Before we dive all the way into my very favorite season – cooking season – I’m celebrating my friends with everything good in life (see: title).
Christmas is my time with family, Thanksgiving is my time with friends. No matter how long it’s been – we spread out across the country after college – I love these women so deeply and it is always such a joy to be with them.
Wine night is the perfect evening for catching up even during the busy holiday season because there’s no cooking involved.
I got all this goodness at Trader Joe’s and Costco (my two loves) while I was already there picking up Friendsgiving groceries. There’s a wide range of salty, sweet, tart, and savory flavors. Nothing needs heated, baked, chilled, or coddled – just unwrapped and placed on the table, dishes optional. More time for chatting and relaxing!
Still need some last-minute suggestions for your own Thanksgiving? I’m making my mom’s traditional oyster stuffing just like every year – it’s not Thanksgiving without it. Ree’s burgundy mushrooms are to-die-for amazing and, as this is the third year in a row it’s earned a place in the Thanksgiving spread, I’m pretty sure it’s a tradition now too.
Other holiday favorites:
Candied pecan bleu cheese cranberry salad, because all salads should have crispy candied nuts in them, obviously. This salad is so perfect for every holiday party.
Serve the most amazing punched-up mashed potatoes with bleu cheese and roasted apples. It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s going to have everyone asking for the recipe.
Spiced fall sangria gets everyone in the spirit – plus, bonus, you can do all the work ahead of time and have it ready to pour!
And just in case you’re wondering… the secret to perfectly flaky pie crust is booze.
I hope you’re able to spend time with your favorite people this week! Pop open a bottle or three, set out some fancy soft cheese, and tear into a big baguette. Pour, sip, relax, repeat.