Tabbouleh with Persimmons and Almonds and a Knife Giveaway

EDIT: Due to an error with my server, the original version of this post along with all of your comments disappeared!  Talk about bad timing!!  The only choice I have is to start from the beginning and ask you to please leave a new comment if you wish to enter the the contest for the knife giveaway.  All the same rules apply, but I am extending the deadline to allow everyone to catch up to the new development!  Thank you, and sorry for the last minute change!

Remember those gorgeous knives from New West KnifeWorks that I gave away last September?  It’s happening again!  But this time, I have the pleasure of giving away a beautiful 9-inch Chef’s Knife from their Phoenix Line.  And although I’m not keeping it, I just had to test this baby out before giving it away to one of you lucky, lucky people.

One of my favorite things to do with a chef’s knife is to chop fresh herbs.  To me, it’s very relaxing and satisfying to attack a huge pile of leafy parsley and end up with a much smaller pile of finely chopped herbs.  And what better way to get a feel for this knife than some nice, soothing, rhythmic chopping.

This knife is a pleasure to use.  Although it’s a pretty big knife, I was surprised at how light and well-balanced it is.  The blade is nice and thin but not flimsy by any means.  I didn’t chop any onions today, but I know that this blade would be perfect for the job.  In fact, like a good chef’s knife should be, this knife feels like it would be up for just about any task in the kitchen.

As you can see, it fits in my hand perfectly, and the handle is very comfortable.

And it’s just as comfortable when I choke up on the handle and grasp the blade between my thumb and forefinger, which is my usual knife grip for chopping.  I made it through a pile of parsley and a pile of mint in no time and was ready for more!

From the title of this post, I’m assuming you already know why I was chopping all those herbs!  In addition to testing out the knife, I also planned on making some tabbouleh today.  But since it’s fall, I decided to try substituting persimmons for the usual tomatoes.  So I peeled a couple of persimmons (using a peeler, not the chef’s knife) and chopped those up, too!

Another flawless performance from The Nine.  I want this knife.  But I guess it probably wouldn’t be right for me to enter my own contest, right?

Now let me tell you a bit more about my Tabbouleh with a Twist, and at the end of the recipe, I’ll fill you in on how this knife giveaway is going to work!

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad made of bulgar wheat, chopped herbs, spices, tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil.  I’m sure there are many variations, but the versions I’ve tasted have all seemed pretty standard.  I’ve never actually made tabbouleh myself, which is strange considering how much I love to eat it!

Well my version today isn’t exactly traditional.  I’m using whole wheat couscous in place of bulgar because that’s what I had in my pantry and because it’s quicker to prepare.  I’m also adding sweet persimmons in place of the tomatoes, which take the salad in a completely new direction.

Although I kept the lemon juice and herbs (lots of fresh chopped parsley and mint) in the recipe, I decided to add orange zest, almonds and a dash of cinnamon to complement the persimmons.  It might sound a little strange, but it really does work.  I just ate a huge bowl of it for lunch and it was delicious!

In addition to tasting great, the dish turned out to be beautiful!  The orange persimmons and green herbs turn an ordinary plate of couscous into a gorgeous side dish for your Autumn table.

And perhaps the best part about this salad is that it’s both delicious and super healthy!  Whole grains, tons of fresh herbs, fresh fruit, nuts, and olive oil?  Your body will love you for it!

Tabbouleh with Persimmons and Almonds

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
Juice from one lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 fuyu persimmons, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
dash of cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring 3/4 cup of water to boil.  Add couscous, stir, cover, and remove from heat.  Allow to sit for five minutes, then fluff with a fork.
2. Put couscous in a large mixing bowl, add lemon juice and olive oil, and stir to combine.  Allow to cool while you chop the herbs and fruit.
3. Stir in chopped herbs, orange zest, persimmons, and almonds. Mix well then add a dash of cinnamon, and salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Yield: four servings

Recipe notes: Tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgar wheat, feel free to substitute an equal amount of bulgar but allow to steam for 20 minutes (or follow package directions).  Toast the almonds in a small non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir constantly and remove from pan when lightly browned (only takes a few minutes). If you are new to using persimmons, please read my earlier post where I explain the difference between fuyu and hachiya persimmons.  You really want to make sure you use the correct type!

Now although I’m sure you’re happy to have yet another recipe from me this month (I think this is number 17), I know why you’re still reading this.  You’re hoping to win the gorgeous knife from New West Knife Works! So without further ado, here’s how this is going to work.

All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favorite thing to eat during the holidays.  I don’t care what holiday you want to discuss, just tell me one thing you look forward to eating each year.  That’s it!  The winner of the knife will be chosen using a random number generator, so you aren’t being judged on your answers.  I’m just curious about what you like to eat!

The rules:  Only one comment per person is allowed.  Don’t try using several different false names, because I have ways of figuring it out. 😉  Last time there were a few of you who had problems leaving a comment.  If for some reason this happens, please e-mail me at pinchmysalt (at) with your holiday food answer and I will add the comment for you.  Any other questions, please e-mail me.

EDIT:  In order to enter the knife giveaway, you need to leave your comment on this post by Friday, Nov. 21 at 5pm PST.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning.  Good luck!

Now I want to extend a big thank you to New West KnifeWorks for sending me another knife to give away.  I have been extremely impressed with the quality of their products and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.  If you haven’t already, go check them out for yourself!

EDIT: The contest has now ended.  Comments were closed on Friday, Nov. 21 at 5pm (pst)

  1. Jewels

    I know it sounds lame, but seriously, the turkey really is my favorite part of thanksgiving. Second to that is probably the baked acorn squash with brown sugar, salt and butter… and anything with pumpkin! ;o)

    8:35 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  2. Marilyn

    My favorite holiday food is pumpkin crisp.

    8:35 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  3. TheBon

    My mom makes awesome butter cookies with apricot filling. They’re soft and sweet and delicious.

    8:42 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  4. Ellen

    corn bake! or really, anything that my mom or grandma feeds me 🙂

    8:43 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  5. beth

    stuffing . . . preferably cold, eaten from a casserole dish with my fingers while standing by the refrigerator at about 9 am the day after Thanksgiving . . .

    9:03 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  6. Nightfall

    Gravy. Yum. I never make gravy any other time of the year so it’s a delicious treat on mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, all of it! Mashed potatoes (with gravy) is a close second.

    9:04 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  7. Kalyn

    Glad you have it straightened out. And I still want to win the knife, and I love stuffing!

