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Published: Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Start planning Thanksgiving with these tested recipes

  • Maple-orange cranberry sauce.

    Rose McAvoy

    Maple-orange cranberry sauce.

  • Crustless pumpkin pie.

    Rose McAvoy

    Crustless pumpkin pie.

  • Drop biscuits

    Rose McAvoy

    Drop biscuits

I'm calling it early this year. I have a baby who pretty much wants to be held and snuggled all the time. I am happy to oblige but I'm also pooped! I've got ideas for all new and exciting light takes on Thanksgiving foods bouncing all around in my head unfortunately, chances are good they won't appear here until next year. Them's the brakes baby (pun intended). BUT there is good news for you. While I cuddle on the couch watching reruns you can use these recipes as ground zero to start planning your Thanksgiving menu!

This collection of holiday meal sides desserts and seasonally flavored breakfast have all been taste tested and enthusiastically approved by my extended family at holiday meals over the past few years. Swap a few full fat favorites for these full flavor alternatives and you can skip the day after sweat suit and antacid combo (or at least the antacids, sweat suits are just cozy - like a hug).

Holiday Inspired Breakfasts

Sweet and Savory Sides

Don't Skip Dessert!

Story tags » CookingThanksgiving

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