I know it’s been awhile since I have posted. I have been so busy with the publication of my cookbook, Mariooch’s Kitchen – Food That Will Gather Your Family, as well as the promotional aspect associated with it. It’s so much work, but worth it. It’s been a fun journey and I am so happy to share this book with you. I hope you have already picked up a copy of it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com or ibook.

Thanksgiving is a fun holiday to celebrate with friends and family.  Fend off everyone’s hunger with this Butternut Squash Soup. Have it ready to go when guests arrive.  Put it in a large pot with small bowls for serving and chunks of Italian bread on the side for dipping.  This will set the tone for the rest of your day…it will warm everyone up and keep them satisfied until you serve your Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving tips: Prepare any sweet potatoes or stuffing (bread or potato) the day before. Prep your desserts like pumpkin or apple pie a day or two ahead. Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator (not the counter!) or buy a fresh one.  Roast your turkey with a tin foil tent, so it doesn’t make a mess in your oven and the last hour uncover it to get it crispy. Put some butter under the skin to make it extra flavorful. Cooking without stuffing will permit the turkey to cook faster.  Be sure have a meat thermometer and test away from any bone. Check out foodsafety.gov for safe handling of raw poultry and safe cooking temperatures.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!



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