    9:07 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  8. Jay @ Halftime Lessons

    One word…fudge. I have an outrageous sweet tooth, and I equate the holidays with fudge…

    9:09 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  9. Sara

    Very Christmas my mother buys all the kids a bag of chocolate covered pretzels by a local PA candy place called Sarris Candies. Normally the nutritional information would keep me from eating more than one, but it’s a once a year treat and I end up plowing through the whole bag before the week is out. YUM. Now you have me counting the days until I get them again!

    9:10 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  10. Sticky (cheri)

    I would LOVE to win a new knife! I bought mine a million years ago and they have come out with some super cool ones…

    Anyhow, I love these knives and I (still) love your site…

    I love stuffing and gravy. I also love pumpkin cheesecake mousse…This year we are attempting the fried turkey. we’ll see what happens…

    9:12 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  11. Tim M

    Stuffing at Thanksgiving!

    9:12 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  12. mstoddard

    Corn bread dressing with giblet gravy. Pearl onions in a cheese cream sauce is a close second.

    9:13 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  13. SusanV

    Sorry about your website problems, but I’m glad your work wasn’t lost forever.

    I’m not sure it’s my favorite thing to eat during the holidays, but the one dish that I love and never eat at any other time is cranberry relish. I don’t use it as a condiment–I can eat it by the bowlful. But for some reason I only make it for Thanksgiving.

    9:14 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  14. _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Ooh, another knife!

    Hmm… holiday food… I’ll say LECHON (Roast whole pig)! =)

    9:15 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  15. Andrea

    anything sweet potato!!

    9:15 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  16. Laura

    So sorry you’ve had website issues… I loooooove stuffing. It very well might be our only Thanksgiving food this year!

    9:23 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  17. Christy

    Sucks about the whole website issue, but kudos on all the hard work of getting it back up!

    I love turkey during the holidays!! I don’t really get to eat it for Thanksgiving at home since my family doesn’t really like turkey (we usually eat chicken instead), so when I do get to go to a church Thanksgiving gathering or something, I always love eating the turkey! And the stuffing. Yummy.

    9:26 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  18. Mary

    I’m back. And I still like mashed potatoes best….

    9:33 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  19. Jennifer

    I love, love, love anything with eggnog in it: eggnog milkshakes, plain eggnog, pumpkin pie made with eggnog, pancakes made with eggnog, etc.

    9:39 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  20. MegRuth

    My very favorite holiday treat is Norwegian lefsa. My mother use to make it on Christmas morning with butter and cinnamon and sugar.

    Lefsa looks like a giant flower tortilla but it’s made from potatoes. You haven’t lived until you’ve had warm lefsa on Christmas morning.

    9:40 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  21. Jenn

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is…homemade Chex Mix! We always knew it was close to Thanksgiving when we came in and there, on the table, were the trays of Chex Mix cooling. If you were good and sneaky, you could snag some of the fresh pieces with lots of butter/w-sauce on them…yum.

    9:42 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  22. Eva

    It’s a toss up between the cranberry sauces (I usually make two kinds) and my aunt’s green beans, but I think I’ll have to go with the beans. We love green beans in our house, and we have them often steamed and tossed with balsamic vinegar. On Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, however, my aunt makes green beans cooked Southern-style (within an inch of their lives along with a ham hock). Heaven! I wouldn’t eat them any other time of year, but they are a holiday must.

    9:44 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  23. Tanya

    Yum! That knife did a great job on the herbs!

    9:46 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  24. thehungryengineer (april)

    My favorite thing to eat over the holidays is peppermint bark. I don’t let myself have it for the rest of the year, so it’s fun to indulge over the holidays.

    9:47 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  25. Melanie

    I always look forward to making (and EATING!) my grandmother’s sausage stuffing around Thanksgiving/Christmas. It’s nothing fancy but it’s definitely the one dish that reminds me of her. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without it.

    9:49 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  26. kickpleat

    I really look forward to eating spiced nuts which is crazy since I can make them any time of year! I also look forward to drinking lots of fancy old fashioned cocktails!

    9:49 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  27. L

    I hope it wasn’t too much of a pain to have to re-post everything….

    That knife is oh-so-lovely….

    and my favorite holiday dish is my mother’s hot crab dip…..I have the recipe, but I somehow can never allow myself to make it any other time then Christmas…..

    9:49 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  28. ttfn300

    i’ll cover all my bases and say christmas cookies!!!

    9:59 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  29. Mark V.

    I always looked forward to swedish meatballs during christmas (almost made up for the lutefisk). My mom used to make them, the smell of allspice filling the house. Then Ikea showed up, and my mom started buying them frozen. I managed to make them from scratch only a couple of times since then. Now that I have kids of my own I find myself sifting through traditions from both of my parents (filipino and minisota-swede), and swedish meatballs over christmas is definitly something I want them to experience and continue (unlike lutefisk).

    10:01 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  30. Mary

    I really like corn pudding — it’s pretty simple and easy to make, but for some reason we only make it at Thanksgiving, so it always seems special. Also, pecan pie is pretty darn good, too!

    10:08 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  31. OmegaMom

    Well, of course I’ll enter again, because that knife is Teh Awesome. When I was young, my mom would make me a special birthday cake every year; it was orange flavored, with *very* lemony buttercream frosting, and she would put unsweetened apricot pie filling in between the two layers. I managed to persuade my husband to make me one of these this last birthday, and think I will have him do it this year, too.

    10:11 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  32. oldwoman

    My favorite holiday food is easily my great-grandmothers Butter Cookie recipe. Crisp, light, and rich, it is far too easy to eat a dozen of them. Cross my fingers for that beautiful knife, as well!

    10:19 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  33. Holly Cummings

    My favorite is the fruit salad my mother-in-law makes. It’s fresh fruit with real whipped cream and pomegranite seeds sprinkled through it.

    10:20 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  34. Susanna

    I am looking forward to a Christmas Sausage, a Bavarian veal sausage with a special spice mix only sold around Christmas and only in the area I grew up. Goes with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes and has always been our Christmas eve dinner.

    10:24 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  35. Tammy

    This was a wonderful adventure reading everyone’s favorites from the holidays. Mine is still plain cranberry sauce (boiled cranberries, sugar and water) served with turkey. However, I am now thinking a meal complete with all the favorites I just read about would leave me one happy person!

    10:25 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  36. Ryan G.

    corn pudding


    pumpkin roll

    10:26 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  37. Liska

    This year we are going to do a new style of Thanksgiving – German/Austrian style.
    Kohlrabi soup, Wiener Schnitzel, Parsley Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Au Gratin. It’s going to be awesome!

    10:30 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  38. Elle

    My mom’s toffee. She only makes it at Christmas, and I always look forward to it.

    10:34 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  39. Danielle

    Yep, still interested, and it’s still all about my dad’s latkes for me!

