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Great Thanksgiving Sides

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  The crisper weather of the fall is here, even in the Low Country! Traditional foods are fun, remembering many foods from the original celebration, often healthier than what we may be used to eating! 


While the turkey is the center of many tables, we have included vegetarian side dishes so vegetarians (as well as everyone else!) can enjoy an equally wonderful meal.

The Maple Cranberry Sauce shown below is one of 9 side course recipes we share below! And of course these recipes are delish all fall and winter long.

Foodie Lit


On her 15th birthday, Brigit Quinn’s mother gives her a large leather journal written by the women in her family, beginning on Sept.19, 1324.  As Brigit begins to read, “Part way through my fingers tingled and my room blurred away.” The words change to a visualization with Brigit witnessing what happened to her ancestor.  She reads, “If only words you see before ye/Then alas you are not worthy.”


Is Brigit worthy of the gifts she receives?  Brigit finds strength within the force of her family and history. As Brigit reads about the crises of her female ancestors, this ancient journal, with a little bit of magic, helps Brigit find her own way. 

The Lavender Tea Bread paired with this review was a ht at our house--you'll love it too!

Maple Cranberry Sauce

8 ounces fresh cranberries

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup apple juice

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon all spice

1 teaspoon all spice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Add all ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil, the reduce heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes.

  2. Cool and serve or refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

expandthetable suggestions

Try some other sweeteners: brown sugar, white sugar, honey, agave syrup, Stevia.

Add some elegance:  Add 1-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier in place of apple juice.

Cinnamon Traditions: Replace allspice with cinnamon

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Pilaf in a Pumpkin

A beautiful autumn presentation of pilaf or your favorite vegies, stews or chilis.

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Mushroom Bourgigno

The elegant flavors of a bourgignon without the meat. A full meal or a wonderful side.

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Ratatouille Tart

The traditional French Ratatouille transformed into a tart. Use dairy free cheese to keep it vegan.

Great Thanksgiving Sides

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Mini Corn Fritters with Red Pepper Aioli

Corn Fritters with

Red Pepper Aioli  These fritters are great for a side dish or plated appetizer. Place sauce in a squirt bottle for a decorative presentation and easy serving.

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Potato-Cauliflower Salad

My dad’s fabulous potato salad with some carb saving cauliflower that tastes as good as the original!

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Grain Salad

Perfect to a pot-luck Thanksgiving. This grain salad is satisfying as a main course or a small amount for a delish side.

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Roasted Pumpkin

with Cranberries

The sweet flavors of roasted pumpkin and maple syrup meld with the cranberries' tartness. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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