Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

by Samantha Scott
( November 22nd, 2014 )

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is officially less than a week away and though I’m sure you have everything organized and planned out because you’re all spectacular planners…on the off chance you are scrambling for ideas, here’s a list of some fun Thanksgiving turkey recipes. Happy cooking!

Pear-Thyme Brined Turkey

I was struck immediately by the title of this recipe because pears seem to be a heavily under-utilized winter fruit. They have such an exotic, tropical flavor which adds a wonderful element to so many dishes. And to use coupled with thyme seems just perfect!

Deep Fried Turkey

I have had deep fried turkey before and it is as heavenly as it sounds. It can have the tendency to be quite salty and little one-note after the novelty has worn off though. But it is well worth trying, and definitely a crowd pleaser!

Orange and Sage Roasted Turkey

Another unexpected fruit and herb combination. Sage is one of the most decadent herbs in my opinion and has such a delicate flavor, so coupling it with the vibrancy of orange is a fantastic idea. I love how prominent oranges are in winter cooking, they add such beautiful color and texture.

 Roast Turkey with Herbes-de-Provence Rub

Keeping it classic, herbes-de-provence has a mild, savory flavor which would let the richness of the turkey shine through.

What are some of your favorite fun Thanksgiving turkey recipes? Do you keep it traditional each year or do you like to branch out?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha 

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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WanderFood Wednesday: A Little Taste of France in San Francisco

by Samantha Scott
( November 18th, 2014 )

Croque Croissant at Rigolo Cafe, SF

Earlier this year I discovered my own little taste of France in San Francisco. Any restaurant that serves breakfast until 3:00pm, and has delicious coffee, is fine by me. And that is the case at Rigolo, a lovely little cafe in San Francisco that serves wonderful French food. When your day can start off with a delicious Croque Croissant, what can go wrong?

Croque Croissant

Sometimes classic French food is a little too sauce-heavy for me, but Rigolo keeps it fresh and light, with interesting flavors and delicious twists on classic French cuisine. The chef is a native of France and his influences span from countryside rustic French cooking to the sophisticated tastes of Paris. Many dishes are quite rich, but they are well balanced, so it’s never overwhelming.

Croque Croissant Breakfast at Rigolo, SF

The decor is whimsical without being over the top, there are high ceilings and a lot of natural light which adds to the laid back neighborhood feel. They focus on local produce and pastries, making this a truly charming spot, well worth a visit. They are located on busy California St, which goes from one end of town to the other so it’s an easy stop during a busy day in the city!

Fresh Pastries at Rigolo Cafe, SF

Do you have a favorite spot in your town that you visit for international flavors?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha


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WanderFood Wednesday: Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate

by Samantha Scott
( November 11th, 2014 )

Pomegranate Spiced Carrots

It is no secret that roasted vegetables are one of my favorite things in the world; must be a throw back to my mid-western ancestry. And when I want something on the slightly sweeter end I LOVE turning to roasted carrots. Aside from being sweet, they also have that lovely earthy taste that comes with all root vegetables. Being that they are sweeter, however, I was surprised to find a number of versions for Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate  floating around recently. In the pairing of both these quintessential winter items, I think the key must be in the spices. Cumin, coriander and cayenne (say that three times fast!) help balance the sweetness and add wonderful exotic undertones.

If you’re still looking for a Thanksgiving side dish or a delightful winter treat, this recipe will do the trick. And it’s easy to adjust according to taste. In the version pictured, from Pithy and Cleaver , they added pine nuts and didn’t have pomegranate molasses so used pomegranate juice instead.

Here is one version, adapted from Plum Pie via Food 52


1 lb Carrots, peeled

1 Tbsp Extra Version Olive Oil

Spices: ground cumin (1/4 tsp), ground coriander (1/8 tsp), cayenne (1/8 tsp)

1 tsp Pomegranate Molasses

Mint or Basil for garnish


1. Cut carrots lengthwise in half and toss together with spices and olive oil in a roasting pan

2. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn over and roast for another 5, or until tender

3. Remove from oven and toss with the Pomegranate Molasses. Be sure they are evenly coated and return to oven for 5 more minutes

4. For a splash of green, garnish with basil or mint

Serve hot

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credits

Pomegranate Spiced Carrots: Maggie via Flickr

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