    10:36 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  40. Katie Ann

    Hands down, my favorite is the from-the-cans green bean casserole. The only thing I do to fancy it up is adding bug chunks of sauteed mushrooms…mmmmm. I had my sister email me a list of what she’s planning on making (yay for siblings in culinary school, she might actually be more excited about Thanksgiving than I am), and I’ll be drooling in anticipation until next Thursday.

    10:42 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  41. sharon

    I love eating cornbread around the holidays. Sounds kinda mundane, but I dont think that i ever eat it unless it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas!

    10:43 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  42. Thérèse-Marie

    So sorry you had so much trouble and glad you could restore the
    posts…what a pain…
    But thank you, Nicole so very much for all your hard work.

    Naturally I still would love to win this beautiful knife…

    My fave is still my mother-in-laws rich to die for cauliflower soup with golden raisin Chutney…

    10:49 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  43. Carla


    10:51 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  44. Neva

    My Ma’s gravy on just about anything is my favorite. I’m going to try your recipe for extra creamy mashed potatoes this year to compliment said gravy. (My Ma always mixes her peas or corn in with her mashed potatoes, so your picture with peas on top of mashed potatoes and gravy seemed normal to me!) Nice work getting your site back up!

    10:53 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  45. CindyK

    I’ve never been big on the traditional holiday feasts. Don’t get me wrong, I make a mean and to die for turkey and all the trimmings, and can deal with a large ham the old fashioned way studded with cloves and thick with maple glaze, but my favourite holiday meal is————LABOUR DAY! Here in my area Labour Day means Sockeye Salmon hours out of the river ( as long as there’s an opening on the Fraser River) barbequed in filet form with salt, pepper, lemon juice, a rub of garlic, and a sprinkle of dill. The accompanying cesar salad and cob of corn- Nothing to compare this to. I wish it was summer now!!!!

    10:58 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  46. Audrey

    This is the only time of year I eat Pecan Pie and I love it!

    11:17 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  47. Christie

    Sorry to hear about the posts disappearing.

    My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce all on the same bite. I eat them through out the year but the holidays are the only time they are all together.

    11:24 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  48. Sarah

    Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream…mmmmmm…..

    11:26 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  49. Leaca

    nice work. you have gotten a lot restored in a very short time. go you! =)

    11:27 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  50. Lynley

    What a pain for you… Anyway, as before, my favourite holiday indulgence is a large sweet, smoky glazed ham1

    11:39 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  51. Julie

    mmmmm. I think I would have to pick Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. What makes them “Thanksgiving” you ask? Butter, cream and just a bit of freshly ground nutmeg.

    11:47 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  52. Shala

    twice baked yams with marshmallows

    11:48 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  53. Ann-Laure

    Well, here in France we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as such. But my favorite dish, eaten at my grandparents house each year during the first meal everbyody could share was pot-au-feu. Warmth, reunion, love… that’s what this dish means for me!

    11:55 pm  Nov 18th, 2008
  54. Andrew

    First time poster long time watcher. When I was 14 I entered Cranberry Squares in the county fair and won best of so. Im not huge on sweets so I love the tartness and wonderfull flavor of cranberrys. The recipe as a small about of sugar and walnuts….I just love walnuts. I love your wonderful blog keep up the great work, and that knife looks amazing!

    12:05 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  55. my mother's daughter

    without a doubt my mother’s baked yams. They involve cranberries and pineapple and maple syrup, among other things.

    12:12 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  56. sj

    Mom’s cornbread dressing.

    12:27 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  57. Bron

    Hey, sorry to hear about your blog troubles today Nicole!
    We don’t have a Thanksgiving holiday here in NZ, however my favourite celebration food in cooler months would have to be creamy mashed potatoes/roast potatoes, (any roasted root veges actually!) stuffing and gravy with a roast lamb/chicken or pork… and apple pie with custard and vanilla ice cream! Simple basics…oooh but oh so good when done well! and yes I’m keen a that knife too!

    12:38 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  58. Tone

    We lookforward to this meal all year and christmas eve is normaly the only time we eat this dish. Pinnekjøtt (literally “stick meat”) is a traditional Christmas dish in the western parts of Norway. Pinnekjøtt is salted, dried and sometimes smoked lamb’s ribs which are rehydrated, usually 12-24 hours in pure water and then steamed, usually, but not necessarily, over birch branches, and served with potato and mashed rutabaga. Traditionally, beer and akevitt are served with pinnekjøtt.
    It is unclear if the dish originally got its name “stick meat” from the birch sticks used in the steaming process, or because of the visual nature of the individual rib bones. However, it is common to call the individual ribs “pinner” (“sticks”), so that is perhaps the most obvious interpretation.

    1:27 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  59. Corey

    My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, cream, bourbon, and pecans. Good thing Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

    1:39 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  60. Juana Arzola

    I look forward to the christmas holidays with the family and my favorite dish is the pork roast ‘latino’ style in addition to all the food everyone brings to the buffet!

    1:52 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  61. winnie

    Dressing and gravy! Thank you

    1:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  62. grace

    just one thing? hmm. i’ll have to go with warm apple pie, but it’s really my favorite thing to eat year-round. 🙂

    2:06 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  63. Carmen

    I’ve really been enjoying your recipes as a subscriber. Can’t wait to try the apple & bacon dressing as well as those buttermilk cranberry scones. For the holidays, I’ve always enjoy pumpkin pie. Though I cook with pumpkin throughout the year, for some unknown reason the pie is reserved for Thanksgiving. My sister has mastered (almost) my mom’s recipe – that’s a delight.

    Thanks for sharing your culinary treasures with us & for enter me into your knife giveaway.

    2:23 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  64. Robin

    So, I was going to leave another comment anyway, because I made the tabbouleh last night for dinner! I went even further astray from bulgar wheat, using red quinoa, which was very pretty with the orange persimmon, and the texture was fantastic. However, I’m sorry to say I just couldn’t get into it, the sweet persimmon was too sweet for me with the parsley and other savories. Maybe my fruit were extra sweet? Anyway, thanks for inspiring me to use persimmon for the first time!

    As for my favorite holiday treat: pumpkin pie!

    2:45 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  65. Julie

    There are a TON of those persimmons in my area, and I never knew what I could cook with them…until now. Thanks for the great persimmon ideas!

    3:58 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  66. Lydia

    Hands down it’s pecan pie–this year, though, I’m going to try it with this beautiful (and local) deep, dark pine-flower honey instead of cornsyrup…

    4:47 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  67. arlene

    pumpkin crunch cake!

