a perfectly spiced apple filling. via Handle the Heat
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter or grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Cut or tear the bread into 1-inch squares. Place it in the baking dish and place in the preheating oven for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly dried but not browned.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour it over the bread in the pan and mix it with your hands until fully coated.
Place in the oven and bake 45 to 50 minutes, until it is puffed and golden and you can no longer see standing liquid. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Make ahead: This recipe is great made ahead: make it day of and allow to sit at room temperature until serving, or make it 1 day in advance and refrigerate. If you’d like, you can crisp up the top by reheating it in a 350 degree oven until warmed.
Make the bourbon sauce: Prior to serving, in a small saucepan, whisk together all bourbon sauce ingredients over medium heat. When it starts to simmer, simmer lightly bubbling for 3 minutes, maintaining the heat at medium to medium low so that it doesn’t bubble heavily. Once it turns golden brown at about 3 minutes, taste and make sure the flavor is caramelly with a hint of bourbon (the bite of the bourbon should be cooked out). Remove from the heat and strain it into a pitcher. Makes ¾ cup; make up to 3 days in advance, refrigerate, and warm over medium heat before serving.
These Halloween cocktails deliver on flavor…and effects! Any party is better with spooky alcoholic drinks in hand.
What makes a next-level Halloween party? Halloween drinks! Themed cocktails make any party more fun, and these drinks are absolutely on brand: spooky and neon-colored. Some even bubble and smoke! Because we’re cocktail purists, we’ve added some of our favorite classic cocktails that fit the theme. Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, and Zombie are ideal 1920’s drinks that fit into ghoulish theme. Ready to get started?
Looking for an impressively spooky Halloween cocktail? Try the Witches Brew! Its neon green color might look menacing. But take a sip and it’s bright and sweet tart, with flavors of melon and citrus. Adding dry ice makes the brew bubble and boil, with a magic smoke that wisps into the air!
Ingredients: Midori melon liqueur, Cointreau, lemon juice
Another spooky Halloween drink: try the Vampire’s Kiss! This blood red drink is simply a berry-flavored vodka martini that’s masquerading as a sinister Halloween cocktail. Give it a sip and it’s sweet tart with a fruity berry finish. Dress it up with a red sugar rim and a chunk of dry ice: it bubbles and boils with a constant stream of smoke!
Here’s a spooky drink that’s over-the-top fun: Halloween Punch! This blood red cauldron magically bubbles and boils, releasing tendrils of smoke all over the room. If that’s not impressive, we’re not sure what is! On its own it’s a fruity Halloween punch for kids, but turn it into a Halloween alcoholic punch by adding aged rum.
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, apple juice or cider, ginger ale, aged rum (optional)
What's better for Halloween than a Pumpkin Martini? This drink is creamy and made with real pumpkin for the best natural flavor. Even better, coat the glass rim in crushed graham crackers and you get a hint of crunchy sweet in each sip! This is an ideal cocktail for impressing your friends at Halloween.
Looking for a Halloween cocktail that’s sippable and not too sweet? Try the Pumpkin Old Fashioned! This one is for bourbon-lovers: it’s a nuanced slow sipper with notes of vanilla, maple and spice. It’s barely sweet and bourbon-forward, ideal for sipping by the fireside or any fall occasion. While it’s bright orange, it tastes just like the Classic Old Fashioned you love…only cozier.
Ingredients: Bourbon, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
Here’s a classic cocktail that’s as unique as its name…the Corpse Reviver No 2! While this drink has nothing scary or ghoulish about it, it's perfect for Halloween: and it’s damn good. It’s a classic gin sour cocktail from the 1930's that’s tart and zingy from lemon juice and orange liqueur, with a hint of licorice on the finish. It’s truly a stunner.
Here's another classic cocktail that works as a Halloween drink, too: Death in the Afternoon! This iridescent green cocktail stars the combination of absinthe and sparkling wine, and the flavor is delightfully intriguing! It’s bubbly with a black licorice finish. Invented by writer Ernest Hemingway in the 1930's, it's the perfect Halloween cocktail.
Ingredients: absinthe, Champagne or Prosecco, simple syrup
Here’s a Halloween cocktail that’s completely over the top…but worth it if you’re an adventurous home bartender. Meet the Zombie! This classic cocktail packs a potent punch, with four types of rum, three fruit juices and two fruit syrups. It’s totally unnecessary…but then again, that makes it more festive! This cocktail was invented in the 1930’s and was one of the first of its kind...and the name makes it perfect for Halloween parties.
Ingredients: white rum, spiced rum, dark rum, 151 rum (optional), lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, orange bitters, grenadine
Here's another classic that's on theme as a Halloween cocktail: the good old Bloody Mary! This classic drink was invented in the 1920's, and the combination of vodka and tomato juice has become one of the most popular in the world. For Halloween, add some spooky garnishes (pickled onion eyeballs, anyone?).
