Spiced Cranberry Sangria

This was an easy and festive holiday cocktail that was quite popular with our Thanksgiving appetizers! One of my friends shared this recipe from PBS, of all places, and I’ll definitely look through their recipe archives after this! The recipe below is as is, but I doubled it for Turkey Day, and would do that again when making this for a crowd.

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Make-ahead Turkey Gravy

Soon after we moved to the farm, we changed to hosting an open house, buffet style Thanksgiving. We love entertaining, and is there a better holiday for cooking in bulk than turkey day? That said, I was suddenly struggling with the timing of everything, and began trying to figure out what I could make ahead of time. Gravy was one of the first things to get done before the big meal – and with this method, I had stock to use on Thanksgiving itself. I’ve made gravy this way ever since!

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Cranberry Baked Brie with Biscuits

I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for quite a while, and I finally decided to go ahead and try it for our Thanksgiving gathering this year. It is incredibly easy to make, looks beautiful on the table, and is absolutely delicious! I got the recipe from Delish, and made no changes other than to double the size of the brie wheel and thus the amount of biscuits.

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Apple Cider Brined Turkey

This is our go to brine for our turkey every year. It comes from a Cooking Light recipe in the mid-2000s and we love it. The measurements for the spices are just a guide – add more or less to taste. Just make sure you have a pot big enough for your turkey to brine overnight!

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Green Bean Casserole

I have a few Thanksgiving recipes that I haven’t ever gotten around to adding, and in the chance I lose them, I figured better to post them! As much as I love green beans, I cannot stand, “cream of xyz” soup in recipes. After mashing together a lot of different recipes, this one seems to do the trick, with a really nice, earthy flavor of mushrooms without the soup. With a caramelized onion topping tosses in breadcrumbs, is a nice take on an old favorite!

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