thursday things – the 2014 thanksgiving special!

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Take a walk down memory lane with 20 years of Thanksgiving food trends.

Did you know that you could celebrate a fast food Thanksgiving (think “semi-homemade” – Sandra would be proud)… sadly that stuffing actually sounds really freaking good.

Meanwhile Food52 comes to the aid of your gluten-free guests.

King Arthur Flour answers the age-old question about what makes the best pie crust: Butter or Shortening? (Hint: IT’S BUTTER!)

New York Times has Thanksgiving across the states – what is your states dish? Arizona’s is apparently cranberry sauce with chiles.

And The Kitchn showed us how to make our entire Thanksgiving meal in the slow cooker. Of course, then you would need like six slow cookers, but who’s counting?

This Philly delicatessen has turkey-shaped mozzarella.

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And Salt & Straw has released a turkey flavored ice cream… that supposedly is actually pretty good.

Make your life easier on Turkey Day and cut down on those tears by nuking those onions before you chop them.

And DON’T BASTE THAT TURKEY because if Alton Brown doesn’t do it then neither should you.

If you still need to stock up on Thanksgiving gear, check out last year’s Thanksgiving Survival Kit with all the gear you need to get you through the holiday unscathed.

If you are heading out to the grocery store, Serious Eats will hook you up with a a printable list of your Thanksgiving pantry essentials.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

The turkey is sacred territory to pretty much everyone out there, so I won’t touch that one with a ten foot pole. I will, however, give you some side dish ideas! This year hubby’s dad is making the turkey, so side dishes are all we need to worry about anyway!

Last year I made this sweet potato casserole recipe from Some Kitchen Stories and it was delicious.

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This classic sage and sausage stuffing from Serious Eats is sure to please your Turkey Day guests.

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Though Thanksgiving isn’t generally a time for experiments, I’d definitely give these slow cooker mashed potatoes from Gimme Some Oven a whirl

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Of course it’s always good to have a nice, light salad on hand, but you don’t want it to be boring. That’s where A Periodic Table’s Asian Pear & Fennel Salad comes into play.

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And let’s diverge from that murky green bean casserole and enjoy some of Pink Parsley’s crispy green bean fries instead.

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I’m obligated to make this praline pumpkin cake every year or else Mr. Eats will kill me… in fact it may have been in the fine print of our marriage contract. “Must make pumpkin cake at least once a year”..  If you want to go the more traditional route, try the creamiest pumpkin pie in the world.

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And don’t forget to make miniature versions of everything to serve to your hamster.

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thursday things – the chestnut praline latte and other things

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THE CHESTNUT PRALINE LATTE HAS ARRIVED. I tried it this morning just for you all… and the verdict? Actually pretty good. I’ve never had a chestnut but I assume that is what they taste like. It was nutty with a slight hint of cinnamon and all in all, I would say it was pretty good. I would definitely order it again.

In other news… 

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be 2 years old, this Instagram account will remind you.

And if you thought plant-sitting was a boring job, you have clearly been doing it wrong.

If you had a bad day yesterday, remember it could always be worse

Just seeing this picture of a life-sized Katniss cake makes me tired. You don’t even get to eat it! WHAT’S THE POINT?

Not a baker? No problem. Bon Appetit has you covered with storebought pies you don’t have to be ashamed to take to your gathering.

For some reason, Pepsi thinks that Dorito-flavored soda is necessary.

For a much more obvious reasons, Oreo churros are (going to be) a thing.

Phoenix has some serious brag-worthy restaurants and I have only been to two of them… Clearly I need to work on that.

Hosting Thanksgiving at your place? Just taking along a side or dessert? This Thanksgiving Food Planning Calculator will help you figure out how much you need to make!

Oh, and Mr. Eats sent me this today because “It reminded him of me”… Thanks, Mr. Eats.

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scottsdale farmers market

It’s my favorite time of year here in Phoenix – FARMER’S MARKET SEASON! I mean, we have farmers markets during the rest of the year but it’s so unbearably hot out that they are only open from like 7:00 am to 11:00 am and even then you’re roasting in the heat for any amount of time you spend there… This weekend, though, we actually spent some time in the 70s (degrees, that is) and were able to sneak out to my favorite local farmer’s market.

Mr. Eats won second place in Movita’s pumpkin carving contest! He has gone up a few points in my book. Almost every judge, though loving his pumpkin, mentioned that they didn’t know “what an Oogie Boogie” was, so let take a moment to educate everyone…

Oogie Boogie is a ‘villain’ in The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the movie, Jack Skellington (whom Mr. Eats carved into his pumpkin last year, coincidentally enough) from Halloween Town captures Santa Claus in a misguided attempt to take over Christmas. I’m pretty sure it’s probably streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime so give it a watch in your downtime. :)

You can catch out Oogie’s sweet dance moves in the video below.

