Thanksgiving Is All About The Side Dishes!

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away!

If you don’t quite have your recipes laid out, here are some delicious side dish recipes.

Roasted Cipollini Onions With Sherry Caramel: Now, this recipe sounds fancy, but it’s not all that complicated. “This recipe for glazed onions uses a quirky sherry-vinegar caramel that has myriad applications,” says Leather Storrs, chef-owner of Noble Rot restaurant. “It holds well in a squirt bottle at room temperature and is excellent for basting meat while roasting, or to pretty up a plated composed salad.

Apple Almond Quinoa: The salad is the perfect side dish for a turkey, with the nutty flavor of the quinoa playing with the almonds and offset by the sweet tang of dried cranberries and apple. If you like, you can add browned sausage to this salad with the onions, craisins and apple to make more of a meal. When I do that, I always serve the quinoa with a spinach-garlic salad to green up the plate. This serves two as a light meal if you add roughly 3 ounces of diced sausage.

Double-Stuffed Potatoes: This is mashed potatoes taken to a whole new level. Your family and guests will be impressed and satisfied!

5 Delicious Recipes For This Fall

Another great reason to stay with us (in a vacation rental) is that you have a full kitchen!  No more crusty, half-warmed hotel buffets.  With fall just a few weeks away, be sure to hit the supermarket before settling in for the weekend. Hy-Vee and Paul’s Supermarket are both great places to get the groceries to make these delicious fall recipes!

  • Hot Apple Cider: Nothing says falls like Hot Apple Cider! Add a little rum for that extra kick!
  • Pumpkin Pie French Toast: This french toast of course includes some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices in the batter to give it the pumpkin pie flavours.
  • Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese: A fall twist on traditional mac ‘n cheese.
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits: Sweet potatoes add a little natural sugar to biscuit dough. These are great right out of the oven, split in two, and stuffed with Virginia ham for a scrumptious sandwich.
  • Pumpkin Parfait: This parfait is a super easy, super yummy treat…perfect for breakfast, a mid day snack, or dessert! It tastes rich and creamy while at the same time remaining light and healthy.

Back to School: Easy School Lunches

For all the moms out there — I know the mixed feelings of having your kids go back to school.

Although peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a kid favorite, mix it up this fall with these easy, yet delicious school lunches.  They will add some variety for your kids and are super easy to make.

What do you usually pack in your kid’s lunchbox?

7 Ways to Make Your Kids’ School Lunches Less Boring – Patch.com

30 Ideas for School Lunches – Good Housekeeping

Cheap, Easy School Lunches – Rachael Ray

21 Back to School Lunches Kids Will Love – Real Simple

Cool Lunch Boxes for Back to School – Huffington Post

Do you have a favorite Apple Cider recipe?

As we get closer to fall, there’s nothing better than a warm, spiced drink while visiting the lake.

Since our properties offer full kitchens, you can make some hot apple cider for those long chats by the camp fire.

Do you have a favorite recipe? If so, post the ingredients in the comments!

Here’s a recipe from Emeril Lagasse — Hot Apple Cider with Rum

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • Cinnamon sticks, garnish

Directions

Stud the apple with the cloves. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Discard the apple. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.