Handheld Apple-Cranberry Pies

Handheld Apple & Cranberry PiesYou ever eat something so good that you start cussing? Because that's exactly what happened after my sweety and I savored every buttery, flaky bite of these delicious and adorable little pies. We stared each other down and shook our heads in decadent disgust as we devoured every bite -- cussing each other out in the most romantic way possible. The sheer frustration that possessed us both let me know that this is one of those treats I'd have to make quite often, just to keep balance in our home.

12 Amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

12turkeyrecipesYou're probably bored to death with bland, dried out turkey -- right? Well, you should be -- it's an abomination. No one deserves flavorless, dried out turkey. Please, people! Don't do it to your family. Our loved ones deserve better. I'm here to save the day by providing you with 12 great turkey recipes that help take a typical bland bird and turn it into the star of the dinner table -- the way it should be. These recipes help broaden your culinary mental capacity by introducing the often disrespected bird, and packing them with extra bold flavors. Some traditional, some totally out of the box -- all delicious.

Cranberry-Orange Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Cranberry-Orange Cornbread Stuffing with SausageListen, I love stuffing. I. Love. Stuffing. Nothing beats homemade stuffing. I knew that once I became an adult I'd have to make it from scratch like all of the lovely women in my family. You can seriously take your recipe variations to the moon, the possibilities of flavor are endless. That's because I truly believe everything tastes tastes with bread. Seriously, it's the one part of the meal that always fits no matter what. They serve a variation of bread with practically every meal in every cuisine, so when you take that concept and run with it, you get delicious stuffing.

Lemon and Herb Roast Turkey Breast

Lemon and Herb Roast Turkey BreastIt's the most, wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeear! Turkey. Stuffing. Potatoes. Veggies. Gravy. Cranberries. Fresh sage. Family. OMG! Thanksgiving will always and forever be my Christmas. I love it, it's my favorite holiday of all time. Why? Because food, that's why lol. I love food. You do too, that's why you're here. Today's food lesson is all about turkey. As I've said in a previous post, I'm not cooking our actual Thanksgiving meal this year -- we're flying home to visit my parents. But I needed these flavors ASAP and I couldn't wait. The plus-side? I'm sharing these recipes with you.

Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas with Hamhocks

Southern Black-Eyed Peas with HamhocksMy boyfriend hates black-eyed peas. I don't blame him. Just about everywhere you go, you find the same gritty, muddy textured peas sitting in a thick, pasty gravy that ends up looking grey and unappealing. However, I love black-eyed peas -- I just don't love everybody's. Not too many people make this dish the proper way, and the end result is usually a mushy, mealy, disrespectful version of this southern classic. If you're tired of eating mealy, gritty black-eyed peas, grab my hand and let me take you on a journey.

Chinese BBQ Shrimp and Grits

chinesebbqshrimpngrits4My goodness. Just look at this. Makes absolutely no sense. I'm sure you're ready to kick your standard shrimp and grits recipe up a few notches, right? This isn't a bad way to start. This was really good, and if I recall, we immediately snuggled up afterward and took an epic nap. It was raining outside, so this was the perfect bowl of warmth and love, but with flair.