Starbucks is releasing a new drink this holiday season – set to make its nationwide debut November 12th.

Chef Daniel Patterson shows us how to cook in our sleep.

Texas BBQ has finally made it to Paris, France.

This lady decided to take the frugal route to the paleo diet… by eating dog food. (That’s commitment.)

And Jimmy Kimmel’s annual birth control video… I mean, Halloween candy trick video…

If you’re still drowning in Halloween candy – here is the cure to your woes.

Otherwise, apparently you can sell your Halloween candy to your dentist.

I need this cracker plate. I think it would be an excellent blog prop, don’t you agree?

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Carl’s Jr. has taken their sexy cheeseburger ads to a whole new level.

Shannon knocked it out of the park on her Feast feature this month. I want every single item in that spread. Thank god I don’t have the paper version or it would be covered in drool…

And @kawanabesatou is creating internet magic by tweeting pictures of hamsters in every day situations

… like serving sushi

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… or tending bar

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And… Since I didn’t get to it last week…

The best things I ate in October

Enchiladas (and salsa, and cheese dip, and everything else) from this tiny Mexican restaurant located in a strip mall in the middle of nowhere in Braselton, Georgia… I was extremely surprised since I was at least 60% sure it was going to be horrible and 30% prepared for extreme gastrointestinal distress… neither of which proved to be true.

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Dominique Ansel’s banana bread… recreated in my own kitchen.

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The goma ramen from Posh Scottsdale‘s ramen night (every Tuesday, folks!)

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Carne asada tacos from America’s Taco Shop, which has several locations around Phoenix (one of which, I recently discovered, was actually not far from my house!).

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thursday things – halloween 2014

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Today’s Thursday Things is dedicated to Halloween. Everyone’s favorite holiday.

Here’s what the internet has for us…

18 pictures that demonstrate how terrifying Halloween was back in the day…

These bat cupcake toppers from Oh Happy Day

5 easy ways to package Halloween candy.

Chipotle has upped the price from “free” to $3 for its costumed-up Halloween patrons

In case you don’t have a costume yet, try out one of these Frozen costumes.

This one is not necessarily Halloween-related but still kinda gross and creepy…

If you are entering Movita’s carve-off, here are 5 ways to extend the life of your jack-o-lantern.

Or, if carving isn’t your thing, try out these DIY pumpkin decorations.

Meanwhile in Halloween Recipe Land…

Candy Corn Upside-Down Cake from yours truly

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Spider Krispy Treats from Cookies & Cups

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Bloody Caramel Apples from FoodieCrush

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Warm Vanilla Cider from Some Kitchen Stories

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 Seven Layer Bar Crunch from A Periodic Table

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Graveyard Dip from The Law Student’s Wife

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Nutella Cream Filled Skeleton Snack Cakes from Gringalicious

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Monster S’mores from Say Yes

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pusheen fall

I know that I’ve been drowning you in pumpkin, but I promise I didn’t intend for October to end up that way. If I had, I would have come up with some horrible tagline like PUMPKINTOBER or PUMPKINOCALYPSE or PUMPKINSTOCK2014… You know, something super clever. Because I’m so clever.

I promise you (especially you, Movita) that my next recipe will not have pumpkin. Not even a little bit. Not at all.

After that, though, all bets are off!

Meanwhile…

We celebrated Columbus Day here in America (Why? Nobody knows).

The deadline is fast approaching, so I hope you’ve at least come up with a plan for Movita’s pumpkin carve-off.

Taco Bell is releasing sriracha things. SRIRACHA. AT TACO BELL. Of course nobody here eats that junk anyway, right?

Bon Appetit gave us a list of essentials that actually kinda makes sense. It does not have 17 kinds of flours. In fact, it doesn’t even have any flour at all.

HuffPo gave us the low-down (or is it down-low? the 411? What are all the kids saying these days?) about all of the milks.

And Food52 is saving my tupperware from the trashcan (and thereby saving the environment). Go you, Food52! (hehe, it rhymes)

Pharrell committed crimes against humanity.

Martha Stewart still hates Gwenyth Paltrow.

Apparently edible cookie dough is a thing. (Wait, so all that cookie dough I’ve been eating WASN’T edible?)

Baked released their newest cookbook: Baked Occasions.

Serious Eats taught us how to turn our pasta into ramen.

And BuzzFeed shared the “American” section of grocery stores…

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I know I should be appalled but honestly all I can think is, “Who under the age of 90 is eating Cream of Wheat?”

It reminded me of the wonderful video of Australians trying American snacks. Spoiler alert: it went way better than the video of Americans testing Australian snacks.

And here’s your daily dose of cuteness.