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My Go-To Thanksgiving Dishes

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner. For those of you who know me well, I’m a tried and true holiday girl and I love the cooking that goes along with it. Give me a holiday, a birthday or any special occasion and I’m ready to celebrate. Out of all the holidays throughout the year, Thanksgiving happens to be my very favorite food holiday. Southern favorites are always a highlight at our meal whether we’re spending Thanksgiving in Houston or here in LA. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite recipes below to share with you.


Serves 12 to 14
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
5 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix sugar, pecans and butter in small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Cook sweet potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 12 minutes. Drain. Let stand in colander 15 minutes. Purée sweet potatoes in processor.Beat eggs, syrup, vanilla, lemon juice and salt in large bowl. Mix in puréed sweet potatoes. Transfer sweet potato mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle pecan topping evenly over mixture.Bake until sweet potato mixture is set and topping bubbles, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes and serve.

Recipe from: Epicurious.com
Photo courtesy of: theodysseyonline.com

A traditional southern cornbread dressing flavored with onion, celery, and sage. Super moist and flavorful.

Serves 8
1 cup self-rising cornmeal, I use Martha White
1/2 cup self-rising flour, I use White Lily
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
3 medium onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 pieces toast, crumbled
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for cornbread. Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch cast iron pan or a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Before using, crumble into small pieces.
Heat butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add celery and onion and cook until soft.
Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper to onion mixture.
In a large bowl combine crumbled cornbread and toast.
Whisk together milk and eggs and add to bowl. Stir in 2 cups of chicken broth.
Stir in onion mixture. Mixture should be very moist. Add more broth if necessary.
Transfer to a greased baking dish. Cut butter into small slivers and scatter on top of dressing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until it turns light brown on top.

Note: The cornbread should be made a day or two in advance.

Recipe from: Christin Mahrlig
Photo courtesy of: thekitchn.com

Makes 1 loaf. Enjoy this popular southern recipe!

 3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
 3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda.
Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, ¼ cup of water and the spices together in a separate bowl. Then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts or chocolate chips.
Pour into a well-buttered 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let it cool on a baking rack.
Can easily double the recipe.

** And by the way, I got the Pumpkin Bread recipe above from my college roommate and dear friend Judy Finer Freedman. It’s one of her family’s favorites and now one of our favorites. Thanks so much for sharing Judy!!

Photo courtesy of: Sugarmamacooks.com


xx Barbara


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  • Reply Linleigh Richker November 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks Barbara! Every year my southern mother in law wants to make the cornbread dressing and she has been doing it from memory. Each year, one or two ingredients get forgotten or miscalculated. Now I have a recipe to use as a guide towards getting it right! Also, I am going to make the pumpkin bread right now!!! Thanks. Judy.

    • Reply Barbara November 12, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I bet Claire’s dressing is amazing too! Add a little giblet gravy and voila’! Enjoy the recipes and wishing you guys a wonderful holiday!

  • Reply tanya strum November 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Yumm! Thanks Barb! Happy turkey day to you, Bruce and the family….

  • Reply Edie November 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I’m hungry just reading these. Thanks Barb!

    • Reply Barbara November 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

      They truly are yum and I always love your feedback Edie!! xx

  • Reply Barbara Eskowitz November 11, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    You’re a sweetie Tanya! Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy Thanksgiving as well!!!
    Smooch! xx

  • Reply Judith Finer Freedman November 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Barbara, each of the Lemonade to Lace posts get more interesting for busy women on the go! Thank you for the pictures and easy directions! And the shout out was appreciated and I hope the pumpkin bread is shared and enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am thankful for Barbara creating Lemonade to Lace!
    Love you!

    • Reply Barbara November 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Your Pumpkin Bread recipe is the best so I had to put it out there and share it with others. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as well. Love you! xx

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