    4:48 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  68. Deb

    Well done! Site looks great again. Okay, I still love to celebrate Fourth of July with blueberry pie. For breakfast. Complete with vanilla ice cream. Berries picked by us at a farm down the road from my mother’s house… yum.

    4:55 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  69. Andrew

    gotta be apple pie!

    — A

    5:13 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  70. Jackie

    I love mashed potatoes!

    5:21 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  71. Ryan O.

    Wow, that looks wonderful. My favorite holiday food is my dad’s giblet stuffing. I’m not a big fan of organ meats, but pulverized and poured over croutons it just becomes wonderful. I’ve asked him for his recipe for at least the last eight years straight, hopefully this will be the year I write it down.

    5:22 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  72. Mo

    One of the best parts of the holidays for me is making my great-grandmother’s candy recipes, but just above that on the list is actually *eating* the results, especially the buckeyes. Yum.

    5:26 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  73. Nick

    Temales! I live in the soutwest, so there’s something special about when people start rolling them out.

    5:31 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  74. Arlene

    Sweet potato casserole! 🙂

    5:36 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  75. Christine

    There is almost nothing better than a good knife!

    My favorite food is my mother’s Thanksgiving stuffing! she even makes me my own amount…and saves it for me.

    5:48 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  76. Carla

    Don’t you like computer glitches? I am glad you got yours straightened out.

    I look most forward to pumpkin pie each year.

    6:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  77. Sue

    That would have to be my daughters mac and cheese.

    6:10 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  78. june

    For anything in autumn, I love pumpkin cheesecake.

    6:10 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  79. Amelia

    I always look forward to homemade stuffing!

    6:10 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  80. Renee

    Oh fudge and toffee are on my list! Homemade of course!

    6:11 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  81. Nick

    Deep fried turkey! Can’t live without it. Also any type of home-made pie.

    6:16 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  82. Melanie


    For me, it’s not so much the food I look forward to at holiday gatherings. It’s the company. I love being with my family!! But if I had to pick a food (or two) it would be leftover turkey sandwiches with stuffing and cran!!!!

    Thanks for this opportunity to be drawn for the knife!


    6:29 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  83. Laura

    I love it all! But the leftovers are the best!

    6:32 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  84. Stephanie

    My favorite thing to eat on the holidays is stuffing! But the real kicker for me is a left overs sandwich! mmm!

    6:32 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  85. Dedene Court

    Thanksgiving is a real challenge here in France, because there are NO traditions. So, I try to make dishes that help my French family understand why Thanksgiving is so much fun.
    My favorite, because it freaks the French out, is cranberry compote with turkey. You’d think they’d be used to fruit and meat together, but NO! It’s always a surprise for them.

    6:36 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  86. Liz

    By far, my favorite thing to eat all fall (with star-quality dishes at Thanksgiving and Christmas) is sweet potatoes. They’re so delicious, and I can’t walk by the display at the grocery store without buying them. Surprisingly, I’m not a fan of the super sugary sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping – I prefer savory sweet potato preparations. Loved your sweet potato biscuits with bacon and thyme!

    6:39 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  87. Jess

    brussel sprouts. no one else in my family eats them. but mom makes them just for me. 🙂

    6:43 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  88. Doug

    My favorite fall/holiday season food is the sweet potatoes. It doesn’t matter how they’re prepared, they are good. A close second place is the cranberry dishes that are popular during the holiday season. I sure do like a good cranberry salad with turkey dinner.

    6:45 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  89. kimberly

    One of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving is my Great Grandmother’s Cornbread Dressing. It makes so much that we’ll eat it for a few days after the big meal. Of course, since my birthday is just before Thanksgiving (and we live away from family) we have birthday cake on Thanksgiving now and that’s another one of my favoirtes.

    6:45 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  90. Flood

    Cordial cherries from the drugstore. Queen Anne’s. I love that chemical cherry burn.

    6:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  91. Cecily T

    I’d have to say my mom’s brined turkey for Thanksgiving. We stuff ourselves with it on the big day, and then eat it on sandwiches until it’s gone. I’m looking forward to trying your ‘B.L.A.T.’ with it this year. BTW, the sourdough stuffing looks awesome.

    I’ll have to try your knife grip. I have small hands so I often feel like the blade is heavy for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    6:58 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  92. evelyn

    I LOVE Prime Rib for Christmas dinner. Great looking knife. Thanks for a chance to win a great prize.

    6:58 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  93. Amy

    I would have to say that my MILs sausage stuffing is the BEST! I love picking off the pieces of sausage that are on top and all brown and crispy….and that isn’t even on MY piece…I sneak into her kitchen and pick it off all over so everyone is ready to kill me, lol! 😛

    7:04 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  94. MaxPower

    Leftover turkey sandwiches.

    7:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  95. Jessica

    My great grandma’s sugar cookies!

    7:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  96. Maria

    I love your recipes. They are always creative and delicious. I’m glad your site back in operation – I would hate to miss out on anything new!

    7:10 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  97. Amy

    Pecan Pie! 🙂

    7:11 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  98. gina f

    I’m looking forward to the cornbread dressing with sage. Thanks for such great recipes (and the knife opportunity)!

    7:14 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  99. Joel

    It may seem like a cop-out, but I really enjoy the turkey. I brine it in a citrus brine and then roast it in my Big Green Egg BBQ/Smoker. This year, I’m thinking of trying a little alder wood.

    7:16 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  100. Carrie

    I’m old fashioned. I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without Turkey and gravy. How wonderful would it be to use a brand new beautiful knife for the turkey this year??

    7:20 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  101. Lucie

    French Canadian Tourtière. YUMMM

    7:21 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  102. Jeff "SoCalinMotion" Crace

    My favorite thing to eat is pie… it is a tradition that my mom bakes pies with the grand kids so that is very special to me.

    7:26 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  103. Gayle

    Would love a new knife to help with Holiday Dinner prep.
    My daughter makes the most wonderful sweet potato casserole.
    We all love it and beg her to make it every time we get together.

    Love your site
    Be blessed

    7:28 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  104. Elle

    I love chopping herbs, too. they’re usually cool from being rinsed, and they smell so good…lol.

    My favorite holiday food is stuffing, definitely!

    7:30 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  105. Erica

    My favorite’s got to be my mom’s Crock Pot mashed potatoes, yum!

    7:31 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  106. Candy

    Definitely, cornbread dressing.

    7:34 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  107. Jo

    Oh good another knife compitition, I can’t belive I missed the last one!

    At home stuffing is a major part of christmas dinner, we always have chestnut and pork stuffing, lemon and thyme and sage and onion with rasins in it… seriously I could eat that homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce all day with nothing else :0)

    7:34 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  108. Konna

    Glad you got the email thing figured out! My favorite holiday food was the Christmas bread my mom would make Christmas morning. It made the whole house smell delicious! Now that she is gone, I miss it more than ever!