"It was a dark and stormy night" is the opener to many spooky tales, so it's a great easy cocktail for Halloween! Each ingredient has lots of personality: the rich, earthy dark rum, with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Add to that spicy ginger beer, fruity and filled with effervescent bubbles, and tangy lime. Even better: you can mix it up right in the glass!
These Halloween cocktails deliver on flavor…and effects! Any party is better with spooky alcoholic drinks in hand.
1 ½ ounces* Midori
1 ½ ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
For the garnish: 1 small dry ice cube**, cocktail cherry
Make the drink: Add the Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice to a cocktail mixing glass (or cocktail shaker). Add 2 handfuls regular ice cubes and stir until cold. Strain the drink into a lowball glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.
Break the dry ice into 1-inch chunks (if using): Do this as close to the time you’ll be serving the drinks as possible, though you can buy the dry ice a few hours in advance. Start by dropping the plastic bag with the dry ice on the ground several times to allow it break into large chunks. Remember never to touch the dry ice with your bare hands! Put on goggles and gloves. Use a chisel to break the dry ice into smaller pieces using a screwdriver or ice pick. The ideal size is 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunks that are large enough to sink to the bottom of the drink, but small enough to disappear in a few minutes. Wrap the small chunks in a towel in a cooler until you’re ready to serve the drinks. Do not place the dry ice in the freezer.
Add the dry ice: Using tongs (do not touch the dry ice!), add a 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunk of dry ice to the glass, which will sink to the bottom and immediately make a smoking effect. The ice cube will disappear in about 5 minutes. Do not drink the dry ice! Wait until the cube disappears before enjoying your drink (or you can take sips with the dry ice in the bottom). Review the dry ice handling instructions above.
*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
**Dry ice is available at many grocery stores and comes in a large block. Buy it a few hours before you plan to serve the drinks (it does not store in the freezer). Read more about Dry Ice Safety here.
Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to try, from classic to frozen! Try all the fruity variations on this classic cocktail.
If there’s one great rum drink, it’s the daiquiri. This classic combination of lime, sweetener and white rum was born in Cuba in the 1800’s, and it’s just as popular today! While today’s daiquiri drinkers often assume a frozen puree, the classic version of this drink is shaken and strained, served straight up in a cocktail glass. Add ice and blend it together for endless variations of frozen daiquiris, which rose to popularity in the US in the 1990’s.
Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to enjoy rum paired with all sorts of fruity flavors! Try the Classic Daiquiri and Hemingway Daiquiri for historical classics. Then blend with ice and frozen fruit for strawberry, mango, pineapple and more.
The classic daiquiri recipe? It's 3 simple ingredients, shaken, strained and served straight up in a cocktail glass! This drink is thought to have been invented in the 1800's in Cuba, and is on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails.
The strawberry daiquiri is a frozen daiquiri: a daiquiri made with ice in a blender! Frozen daiquiris rose to mass popularity in the 1990's in restaurants and resorts: but they're a simple variation on the historic classic. Want a mocktail instead? Try the Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri.
Ingredients: Frozen strawberries, simple syrup, lime juice, white rum, ice
All hail the Frozen Daiquiri! Did you know how easy it is to whip up this frozen drink? All you need are a handful of ingredients to achieve massive flavor. This frozen spin on the Classic Daiquiri tastes intensely zesty from the lime and fruity from the rum. Take one sip, and it’s so much greater than the sum of its parts!
Ingredients: White rum, lime juice, simple syrup, ice
Need a tropical drink full of irresistible frosty flavor? Try this Banana Daiquiri recipe! This spin on the classic daiquiri is great for impressing guests because it’s just that irresistible! It’s got a pure banana flavor complimented by the zingy lime, vanilla and oak notes of aged rum, and a hint of orange liqueur on the finish.
Here’s a tart, complex and refreshing classic cocktail for the adventurous drinker: the Hemingway daiquiri! This spin on the Classic Daiquiri was invented in the 1920's in honor of the famous writer himself, Ernest Hemingway. It features sweet grapefruit to balance the acidity of the lime, and maraschino liqueur brings notes of sour cherry and almond.
Ingredients: White rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Maraschino liqueur
Here’s a delicious frozen cocktail that’s beyond simple: the Pineapple Daiquiri! There’s no need to buy a store-bought mix: just a few ingredients come together to make magic! The flavor of this one is fantastic: it’s fruity and intriguing, with a hint of lime and orange liqueur to accentuate the tropical pineapple.
Ingredients: Frozen pineapple, white rum, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lime juice, simple syrup, ice
Here’s a drink that’s light, refreshing, and bursting with juicy flavor: the Peach Daiquiri! This one is a spin on the Classic Daiquiri and it’s all about combining fruit with rum and lime. Each sip is a burst of cool, fruity flavor with a zing on the finish.
Ingredients: White rum, peach schnapps, lime juice, simple syrup, orange juice or peach slices
Last up in our daiquiri recipes: looking for a sunny spin on a tropical drink? Try the Mango Daiquiri! This spin on the classic daiquiri is frosty and refreshing, with an intoxicating sweet tart flavor. It’s a bit like mango smoothie meets mango margarita, with rum.
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