Get your Thanksgiving requests in!

I am totally astonished that it’s already November. Where did fall go? Heck, where did the SUMMER go?! Well, whether we are ready or not, Thanksgiving will be here in a few short weeks. Ahh, the day of eating copious amounts of food, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and football, and then getting up super early the next day to start Christmas shopping. Brace yourself – the holidays are just about here!

With Thanksgiving first up, I want to share recipes with you that YOU are interested in. There are a number that I’m already planning, but for the remainder of the month, it’s readers’ choice. YOU tell ME what you need recipes for. And I will do my best to help out the majority with their turkey day menu. Sound good? Just leave me a comment letting me know what recipe(s) you’d like to see featured here leading up to Thanksgiving.

And while we’re at it, do you have any Thanksgiving holiday traditions? I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. Ivy on November 3, 2010 at 12:58 am

    pumpkin pie? :]

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  2. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on November 3, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Would love to see a pumpkin cheesecake recipe!

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    • TheBaker on November 3rd, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Perhaps you missed Michelle’s post just prior to this one – a beautiful (and tasty, I’m sure!) Pumpkin Cheesecake. Just what you ordered!

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  3. Pegzz on November 3, 2010 at 2:02 am

    The thing that always stumps me every year is a side dish both kids and adults will like. Any help with this would definitely be appreciated!

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  4. cardamom hills on November 3, 2010 at 2:10 am

    This might just surprise you a bit but should tell you how much I love your blog! You have just been conferred with an award :) please check my blog post for rules.
    Thanks
    Cardamom hills

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  5. Siunna on November 3, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Hi Michelle! Just wanted to tell you I made your Cowboy Cookies this afternoon and they turned out fantastic! Thanks again for the recipe~~

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Yay! You are welcome!

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  6. Sarah on November 3, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I would like a good “dressing” or “stuffing” recipe. Also other fun side dishes. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  7. Carole Stoltenberg on November 3, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Cranberry recipes, especially cookie, bread or muffin recipes!

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    • Michelle on November 3rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      Yes, I agree…cranberry recipes would be great.
      Thank you for the pumpkin cheesecake recipe, every year I make pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, I will be trying your recipe this year! :P

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      • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

        I’m honored! Enjoy the cheesecake!

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  8. Katrina on November 3, 2010 at 6:16 am

    A recipe for the best “outside of the turkey” stuffing!

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  9. Lori on November 3, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Michelle,
    Anything you come up with will be amazing for sure…but if you have any ideas for turkey leftovers that would be great.
    Lori

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  10. Holly on November 3, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I second the idea about turkey leftovers, and I would also like to see a rice-based stuffing recipe. My mom made one years ago, and she doesn’t remember what she did, but it was delicious. I suspect that my mom used a rice-a-roni base or something boxed like that, but you can surely do far better than that!

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  11. Katie Rose on November 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

    We always have the same standard Thanksgiving fare for dinner. Since he was a little kid, my husbands family has always made teddy bear shaped pancakes to decorate with M&Ms and sprinkles. We participated the whole time we were dating and the early years of of marriage but since we are hosting for my family’s dinner this year we won’t be able to go. Since my son is old enough to participate now we will just have to do it at home instead.

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  12. Holly on November 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    This isn’t particularly traditional Thanksgiving fare, but I would love to see a talented food blogger take on the inside-out german chocolate cake from epicurious.com.

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  13. Kristen on November 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Pillsbury’s flaky crescent rolls are a staple at my holiday table, but I would love to find a way to bake something as good (or better) from scratch … can you help?

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  14. Andrea on November 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

    How about an interesting salad with salad greens/lettuce? Something using “fall” ingredients…it may be the only healthy thing on our plates! As for tradition – the day after Thanksgiving, if there is turkey left over, we make Hot Brown sandwiches. Great sandwich and a great way to use up turkey.

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  15. Rachel on November 3, 2010 at 8:54 am

    How about a whole Thanksgiving menu?

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  16. Patty on November 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I would like to know how to make rolls without kneeding by hand. I have NO counter space, and a small table. I do have a stand mixer.

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  17. brainella on November 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Stuffing definitely. I’ve never put it INSIDE the turkey (where it really does taste best) — what is your opinion about that??

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      My family never did the stuffing inside the turkey either, so I’m all about the “outside the turkey” stuffing!

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  18. Laurelin on November 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Cranberry fruit-type salad (not the kind with lettuce though).

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  19. Katie on November 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I would love a good main-dish Thanksgiving idea for a vegetarian dating a non-vegetarian. Please, no fake meat involved!

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  20. Katelyn on November 3, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I would like a fun, out of the box, side dish to take to my future in-laws in order to wow them! Nothing too hard, though! Thanks.

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  21. Alicia on November 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I make tons of food! Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. Our family tradition is to eat too much and then take a long walk around our neighborhood together calling our relatives that couldn’t celebrate with us.

    I need a great appetizer recipe!

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  22. Katie on November 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

    A good sweet potato recipe! I do pretty traditional stuff but the old sweet potato with marshmallow or just sliced and baked with butter and brown sugar don’t excite me anymore.

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  23. Leslie on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I would love to see a good tutorial on how to make real homemade fudge without any sweetened condensed milk or corn syrup.

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  24. Sarah on November 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I have a set of adorable individual trifle dishes that I’m eager to use, and I would LOVE to see your ideas for some kind of decadent pumpkin (or other seasonally appropriate) trifle that I could serve.

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  25. Irene on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I would love recipes for appetizers particularly ones that can be premade and served more or less room temperature. We will be traveling a couple of hours to my husband’s family and would like to bring something to share, but the oven is in high demand once we get there. Thanks for your help!

