Stories by Alison Ladman

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Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Fuss-free party fare an easy fix

Fantasizing about throwing a big holiday bash but fearful you'll spend the whole party in the kitchen? We've assembled an easy mix-and-match approach to holiday entertaining.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Cherry lime brownies simply delicious

Swirl lime marmalade and cherry jam over a rich brownie base studded with chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Brussels sprouts to be thankful for

Skip the plain steamed vegetables this year and dress up those Brussels sprouts
By Alison Ladman

Leeks add nice touch to mashed potatoes

Melting --it's really braising -- leeks for mashed potatoes adds a delicious touch to the traditional side.
By Alison Ladman

Add savory touch to sweet potatoes

Swirl mashed sweet potatoes with Parmesan cheese and pureed cauliflower for a great new taste at the Thanksgiving table
By Alison Ladman

Embrace casserole-dish stuffing

Stop fussing over whether to prepare your Thanksgiving stuffing inside or alongside the turkey. Your life will be so much easier if you just embrace the wonder that is casserole dish stuffing.
By Alison Ladman

Beets put fresh spin on staple

We looked at ways to jazz up your basic roasted squash – by giving it both a partner and a dressing. Beets were the answer. 
By Alison Ladman

Change up the rolls at Thanksgiving

Dukkah monkey rolls will give you something a little different at Thanksgiving.
By Alison Ladman

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Flavor turkey with a brown sugar-apple cider brine

If you are going to go to the (admittedly little) trouble of brining your Thanksgiving turkey, be sure to set the bar higher than simply adding moisture.
By Alison Ladman

A classic stuffing combination - sausage and pecan

When it comes to Thanksgiving stuffing, it’s hard to get a more classic flavor combination than sausage and pecans. The result is a salty, nutty, sweet, crunchy and tender combination of flavors ...
By Alison Ladman

Classic meal needs a classic finish - pumpkin pie

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is only complete with the classic finish — an aromatic pumpkin pie rich with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and topped with pillowy soft mounds of whipped cream.
By Alison Ladman

A simple, but robust salad that stands out

To stand out in a Thanksgiving spread, a salad must be bold and flavorful. Yet it should not compete with the other flavors on the table.
By Alison Ladman

A fresh take on carrots for Thanksgiving - a tart

These simple, yet elegant individual tarts are at once surprisingly sweet and satisfyingly savory. It’s thanks to the wonderful interplay between the carrots and lemon juice, the thyme and sage.
By Alison Ladman

Ginger flan this is rich, creamy and worth the wait

A dessert this great is worth the wait. A rich, creamy custard with caramelized sugar is topped with sugared rolled oats and dried cranberries that take a long bath in apple brandy.
By Alison Ladman

Sometimes a simple veg dish is the most impressive

A recipe can impress with its flavors without requiring endless hours of prep. This simple dish of blanched asparagus and haricots verts is a great example.
By Alison Ladman

Cranberry-pancetta stuffing that's truly stovetop

And you thought there were only two ways to cook stuffing — roasted in the bird or baked in a casserole dish.
By Alison Ladman

Adding a serious DIY element to mashed potatoes

Want to truly elevate your mashed potatoes? Make them with your own butter and buttermilk.
By Alison Ladman

Turkey with tons of flavor, but not tons of labor

A porcini-soy turkey with shallot-truffle gravy.
By Alison Ladman

No roasted bird needed for this cornbread stuffing

We spooned a delicious savory cornbread stuffing into portobello mushroom caps. The result is as attractive as it is delicious.
By Alison Ladman

Slaw is fresh take on the Thanksgiving veg

A fresh approach to the fresh vegetable on our meat-free Thanksgiving table. Rather than a salad, we went with a slaw.
By Alison Ladman

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