Co-Chef At Thanksgiving? No Problem.

Co-chef at Thanksgiving this year?  No problem.  Amanda has some good ideas about how you can be a smashing success!

A year ago, this time, we were prepping for both Thanksgiving and a major family vacation. By major, I mean we were leaving for Paris and Madrid on Thanksgiving night (our flight took off around 10PM, so we woke up in Paris!). We were giddy with excitement, but as the regular hosts of Thanksgiving, still planned to cook. We did a much simpler meal than normal, but the extended family was still pleased.

This year, my mom will be working on the day of, so I’ve gladly accepted the role as my dad’s co-chef. With that comes, hours upon hours scouring the internet for some new, yet still simple recipes to try. Since I am going to be in the kitchen this year, I feel like I have some extra say in what we make...or don’t make. Here’s some recipes that I think are worthy of the time and effort.

Mashed Potato Gratin


Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Well, how about this tasty version with extra cheese and baked? Oh yes, I think so!

Butternut Squash with Sage


Usually, I would avoid butternut squash unless it was in the form of soup, but something about this recipe piqued my interest. Plus there are only four ingredients!

Maple Corn Bread


I’m a sucker for slathering corn bread with butter. But it never would have crossed my mind to add one of fall’s favorite flavors into the mix. I’m hoping that we’ll be giving this recipe a try!

Green Beans with Bacon


I’ve written before about how I’m not a veggie-eating girl, but add bacon to it, and I’m hopping on the bandwagon...the green beans with bacon wagon to be exact.

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars


I have a love/hate relationship with pumpkin pie. Sometimes the texture just doesn’t sit right with me, but I love the flavor. I think that these would be great to supplement the pumpkin flavor that I associate with Thanksgiving.

I don’t know about you, but these definitely look like they are worth breaking the mold and pitching to my dad to try! Will you be co-chef at your Thanksgiving dinner this year?

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