    7:47 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  109. Alyssa

    I look forward to sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s sweet potato puree with a delicious brown sugar and pecan crispy topping-this beats old sweet potatoes and marshmallows any day! It usually doesn’t last for leftovers but if it does, I’ll eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

    7:51 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  110. Annie Jones

    For me, the best part of the Thanksgiving meal is the leftover turkey sandwiches that follow the main event. The must have turkey, mayo, sliced pickles and a sprinkling of salt. Anything else is optional. I think I look forward to these more than the big meal with all the trimmings.

    7:53 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  111. Maria

    I love the homemade rolls, my dad makes the best potato rolls ever!! What a fun giveaway! THANK YOU!

    7:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  112. Lulu, Rome

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving, more than any particular dish, is planning the meal. I get giddy looking through recipes and considering menu themes. I’m a food geek, but it’s what makes the holidays fun.

    7:58 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  113. andrea

    Yuck – sorry about the website problems. What a headache. I had commented earlier about a fennel gratin that I learned from a chef in Italy. I only make it once a year due to the amount of effort required for such a humble dish. Humble, but delicious. The knife looks amazing!

    8:03 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  114. John P

    My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal has to be the stuffing/dressing and giblet gravy… The turkey is only necessary for the giblets 🙂 . This is my first comment so I must thank you for the blog, I love the recipes. I have been following it for several months, since before your return to the states. Thanks!

    8:03 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  115. Heather

    These knives are gorgeous!! My favorites are stuffing and gravy made by my grandmother. No one can get it quite like hers!

    8:04 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  116. Dan Wenzel

    I always look forward to Egg Nog during the winter and the fourth of July for a midwest barbecue. Glad you got your posts back up, there’s several I’m looking forward to trying and I may just have some new favorites!

    8:05 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  117. Bob

    Without a doubt…….. Mom’s Pumpkin Pie ! ! !

    8:09 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  118. Tristan

    I LOVE green bean casserole topped with shoe string fried onions!

    8:13 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  119. Judy

    Wow…I would love a new knife!!! My favorite thing to eat during the holiday is undoubtedly pumpkin pie. Something you NEVER have at any other time of the year!!!

    8:13 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  120. Darb

    Deviled eggs, by far. They are just so easy to eat!

    8:13 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  121. Margaret

    Sorry about your post deletion! My favorite holiday food is, hands down, pumpkin pie.

    8:14 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  122. Ann

    Homemade English toffee!

    8:18 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  123. Mollie

    Mmmmmmmmm…Thanksgiving favorite, but I don’t have’s ALL of it. I love it the melding of flavors: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy..mmmmmm…and the post Thanksgiving Day opened faced turkey sandwiches..made with white bread..*gasp*..I know..but it’s not the same otherwise!

    8:18 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  124. amanda

    Glad to see you were able to put the post back up! What a pain that must have been. Anyhow, my favorite holiday food is my mom’s handmade pastries, complete with a dollop of homemade jam and drizzle of frosting. Warm out the oven, they’re deadly delicious.

    8:26 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  125. mikedavis000

    back again. My great-grandmother used to make something called “Cottage Cheese Bread”. Essentially a sweet bread with cottage cheese integrated on top. Even though she doesn’t make this anymore, she gave me the family recipe to continue on.

    8:28 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  126. Al

    Spiced Pecans — out for noshing from Thanksgiving right through New Years…

    8:29 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  127. toontz

    Favorite holiday treat: cut-out sugar cookies with royal frosting and sprinkles. Come to think of it – even without the frosting and sprinkles!

    8:32 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  128. Susie

    One thing I look forward to all year is making a pie recipe: Maple walnut cranberry pie.

    I make that instead of pecan – the tartness and maple flavor vs. plain old pecan pie…to die for!

    8:33 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  129. Jane

    My Christmas memories from childhood are all about homemade cookies, fruit cake and pfeffernuesse – but after living in Venezuela for 30 some years the turkey is always accompanied by hallacas, pan de jamón (ham bread) and ensalada de gallina (potato, chicken salad)

    8:33 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  130. Maeve

    Pumpkin pancakes (and french toast!!) for Halloween!

    8:46 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  131. Marian

    Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without Sally’s homemade yeast rolls! And sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have to make a big pot of homemade wassil. It takes fantastic and it makes the whole house smell wonderful!

    8:52 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  132. Karen

    Pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!!

    8:54 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  133. Rachel

    Cranberry sauce!

    8:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  134. Katy

    I look forward to sweet potatoes and stuffing.

    9:02 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  135. Robin

    My favorite is making Sand Tarts from a recipe handed down from my Great Grandmother! Buttery and paper thin, these are always a family favorite

    9:04 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  136. Rachel

    My dad’s Willaimsburg tomato soup at christmas eve and anise flavored springerle cookies once they’ve had a little while to dry out and get crunchy if i can wait that long!

    9:06 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  137. Amber

    Has to be the herb butter turkey my husband makes every year! It is very moist and delicious!

    9:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  138. Emily

    I made a pumpkin pie cheesecake for a holiday party this year and it went over so well I am making another one for my family this thanksgiving. I think it will be my favorite for a long time.

    9:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  139. Dianne

    Anything sweet potato but not with marshmallos

    9:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  140. Rachel

    I look forward to my Mama’s cranberrry casserole. No one else makes it like Mama does!

    9:14 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  141. licia.

    mashed potatoes of any type…yummmmmmmm!

    9:15 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  142. Amber

    Green Bean Casserole is by far my favorite, followed in a close second by my grandmother’s chocolate pie.

    9:17 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  143. Paula B.

    I love anything pumpkin (i.e. whole wheat pumpkin muffins, whole wheat pumpkin pancakes, white chip pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies). I also love southern hen and dressing with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce shaken out of the can (if I can get my mouth on some made by my sister). YUM!! I don’t know how to make it, and I don’t care to learn. It’s such a treat to have it every blue moon.

    9:19 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  144. Chris

    My wife and I have a roast duck on Christmas Eve every year. Definitely my favorite food item of the holidays.

    9:25 am  Nov 19th, 2008
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    9:28 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  146. Jill

    My favorite holiday dish is stuffing! It’s so easy that I should/could make it more often, but it only seems appropriate to me around Thanksgiving. The more “things” I can throw into the mix, the better!

    9:28 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  147. Melanie

    My favorite holiday dish is pumpkin pie with real whipped cream!

