Topic: Thanksgiving

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Once upon a time, I was an overachiever in the kitchen, and would spend weeks scouring the recipe books, looking for a unique dish that would show off my culinary prowess. I made flourless chocolate cake, pecan torte, baked pears in brandy…you get the picture. Each and every one a decadent masterpiece that was virtually ignored after everyone gorged themselves on too much turkey. More »

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: Turkey A La Chicken

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: Turkey A La Chicken

The first time I tried to cook a turkey, I had never seen anyone else cook a turkey. My family had always bought pre-cooked ones. But my grandma bought a fridge, and with the fridge came a 20 pound turkey. So I looked up a few recipes. Bought the ingredients for one and got up in the morning to cook it. Only my recipe was a brine recipe. I had never heard of this before and started to panic. More »

Cheatsgiving: 8 Ways To Survive A Family Holiday Where Everyone Hates You

Cheatsgiving: 8 Ways To Survive A Family Holiday Where Everyone Hates You

Getting married or being in a serious relationship can have a major drawback known as The In-Laws. Some people are very fortunate and have wonderful in-laws that they are able to have a loving relationship with. Holidays are split evenly between families and everyone is happy. Others are not so lucky and have a contentious vibe going on with the family of their significant other. More »

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: Santa Clara Valley Stuffing

Cheatsgiving Recipe Contest: Santa Clara Valley Stuffing

During the dust bowl, my great-grandparents packed the family of 7 children and all their worldly possessions into a Model A Ford and drove from North Dakota to California, where they settled in the Santa Clara Valley and grew cherries, walnuts, almonds, and apricots. Though nowadays nearly all the orchards in this area have been replaced by freeways, condos, and tech firms, every Thanksgiving we make this stuffing to remember our agricultural roots and honor our family history. More »