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  26. Kat on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Okay, we’re doing a very non-traditional Thanksgiving by putting on a seafood spread…so maybe something from the sea?
    BTW, the newsletter link to the pan equivalencies chart saved my butt last night! I’m converting a triple layer cake recipe into bite-sized mini cakes for a chocolate contest. So…how many 10″ round cake pans equal a half sheet?
    BINGO! Thanks!!!!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      Yay so glad that site helped you out! I love it!

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  27. Maria on November 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I love all of your recipes, so I know whatever you make will be fabulous!

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  28. allison on November 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I absolutely adore your blog. You are so talented and creative. You make food that I want to eat and want to try. Thanks you!

    My thanksgiving menu is missing an easy appetizer or festive cocktail that won’t fill you up before the big event. I love yams but, don’t want them dripping in sugar. Is there a way to make the yam flavor more prominent then the sugar? Some type of pudding side … corn or sweet potato?

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  29. Tab - Just Weighing In on November 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Since it’s the first time that I’m making Thanksgiving dinner, I would love some tips on how to cook a great turkey!

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  30. SP on November 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Brussels Sprouts! They’re my favorite Thanksgiving side dish. I try to find a new and creative recipe every year.

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  31. Gayle on November 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I would love to have something new and savory that features beets or radishes.

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    • Gayle on November 3rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      And I forgot to add, like Kat’s our dinner consists of assorted seafood/coast dishes, and we let it be a day that we don’t turn away from food singly because it’s too expensive (In Illinois fresh seafood can get pretty expensive) or too hard to cook right .

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  32. suz on November 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I would love your caramel sauce recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake.

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  33. michele on November 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I would like to see stuffing from scratch. Thank you!!

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  34. Lauren at KeepItSweet on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    i’d also love ideas for turkey leftovers!

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  35. Lindsay on November 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    A cranberry dessert would be awesome!

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  36. Melissa C. on November 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Three things that have already been mentioned get my vote(s):

    1. How to cook a perfect turkey!
    2. Mmm! Sweet Potatoes!
    3. Brussell Sprouts are also my favorite veggie… Love ‘em with lots of salty butter :-d

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  37. Clohee on November 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hi! How about marinating and then deep frying a turkey?

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Clohee, I had the pleasure of eating a deep fried turkey last year (pure heaven) but I didn’t prepare it so I would be way out of my league providing instruction. Maybe someone else here has though?!

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  38. Kristina on November 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I would also like some good vegeatrian options – I am sick of just having the baked vegetables!

    Also any dessert/baked product with pumpkin or cinnamon!

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  39. Morgan on November 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to see a timeline guide. When you’re cooking for 10 and only have 1 oven it can be SO hard trying to figure out when to start baking what so that things don’t overlap and you don’t have 40 dirty dishes all of the sudden. What can be prepped before hand?

    ps LOVE your blog!

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  40. Jesse on November 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    This year, I am bringing a green salad. I need an innovative way to make a green salad.

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  41. foodlvr on November 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    How about an interesting pumpkin pie? I have friends coming over, aside from my MIL (who has stomach problems and is picky and just wants the usual). My friend asked me to bake a pumpkin pie, aside from all the other stuff I am making. I intend to anyway. I made a new one from King Arthur with an oatmeal crust a couple of weeks ago and found the crust to be too thick but the filling was wonderful. Very plain but really good. My friends are adventurous, like I am so I want to make something interesting. Any suggestions would be great.

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  42. Beth on November 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I would love to have a great stuffing side dish recipe. Wish I could find one my husband would eat, but he’s so picky I think that’s a lost cause! lol

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  43. Liz N on November 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Oops! Posted my comment in the wrong place. I’d love to see you post recipes on ‘recycling’ Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, starches, veggies, dessert).

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  44. Christy on November 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I am looking for a great Brussels Sprout recipe.

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  45. Delishhh on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    We do lots of ribs for Thanksgiving, we cook them for 8 hour slow in the oven, people like ribs better than Turkey. We end up doing a turkey too but the ribs go first. So i am curious what other do instead of turkey.

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  46. sagitare on November 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’m echoing Melissa C.’s first suggestion for how to cook a turkey. I find the idea of roasting a chicken or turkey sadly intimidating, so a post on how to go from the bird you’ve bought to the bird you’ve roasted to perfection would be terrific!

    I made the pumpkin cream cheese muffins with streusel last week, and they were a big hit at work. My boss has already put in a request for more!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      So glad you loved the muffins! And woo for impressing the boss!

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  47. Holly H. on November 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Looking for a fabulous pumpkin flan recipe and a new stuffing recipe! Help :)

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  48. Cris H. on November 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Something with figs. Fresh or dried. I’ve always wanted to bake and cook with figs, but I’ve attempted to for fear it won’t taste great….But if you’ve made it and tested I’m sure to be a believer!

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  49. foodlvr on November 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Cooking the bird is the easy part for me. I brine it OR salt rub it and refrigerate for 24 hours. Set the oven to 375. Wash the brine or salt off. Dry. Rub with a turkey rub that i got from Bon Appetit in 1994. I think the recipe for the bird with the rub is still on Epicurious’ website. Anyway, brush with butter or olive oil. Place on roasting rack, drizzle in 1 container of broth in the bottom, and bake for 1/2 hour. Lower heat to 325. Cover and cook for another 2-1/2 to 3 hours (for a 12 pound bird).

    Perfect every single time. Sometimes I also use the Cajun Injector and inject the bird all over with the Garlic Butter marinade. I do that after I rub the bird.

    Also Alton Brown’s Good Eats Turkey recipe works really well too.

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  50. Shannon on November 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’d love to see some sides or desserts that travel well. We’re driving six hours to my in-law’s and I’d love to bring something delicious!

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