    9:31 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  148. Debbie

    My favorite is my Italian grandmother’s recipe for coconut custard pie…so creamy and coconutty…yum! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    9:35 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  149. Jeff

    Vegetarian stuffing at thanksgiving is by far my favorite

    9:37 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  150. Stefanie

    My favorite holiday food is the Christmas Eve Tamales that we make, every year the three generations lead by my grandmother get together and make a couple hundred of these!

    9:42 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  151. Kit

    Stuffing with gravy…

    9:48 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  152. leanne

    Roasted chestnuts! I bought some recently to roast, but it hasn’t gotten quite cold enough for me to be in the mood.

    9:52 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  153. Gabi

    I love it all but my Great-Grandmother’s Apple Salad is what pulls together all of the rest of the holidy meal. It wouldn’t be TG without it. I’ve never heard of anyone else having it so it is a family bond.

    9:58 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  154. Emily

    My fav is my mom’s sweet potato casserole with LOTS of marshmallows!

    10:00 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  155. Fit Bottomed Girls

    Yep, I still want the knife! Mashed taters!

    10:04 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  156. Carmen

    Sage Cornbread dressing with giblet gravy tops my Thanksgiving favorite and it wouldn’t be complete without pecan pie. The knives are so gorgeous! Thank you for such a lovely contest.

    10:08 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  157. Amiyrah

    hands down….mashed potatoes with gravy. I could eat it all year round, but during the holidays it taste extra special.

    10:24 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  158. Madeline

    My favorite part is the turkey. Not on the actual day but on the days after because you have an oppurtunity to make delicious new recipies and awesomeness in general.

    10:24 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  159. kayceebeebee

    The sides are my favorite. I like the mashed potatoes with gravy and the stuffing.

    10:27 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  160. Dawn

    If this knife cuts as good as it looks it has to be a great knife. I want one please!

    10:33 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  161. Jen

    Sorry for your technical difficulties… I’d like to enter the knife contest.

    10:38 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  162. Tracey Morris

    I found your blog a few weeks ago & LOVE it. Our favorite dishes are mushroom stuffing and lobster chowder. Keep up the great work! you have a gift!

    10:54 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  163. Kayla

    Hands down, MASHED POTATOES!!!!!! I love, love, love them! 🙂

    10:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  164. brilynn

    I don’t think I have a favourite… but maybe just whatever’s new, I’m not set in tradition, I like new things!
    And I would love a new knife, it’s on my Christmas wish list.

    10:56 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  165. Leslie

    The pictures on your recipes are amazing! I read your posts for those almost as much as for the recipes! 🙂
    My favorite things to eat during the winter holidays is sweet stuff! Every year, my oldest niece and I bring out a small stack of new dessert recipes to try while we are visiting my folks. They are are such an appreciative audience to experiment with!
    Also, since it’s a large gathering of family, I usually make my ‘famous’ seafood gumbo sometime during the week.

    10:57 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  166. Amelia

    I love the warm curried fruit my sister and I make every year. Utterly great! I love the Chef 6 Fusion wood knife in Jessica color.

    11:07 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  167. jamey r.

    ginger-cranberry sauce. yum.

    11:09 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  168. Luz Galusha-Luna

    I’m a sucker for garlic red potato mashed potatoes. And cranberry sauce, too. Thanksgiving means having an abundance of both afterward, which is pretty much awesome. 🙂 I think I want to try the sweet potato rolls this year, though!

    11:13 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  169. Steve

    I love yams smothered in marshmallow – keeping me warm all day while my bird roasts in the oven

    11:32 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  170. Emily

    I adore my mother’s pumpkin pie, which she makes 6-12 pies every Thanksgiving.

    11:32 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  171. amber

    wild rice and sausage stuffing…so yum!

    11:34 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  172. Deborah

    My grandparents make us fried oysters every Christmas. It’s always the highlight of the meal!

    11:51 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  173. corey

    This looks amazingly good…I can’t wait to try it!!

    11:52 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  174. dayna

    I had so many answers. First being turkey, so this knife would be great to show off carving it!:)
    But I’m reading all these comments and I’m really glad I’ve eaten lunch. Pumpkin pie? Pecan? Cold turkey sandwiches with too much mayo? Mashed potatoes?
    Ugh! I’m dying over here! Yum.

    11:54 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  175. TNC

    My favorite thing to eat during the holidays? Christmas breakfast. When I was little, we used to go all out for Christmas breakfast. Bacon, ham, sausage, biscuts with regular gravy and tomato gravy(one of my most favorite things ever!), eggs cooked any and every way, jellies, jams, juices… The list goes on.

    11:55 am  Nov 19th, 2008
  176. Shanna

    I love potato laktes with lots of sour cream and applesauce!

    12:17 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  177. Sarah

    Turkey with gravy, stuffing, AND cranberries. Must have it all!

    12:25 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  178. Vicki

    Chestnuts. Mmm…

    12:39 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  179. Hande

    pecan pie!

    12:48 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  180. James

    PPtPP – Please Pass the Pumpkin Pie!

    12:58 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  181. Allison Day

    Oh my goodness that knife is beautiful. 🙂

    My favorite thing to eat? Hmmm… do I have to pick just one? Thanksgiving pie, Christmas ham, New Year’s sushi… not to mention all the sweets and goodies in between! I think if I had to pick an absolute favorite, it would be hot chocolate throughout the holiday season. I love the chill in the air, with a hot mug of hot chocolate in hand, especially when eaten with a freshly baked good. Yum!

    Now if only this Southern California weather would cool down, so we could feel like it’s the holidays!

    1:06 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  182. Micha

    I’m so glad you’ve been able to re-create your posts, even if it took a bit of work to get the pictures in! I can’t imagine how stressful losing all of that would be!!
    My favorite thing to eat: pumpkin pie. hands down. I love the stuff.

    1:08 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  183. Kim U

    I totally don’t remember what holiday food I said I most looked forward to last time, so I’m going to say baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar.

    1:09 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  184. Kasumi

    My fave is my Mom’s stuffing. It IS the holidays. She makes it from the ground up. The breadcrumbs, the giblets…. mmmmm.

    1:15 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  185. Laura

    I look forward to my mom’s stuffing. I try to write down the recipe every year but she just tastes and adds and I can never keep up with amounts. My mom always has to make 2 batches. One for Thanksgiving day and one for my brother and I to take home leftovers.

    1:18 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  186. Jess

    I’m so happy that your posts are back-up! My favorite holiday food is mashed potatoes…so much so, that if I was stuck on an island & could only have one thing, it would be mashed potatoes!

    1:23 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  187. Rebecca

    My mother-in-law makes the best cookies at Christmas. It’s so wonderful to arrive and see the tubs of cookies waiting for us on her kitchen counter.

