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Happy National Stuffing Day! Some would say this is arguably the best part about Thanksgiving but if you aren’t a huge stuffing fan like myself, try out some of these other delicious Thanksgiving side dishes that’ll make everyone reaching for something other than the stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

quinoa

Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Tuna Casserole with Dill and Potato Chips

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole w/Brown Sugar Topping

Sweet-Potato-Casserole-Recipe

Turkey Day side Dish Recipe

Creamy Spinach and Potato Casserole

spinach

Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese

cheese

Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Sorry stuffing, it’s time to share the spotlight with some of these amazing side dishes. I hope you all have a wonderful and amazing Thanksgiving holiday.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving week is finally here! I’ve given you TONS of recipes and tips and tricks these past couple of weeks to make your Thanksgiving dinner a HUGE success. In this post I’m going to share with you some of my all-time favorite must have dishes to have on this special day.

Oyster Stuffing

oyster

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/oyster-stuffing-recipe.html

Baked Mac n’ Cheese

cheese

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/baked-macaroni-and-cheese.html

Collard Greens

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http://divascancook.com/soul-food-collard-greens-recipe-southern/

Mashed Potatoes

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/real-mashed-potatoes-recipe.html

And my #1 FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish!

Sweet Potato Pie

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/calleys-sweet-potato-pie-recipe.html

So that’s my list! But let’s not forget the most important part about Thanksgiving isn’t the food, but the people you get to share it with.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Friday! We are one week closer to my favorite holiday of the year. I know you may have read the title and gasped. But you read it right, I for one am not afraid to admit I find turkey kind of laame. Don’t get me wrong, it is delicious and definitely the first thing I associate with when I think of Thanksgiving, but there are SO many other delectable birds and meats out there that I thought it unfair if I didn’t give them the spotlight. So without further or due, here are big pieces of meat that you can make on Thanksgiving that’ll have people saying ” turkey who?”

Roast Duck with Plums

duck

http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/roast-duck-with-plums

Prime Rib

prime

http://neighborfoodblog.com/2015/12/garlic-rosemary-prime-rib-roast-with-horseradish-cream.html

Leg of Lamb

lamb

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/lamb-recipes/best-roast-leg-of-lamb/#bbrRewIp1TTvUrv2.97

Pork Loin with Persimmons and Mustard Greens

pork

http://www.marthastewart.com/925877/pork-persimmons-and-mustard-greens

Cornish Hens with Mushroom Stuffing

hens

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a1791/cornish-hen-rice-mushrooms-recipes/

Beer Braised Brisket

brisket

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/slow-cooker-beer-braised-brisket

And my personal favorite….

Honey-Glazed Ham

ham

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/14745/honey-glazed-ham/

I bet I have all of you trading your turkeys for one of these delicious alternatives!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Continuing our Thanksgiving theme, let’s give an ode to dessert. Everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner no doubt. I know we all look forward to that delicious pumpkin pie on this day but let’s let other pies be the star of the show as I show you some just as worth pie recipes to make this turkey day.

Cranberry-Lime Pie

lime

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cranberry-lime-pie

Peanut Butter Pie

peanut

http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/peanut-butter-pie/

Maple Sugar Pie

maple

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/margarets-maple-sugar-pie

Sweet Potato Pie

sweet-potato

http://joythebaker.com/2013/11/dads-sweet-potato-pie/

Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

apple

http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/caramel-apple-crumble-pie

Cookie Butter Pie

cookie

http://cookiesandcups.com/cookie-butter-pie-cream-cheese-crust/

Pecan Pie Brownies

brownie

Pecan Pie Brownies

Watch out pumpkin pie, looks like you may have some competition for favorite dessert!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you haven’t already put together your shopping list, you still have some time. For those that are ahead of the curve like me, here are some Thanksgiving tips to use in the kitchen to save you time and from stressing out. More time to spend with your friends and family!

1. Add a little baking powder to make mashed potatoes extra fluffy. Apparently, the heat of the potatoes triggers the baking powder’s chemical reaction, and the CO2 produced = extra fluffiness.

2. Freeze rolled out pie crusts so they hold their shape in the oven. Just pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes to an hour while you make the fillings, then bake (without thawing). This will let the gluten in the dough relax and minimize shrinkage during baking. This is mainly for single-crust pies like pumpkin and pecan; if you’re adding a top crust you don’t really have to worry as much about shrinking.

3. Slow roast your turkey overnight. Sounds crazy, but apparently it works like a charm: Put the turkey in before you go to bed, turn the heat down, and wake up to a falling-off-the-bone tender bird in the morning.

