My Seasonal Thanksgiving Table

My Seasonal Thanksgiving Table

Here’s a selection of seasonal side dishes, drinks, table decoration ideas, and a couple of good-any-season desserts that I like to bring to Friendsgiving and family Thanksgiving.

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Salad of the Month: Burrata with Peaches + Prosciutto

Late summer markets are filled with sun-loving fruits and veggies, like stone fruit and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.). So August’s salad of the month celebrates two of my favorite late summer gems: peaches and tomatoes. But the real star of the show is burrata, one of the best cheeses ever.

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Dear Baby Brother

As your older sister, I feel it’s my duty to impart some of the wisdom that I’ve picked up in my extra 10 years here on earth. So, here is my unsolicited life advice for you as you enter college and adulthood:

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Mini Corn + Tomato Quiche with Bacon

I made these quiches with some of my favorite flavors of summer: tomatoes, corn, and basil, none of which require any pre-cooking. Bacon has to get cooked first, but it’s totally worth it. Gorgonzola rounds out the group with a big punch of flavor.

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Garden Resources

I’m not an expert gardener, but I ask my farmer friends a million questions and I’ve learned from trial and error over the years. Here are a few gardening resources that I love:

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Around the World, Around the Web

Around the World, Around the Web is a monthly list of travel-related links for wanderlust inspiration. This month’s theme is Christmas in July, because it’s time to start planning a Christmas trip!

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3 Summer Aguas Frescas

Aguas frescas are basically just fruit pureed with water, sweetener, and perhaps another flavor or two. They’re sweet, refreshing, and exactly what you want on a summer day.

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Chicago Travel Guide

I’ve heard it’s hard to beat Chicago on a sunny summer day, and if our recent trip is any indication, then I totally agree. A stroll along the Riverwalk, down the Lakefront Trail, or through Millennium Park shows the city’s masterful marriage of nature and architecture. There are activities suited for all ages and budgets, including pro sports games, boat tours, shopping, and my activity of choice: eating. From Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza to artful fine dining to trendy food halls, there’s something for everyone.

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How to Cut a Pineapple

If you’ve never tackled a whole pineapple, it can be intimidating. Oh, and choosing the perfect pineapple from a sea of prickly fruit? That’s scary. But fear no more! Here are some easy tips for selecting a pineapple and step-by-step instructions for cutting it up:

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When Love Transcends a Language Barrier

In March of this year, I traveled to the northeastern coast of Brazil with my husband’s family. We didn’t embark on nearly 20 hours of travel (each way) for an off-the-beaten-path, exotic vacation. We went because there were two church communities in Fortaleza, Brazil that loved my late mother-in-law so much that they wanted to honor her life; and they wanted us to be there.

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