Traditional Thanksgiving recipes with a Zestuous twist.

Best Ever Sweet Potato Rolls

By |2017-01-28T10:50:48-08:00October 25, 2015|

One recipe for the best ever sweet potato rolls with 3 step-by-step instructions to shape them for sandwich buns, party rolls or sweet cinnamon treats.

Charred Brussels Sprouts with Almonds

By |2017-01-28T10:50:59-08:00April 29, 2015|

Charred vegetables have been trending at Las Vegas restaurants, and I’m in love with them. I never thought I’d be satisfied with a bowl of cauliflower or Brussels sprouts as [...]

Bacon Bourbon Smoked Turkey

By |2017-01-28T10:48:18-08:00November 22, 2014|

Year after year, I stuff my turkey with the standard onions, celery, lemons and sage. But this year, I went rogue – I stuffed the turkey with bacon, bathed it [...]

Apple Cider Waffles

By |2014-11-18T15:00:51-08:00October 12, 2014|

  These light, fluffy Apple Cider Waffles are full of fall flavors and topped with cinnamon butter and apple cider syrup. I miss having apple trees. When we lived in [...]

Brined and Grilled Turkey

By |2015-12-23T09:47:49-08:00November 24, 2013|

This is a time-saving, oven-saving way to make a Thanksgiving turkey. I’ve been brining my turkey for years. I usually boil a pot of water and dissolve some salt, sugar [...]

Apple Ginger Martini

By |2014-11-23T12:22:02-08:00November 23, 2013|

I love making simple syrups to complement holidays. It’s an easy, entertaining way to add excitement to the bar. This Thanksgiving, I prepared an apple ginger simple syrup by steeping [...]

Soft, Easy Yeast Rolls

By |2014-12-20T09:03:11-08:00November 21, 2013|

Don’t let the idea of homemade yeast rolls intimidate you. I finally developed a recipe that turns out perfect every time and it’s ready in 3 hours. I have spent [...]

Pumpkin Chess Pie

By |2015-12-30T10:03:16-08:00November 20, 2013|

I love chess bars. I was introduced to them when I lived in Mississippi. Lately, I’ve been adding the sweet, gooey chess bar topping to lots of different desserts. It’s [...]

Cranberry Pepper Jelly Sauce

By |2014-11-28T08:31:54-08:00November 19, 2013|

Kick-up your cranberry sauce with some pepper jelly. I’ve been making the same cranberry sauce recipe for years. I do not like the canned, jellied sauce, so I boil down [...]

Pancetta Kale Stuffing

By |2015-12-30T10:04:08-08:00November 19, 2013|

Face it. Thanksgiving is a brown and white starchy holiday. The table is full of bread, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese… It’s always hard to find room [...]

Grilled Mashed Potatoes

By |2015-12-30T10:04:18-08:00November 18, 2013|

Do you love creamy mashed potatoes but hate peeling them all? Check out this post for Grilled Mashed Potatoes to see how you can skip that cumbersome step.

Pumpkin Bear Claws

By |2014-01-12T20:39:07-08:00October 13, 2013|

Skip the doughnut shop. Pumpkin Bear Claws hot out of the oven will satisfy any growling tummy. I was watching Unique Sweets on the Cooking Channel last night and they [...]

Perfect Holiday Cocktails

By |2014-11-23T12:25:00-08:00December 6, 2012|

Simple syrups make holiday cocktails…simple. When our family gets together for the holidays, we spend so much time on the meal that we sometimes forget about the drinks. Well, we [...]