4. Prep all your vegetables a day before. You can peel potatoes and carrots, chop onions, wash greens, and do basically any other prep steps called for in the recipes you’re using. This is the kind of thing that will feel crazy when you’re doing it, and AWESOME the next day when you realize you already did.

5. Use rice to weigh down pie crust for pre-baking. Most people don’t have actual pie weights around, and using beans is annoying because they get funny-smelling after baking, and you probably won’t want to eat them.

I hope you found these tips helpful and they help make your Thanksgiving day/dinner that much easier and more enjoyable.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Keywords: “Austin homes for sale, Austin real estate luxury homes for sale, houses, properties, luxury, Austin real estates condos, town homes, townhomes, mansions, luxury fine houses estates, search listings, Austin MLS, executive, custom, new homes builders, residential, commercial, single family, buyers, agents, listing agents, relocation, relocating, Austin MLS, REIA, neighborhoods, subdivisions, FSBO, Travis County, homes for sale, housing, real estate, realty, realtor, rental, houses, apartments, condos, lofts, commercial, property, residential, renovated, remodeled, historic, homes by owner, buy, owner, for sale by owners, Remax, Remax of Texas”

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Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it. If you’re like me, you’ve already started making your dinner and guest list and going over it three times to make sure you didn’t miss a single ingredient. While it’s still early in your holiday planning, here are some tips and tricks I’ve gathered from the Food Networks pros that could help you along the way.

1. Start three days out with dicing your onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Keep them in Ziploc bags or in airtight containers.
Michael Cimarusti

2. Make sure all of your side dishes are done the day before. That’s right, you heard it here: They all should be done. There is no reason to stress about cooking the big meal!

3. Serve a couple of dishes that you know how to make just in case you mess up the turkey. That way, you will still have something good to eat.

4. Create a delicious holiday aroma throughout your home by boiling a pot of water with orange rind, cinnamon sticks, whole star anise and whole cloves.

5. Leave your turkey unwrapped in the refrigerator overnight. You’ll get crispier skin when you cook it.

6. Before you roast the bird, insert several metal skewers into each turkey thigh. They direct heat to the thighs more efficiently, and the faster the thighs cook, the less time the breast has to dry out.

7. Don’t try to serve the entire meal hot—you usually don’t have enough space or burners. One of my favorite dishes is a green bean salad that you can serve at room temperature.

8. Serve your meal in cast-iron pans or other heavy-duty cookware to keep things warm.

9. Plan ahead for leftovers. Organize and empty your refrigerator before the feast starts so you don’t waste time trying to jam in the leftovers after the meal. Have plenty of tin foil and containers on hand.

10. Make a list of all the things for which you are thankful.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. I hope you found these tips helpful and they help to make your Thanksgiving a fantastic one.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Good morning on this gloomy Monday here in Austin, TX. I know it’s hard for most people to get out of bed when the weather is telling us to stay in and watch movies all day. But to everyone that made it this morning, I commend you! And to reward you I’m showing you 4 delicious vegetable side dishes that are easy to make. Save it for your dinner this week, or find a way to jazz it up for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks.

Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

broccoli

INGREDIENTS

Serves 6-8

3 broccoli crowns
1 ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC.
2. Spread out broccoli in a medium rectangular casserole dish.
3. Stir the garlic and cheddar cheese together in a separate bowl.
4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over broccoli and add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Honey-Roasted Carrots

carrot

INGREDIENTS

Serves 3-4

6 whole carrots, peeled with tips and ends cut off
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF/200ºC.
2. In a medium casserole dish, evenly coat the carrots in butter, honey, salt, and pepper. (TIP! If you prefer bite-sized pieces, simply chop the carrots instead of leaving them whole.)
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

Parmesan Corn

corn

INGREDIENTS

Serves 6

6 half ears corn, cleaned and husked
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup grated parmesan
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC.
2. Coat each ear of corn in a thin layer of butter and roll in the parmesan cheese to coat.
3. Place corn in a square baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

Bacon & Onion Roasted Potatoes

bacon

INGREDIENTS

Serves 6-8

½ pound bacon, chopped
6 medium red potatoes, chopped into ¾-inch pieces
1 2-ounce packet onion soup mix
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 425ºF/220ºC.
2. Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet until crisp.
3. Remove any excess grease, if preferred.
4. Add the potatoes and onion soup mix to the skillet and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake in the skillet for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
6. Enjoy!

Hopefully these delicious recipes help make your Monday a little more bearable. Not to worry, only 4 more days until Friday!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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