Thanksgiving Dishes


Cranberry Chutney {The Reluctant Hippie}As we fly through the month of November, I wanted to put together a list of recipes that might be useful to you as you plan your Thanksgiving gatherings. Continue reading


Light Friday: Just say “No” to Black Friday


I hate Black Friday. I could say that it’s because Black Friday is the embodiment of all that is wrong with society today. Or because big corporations are evil. Or because we shouldn’t go straight from counting our blessings on Thanksgiving to chasing luxuries the following day. But honestly? I just find Black Friday exhausting. Continue reading

Caramelized Onion Dip

This is a real-ingredient version of one of the guilty pleasures of my youth – french onion dip.

Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. A packet of dehydrated onion soup mix in a container of sour cream. A bowl of ridged potato chips. A neglected plate of carrot and celery sticks nearby. A little bit of family drama unfolding in the next room. This dip was as much a part of family parties as a crock pot full of meatballs and tiny hot dogs.  Continue reading

Christmas Party Games: Name That Tune

In the late eighties, my mom’s side of the family did a Progressive Christmas Eve party. Each of the families who lived in the immediate area hosted one course and one activity, so we did appetizers at one house, soup at another, dinner at another, etc., ending at my grandparents’ house for dessert and presents. It was one of my favorite Christmases of all time. I can’t tell you exactly what we did at each house, but I remember having tons of fun.

The pictures will back me up on this.  Continue reading

4 Alternatives to Traditional Gift-Giving

On principle, I refuse to get sucked into the Christmas mindset before Thanksgiving. However, I will let my mind wander to the winter holidays this week so that I can develop a game plan for the gratitude and food euphoria that come with family Thanksgiving celebrations. This is the perfect opportunity to short-circuit the impending retail frenzy. Continue reading