Last weeked, I wanted to make a somewhat festive breakfast. I've had my eye on Gooseberry Patch's Gingerbread Pancakes recipe for almost a year (from the "Christmas in the Country" cookbook).
I've been checking my calendar in disbelief - it's now one week until Thanksgiving.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like pie, so here's Anita Dukeman's story about her quest for the perfect apple pie. Make sure you check out her "recipe" for the perfect pie crust.
I've always heard about brining turkeys - I have a habit of checking out from the library Martha Stewart's entire DVD filled with years of her Thanksgiving episodes.
So when Champaign resident Marjorie Willliams mentioned that she found a great brining recipe, I begged her to share. Here it is.
Recently, The News-Gazette's Mary Schenk shared her recipe for Apple Squares. She and I debated over whether you need to peel apples before baking with them. She swears you do; I say it takes most of the nutritional value out of them. We agreed to disagree.
The thing I love about Thanksgiving recipes is that while many families seem to have their staples, you can always find delicious variations.
Champaign resident Amy Armstrong says she's picky about seven-layer salads, but swears this one is perfect and is even delicious left over.
"I am liberal with this so I make a ton," she said. "Double it and you won't regret the leftovers the next day. Weird because usually salad gets too soggy but not this one."
I am so happy today to share some of readers' Thanksgiving stories and cooking strategies.
This recipe is from my sister-in-law Emily Speight - she got it from a co-worker. My mother-in-law cooked it last year for Thanksgiving, and it was delicious.
Whenever we finish a big project - in this case, a privacy fence in our backyard made out of doors - I thin