    1:53 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  188. Nicole

    Thanks for posting all these wonderful recipes and pictures!

    2:06 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  189. jenn

    sweet potato casserole with mini marshallows on top; green bean casserole; roasted butternut squash soup; pumpkin and pecan pie; cranberry sauce (even the canned variety); any kind of stuffing — and of course, the turkey (all of the traditional faves).

    2:10 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  190. Jena

    You can’t seriously want me to just pick one thing… there’s the stuffing recipe we made last year ( But then there are all the cookies we make… Oh, now you’ve gone and gotten me all homesick.

    2:47 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  191. Diana

    Oh, so many favorite foods! Apple pie. My mom’s stuffing. Sweet potatoes (which strangely we only ever had for Thanksgiving). I guess mostly we ate traditional foods during the holidays, but they were very special to us because we never got them at any other time.

    I’m sad I couldn’t post earlier. Now there are a million bajillion responses, and OH! how I want that knife! I’ve recently begun cooking dinner every! single! night! and a good knife would make me feel complete – and make my task so much more rewarding.

    2:49 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  192. Houndymama

    Christmas Cookies. The more intricate and sugary and glittery, the better.

    2:55 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  193. Krissy

    My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is my grandmother’s Tortellini en Brodo. It is fabulous and the whole family come crawling back for more. She serves it with these yummy sausage and pepperoni rolls. Yum! I am hungry now!

    3:05 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  194. Erica

    chestnuts! I can never wait for them to cool and thus singe my fingers every time trying to liberate the sweet, earthy flesh from the crackly shell.

    3:06 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  195. zoe

    hello! I’m new to your website (~2 weeks) and I love it! Am I allowed to enter this contest from another country? My favourite holiday food is roasted yams with lotsa butter! I love it!

    3:12 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  196. Meg

    This is a fabulous recipe! What a great knife!

    I have many favorite holiday foods! I love anything involving pumpkin, but my favorite is double layer pumpkin pie!

    3:23 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  197. Yvonne

    I love love love ……rich chocolate fudge, the hard kind, not the creamy!!!

    3:48 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  198. christine

    roasted sweet potatoes with butter or sour cream… my family doesn’t care for them or pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes so thanksgiving has become adventure day, always something new except for the turkey and the gravy and the boxed stuffing, this year we’re having ‘forbidden rice with pecans and cherries’, curried sweet potato with spinach (for me and my friend) sherry cake, turnip puff, thanks to this website it’s delicious, and leeks with garbanzos and pancetta

    3:59 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  199. Debbie

    My absolute favorite dish on Thanksgiving has been mashed sweet potatoes.. I tried these about 4 years ago and I haven’t converted the whole family to them yet so I still make the old fashioned mashers also. But mashed sweet potatoes are delish.

    4:19 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  200. Ecki

    I’d love to prepare my next Tabbouleh with this fine knife! Thank you for this great foodblog!

    4:28 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  201. Billie Jo

    homemade eggnog with a little extra……

    4:42 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  202. monica

    pies! pumpkin and pecan and apple and four berry and and and!

    5:07 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  203. DAE

    My mom makes these amazing traditional english pop-overs that are mmm so good! =)

    5:08 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  204. Kellie

    Entering again after your disaster…I love a good knife…
    Favorite food…4th of July Watermelon. Something about it is so crisp and clean. Yum!

    5:22 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  205. Laura

    mashed potatoes mixed with cranberry sauce. yum!

    5:50 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  206. Liz A

    I am still saying Pecan Pie, although I also love all the Cranberry dishes – fresh homemade Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry Apple Pie or Cranberry Jello Salad. I am crazy for Cranberries,

    I really need a new knife too…….

    6:07 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  207. Kelly Brzozowski

    It’s always been cornbread dressing and homemade cranberry sauce for me. Thanks for hosting these give-aways!!

    6:08 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  208. Jazz

    My aunt made this special kind of squash pie – I say squash because she didn’t like using plain pumpking, she would mix the puree with acorn, butternut, whatever was on hand. It was a delicious and appeared without fail during the holidays.

    So I’m saying Squash – Pumpkin Pie. Crossing my fingers 🙂

    6:17 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  209. Christy

    This may sound strange, but trust me… I love lebanon bologna spread with cream cheese, rolled up and cut into little appetizers. Delish.

    6:18 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  210. Terri Z

    The dates stuffed with peanut butter, topped with a walnut half, rolled in sugar that my aunt used to make years ago.

    6:55 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  211. Jennifer

    I love stuffing made with far too much butter to be healthy 🙂

    7:16 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  212. Candace

    Gravy! Only made by my mom or myself, as the other side of the family makes bland gravy. Not. Good.

    And don’t ask me why we don’t have gravy at any other time of the year. I have no answer.

    7:19 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  213. Ruth

    I love almost any and all side dishes when it comes to the holidays. I would skip the turkey if it were up to me. My mom always makes an incredible mushroom casserole during the holidays. Boy – this knife would come in handy to cut the ‘shrooms.

    7:26 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  214. michelle @ TNS

    stuffing, stuffing and more stuffing. screw the turkey. i. need. stuffing.

    7:32 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  215. monica

    totally bummer about the server, but at least your up now! my favorite holiday food is fruit cake… cuz it’s fruity like me. 🙂

    7:46 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  216. Shannon

    Hmmmmm……my favorite thing to eat during the holidays is whatever I make for dessert. Sometimes a Torte en Croute, sometimes a rich slab of Chocolate Pate, or a perfectly buttery pear tart. Sugar is the way to my happy holiday plate!

    7:51 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  217. Suzanne

    I’m sure that I wrote brilliantly before :} but that knife would look so pretty in my kitchen on the dark granite tiles!!! I love my mom’s stuffing (none of that fancy stuff!) but this year my dh’s aunt is bringing hers… so I might have to make a little dish for leftovers on the weekend! sorry about your blog snafu.

    8:06 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  218. Heathercicle

    I look forward to egg nog every year! Right after Halloween, you see it on the shelves of every store in preparation for the winter holidays.

    8:09 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  219. Carrie

    I love my aunt’s Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad mmmm.

    8:16 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  220. Siedrix

    Every year i wait until independences day in Mexico, around this time there is “Chiles en Nogada” time. They are Jalapenos stuffed with ground meet and membrillo(not exactly sure how to translate this) with a with sauce that include a type of nut call nogada and then pomegranate on top. It a great dish to eat, usually sold quite expensive on restaurants, but not that complicated to do, also has all the Mexican colors.

