Many cooks focus on brining, baking, basting, and deep frying their main dishes into perfection during the holiday season. But it’s also a great time to play with your fruits and veggies and let your side dishes shine!  

Beyond Green Bean Casserole
While your spread is likely to feature some variation of Aunt Margaret’s favorite green bean casserole, consider adding some unique side dishes to the table. Check out these fun and festive recipe ideas from Popsugar including Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts and Jalapeno and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Candied Acorn Squash Rings (

Stuffing Versus Dressing
Do you know the different between stuffing and dressing?  Stuffing is cooked inside of the bird and dressing is cooked outside of the bird. Peoples preferences are often based on texture and tradition. Whether you are #teamstuffing or #teamdressing, remember to add flavorful dried fruit to your mix.

Food, Wine and Travel blogger Marlynn Schotland of Urbanblisslife made this tasty dressing recipe featuring our dried cranberries and cherries in her Thanksgiving recipe: Wild Rice Dressing with Cranberries, Cherries, and Pecans. Get the recipe at

Your friends and family will surely “gobble gobble” this one up!