    8:16 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  221. Saundra Scarce

    For an appetizer, I enjoy veggie pate, made from mushrooms and whatever vegetables are on hand.

    8:20 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  222. christine

    I love all kinds of stuffing a dressing! Not something I really eat other than the holidays. Oh, and eggnog1

    10:06 pm  Nov 19th, 2008
  223. Britney

    Sweet potato casserole every time!

    6:51 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  224. Adam

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, is better than some holiday mac-n-cheese.

    7:31 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  225. nibowl

    that knife looks super nice

    7:50 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  226. bunny

    i like eating just about everything, but i’m looking forward to leftovers. i know that sounds weird, but i usually do thanksgiving and the next day is always the best- i wake up early and do all of the dishes before my husband wakes up and then for breakfast i make a turkey and stuffing sandwich and then maybe have a slice of apple pie – everything tastes so much better the next day, and its almost like i’m eating it for the first time since usually i’m so busy with cooking and serving on thanksgiving!

    8:01 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  227. wilhelm

    My holiday favorite is something of a family thing… We do a borscht, but it’s not the typical beet-based soup. Ours is a dairy-based soup, which I’ve heard called “white borscht”. Chop up Polska kielbasa and hard-boiled egg into a bowl, and ladle over a hot soup made with butter, sour cream, white pepper, and horseradish. It’s rich and warm, for those cold winter days.

    9:00 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  228. Mohana

    I love Stuffing!!!!!!!

    9:42 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  229. AllergictoAll

    my favorite is mashed potatoes… mmm, and wild rice!

    10:25 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  230. KimberlyT

    I love stuffing with extra celery and hot dinner rolls!

    11:07 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  231. Geri

    My favorite holiday foods are cookies. I bake over 150 dozen during the holidays and give them away. Always trying new recipes and still keeping the favorites. Also, love anything with cranberries.

    11:30 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  232. Bev Kutner

    Mashed potatoes with fried onions and a hot dinner roll with butter. But I would not turn down any carbohydrate.

    11:31 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  233. JenT

    Mock meatloaf and mushroom gravy. Sooo good! I also love that people are always considerate and make some veggie stuffing for me.

    11:44 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  234. brandy

    Stuffing. It’s the only time of the year that I make it because hubby doesn’t like it. When he used to travel more I would eat a box of Stove Top for dinner…cause I’m so health conscious and all.

    11:46 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  235. Ellie from Kitchen Caravan

    Fresh cracked Dungeons Crab. My other favorite: Bagna Cauda – a hot anchovy, garlic and butter sauce used for dipping raw veggies. May sound crazy to some but I can’t get enough of it!

    12:59 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  236. Lisa C.

    Cranberry jelly. My mom makes it from scratch twice a year – Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s delicioius on your plate on the day, and even better the next day on a sandwich!

    5:22 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  237. Jennifer

    I don’t have one particular iteam that I love…. it’s the whole Thanksgiving meal!!!! I look forward to it every year!!!!

    7:05 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  238. Diane S. Keagy

    I just love your food blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8:00 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  239. rob

    Turkey. It’s the only time of year I get it.

    9:03 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  240. Sal's Girl

    Stuffing with giblet gravy!!!!

    11:26 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  241. marika

    greek stuffing with pine nuts, chestnuts and rice.

    11:44 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  242. Xana

    I am glad you managed to restore your recipes! I love your blog a lot!

    Two days ago I tried your apple gallete (which turned out fantastic and it was soo easy!) and the pizzas! I really enjoy your explanations and pictures! I would love to be able to picture my food in such a nice way!!

    Have a good day!

    2:06 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  243. Veronica

    I try to ring the changes a bit during the holiday season and not stick to the old traditional dishes. My new favourite holiday dish is a lighter alternative to the British Christmas pudding: individual mini ginger puddings with a yummy caramel and ginger sauce poured over them.

    2:13 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  244. meagan

    HOLY CANOLI!!! I do need to get of of the archives!! Tabbouleh looks fantastic too

    4:03 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  245. Jennie

    I love stuffing with graving. I was always look forward to all the fixings. 🙂

    9:13 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  246. Amy C.

    MASHED POTATOES! AKA my preferred method of gravy delivery.

    9:43 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  247. Caron

    I never would have thought to add persimmon to tabouleh but it sounds delicious. Very creative, my friend. Plus, good knifesmanship! Maybe because it’s such a cool knife???

    9:57 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  248. Shaheen

    Plum cake gets me into the holiday mood. I’ve seen this pretty knife before. It looks so classy!

    10:14 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  249. paula

    Sweet potato crunch casserole and trying a new cornbread dressing with cranberries, dried apple and pecans. I may have one really good knife. Would love to have more.

    10:27 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  250. Gina

    What a beautiful knife! Your blog is great, I am following you on twitter. My favorite holiday food I look forward to eating is my mother’s stuffing this Thanksgiving! I am sooooo looking forward to that day.

    10:32 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  251. Claudia

    so I think of things like foie gras and truffles and the stuff that I’d never really have during the year because it’s so decadent…
    actually, I think of these things a lot
    as in too much

    12:24 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  252. Christopher

    It’s a toss up for me between sweet potato casserole (walnuts and marshmallow style) and stuffing. I would love to see something incorporate the two, since I will usually just mix the two anyway…

    12:28 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  253. Elizabeth

    Along with the requisite favorite holiday food which is the Cranberry Upside
    Down Cake. Also have to mention another favorite…steamed, cubed rutabaga
    with butter, salt and pepper.

    12:41 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  254. Ingrid

    Hi, I’m originally from Austria and like to eat Vanilla Crescents at Christmas. They are my and my family’s favourite Christmas biscuits.

    12:51 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  255. Sara

    I look forward to eating tea time tassies which are little pastry cups of a walnut and brown sugar filling that we only make at Christmas.

    12:59 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  256. A.D.

    My fave thing for T-giving is my sister’s homemade cornbread dressing, made with homemade cornbread and chicken stock, and her giblet gravy. To die for!

    1:21 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  257. Carrie Oliver

    Hello! Gosh, last time I was number 5 or 6, guess I didn’t come back fast enough 🙂

    My favorite holiday meal: Dungeness crab with squeezed lemon, super high quality sourdough bread buttered and then toasted, Marcella Hazen’s pasta with smothered onion sauce, bottle of bubbly. A perfect Christmas or New Year’s dinner.

    3:00 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  258. Aaron

    Sounds like a great recipe and I could use a great knife. All of mine are from the combo packs at the stores. My Favorite holiday food is my Mom’s stuffing, which is actually more a dressing I guess. A 9×13 pan of that cooking is the BEST, especially as cold left overs.

    4:10 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
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