Chile-Rubbed Thanksgiving Turkey

Every Thanksgiving presents the same question: how to transform a bland turkey into a flavorful show-stopping centerpiece. Well, this year, if you are looking for an amazing turkey recipe packed with flavor, this Mexican inspired chile-rubbed turkey is it! This rub is made from different dried chiles and best to be marinated overnight for maximum flavor, but even a marinade of a few hours will yield delicious turkey. This recipe makes plenty of marinade and you’ll have some left over for a smaller bird 10-13 pound bird. I hope you enjoy this one!

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Fall Salad with Roasted Pepitas and Tahini Dressing

This salad is all about this stellar creamy dressing made of tahini and toasted pumpkin seeds. It has no dairy, but is packed with so much flavor. I’ve been obsessed with making dressings with seeds and nuts lately, but the dressings often require quite a lot of ingredients and work. You can make this dressing ahead of time so it’s the perfect recipe for a special meal or Thanksgiving dinner. This dressing goes well with just about anything, but pairs particularly well with dark greens and raw shaved cauliflower (my newest obsession in salads– I love the texture of raw shaved cauliflower!). I like to top mine with more crunchy pumpkin seeds and sweet pomegranate seeds, but you can really personalize this with whatever you’d like and add other fall vegetables like roasted squash.

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It’s Tailgate Season!

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon spent outdoors, tailgating with friends before a big event, on a crisp, fall day. Today we’re showing you how to plus up your tailgate, while still keeping some of the old school traditions alive. It’s surprising how easy it can be to elevate your tailgate with just a couple of upgrades that will certainly make your space stand out and be the place that everyone wants to be. So go ahead — find that perfect parking spot, fire up the grill and crack open a cold one– tailgating season is here.

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Sweet Potato Tacos

I don’t think tacos on your Thanksgiving menu is going to be a hard sell, but let me make a case for these sweet potato tacos anyway. These are very loosely based on my favorite taco truck in LA, Guerilla Tacos. If you’re a taco lover living in LA, you’ve probably had them. I say “loosely based” because I’ve really taken some liberties with the recipe, but the same great flavors are there. The base of these tacos are roasted sweet potatoes and leeks cooked soft in lots of butter. The almond-chile salsa is probably my favorite here– warning it is spicy so use sparingly! It’s all topped with sour quick-pickled onions and tangy creamy French feta. Before you serve these, be sure to toast any store-bought corn tortillas. I simply toast them directly over a stove flame for a minute or so on each side until they’re soft pliable and just ever so slightly charred. I’m telling you these will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table!

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Oaxaca Old Fashioned – Happy Halloween!!

Fiona is dressing up as a ladybug for Halloween this year, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Audrey made the costume from scratch, which is awesome, but part of me wishes she was a bit more ghoulish. Why not a zombie ladybug?! Eh, I guess she is only two . . . there’s time. Speaking of ghoulish, I thought it would be fun to unleash one of the skeletons from the closet and put him to work (his name is Fred – don’t ask). Fred’s bartending skills were rather raw, his technique a bit rigid, and conversation painfully hollow, but in the end he executed the cocktail to perfection. This modern classic is a Phil Ward original (Death & Co, Mayahuel), an agave lover’s ode to the Old Fashioned, and one of the cocktails that helped put mezcal back on the map.

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DIY Eyeball Candy Boxes

Everyone knows that the best part about trick-or-treating on Halloween is coming home to pick the best assortment of treats from your plastic pumpkin. And if your parents were like mine, you were also only allowed to keep a small, yet reasonable, amount of candy from your hard earned loot. Clearly, Halloween candy is meant to be taken seriously, which is why I’m always thinking of fun and unique ways to make the holiday extra special for kids – and adults. This year, I’m super excited to be giving out these spooky paper maché eyeball boxes, filled with an assortment of my all time favorite candy HI-CHEW! I only wish I could see the kids’ reactions as they open their boxes to reveal a handful of the fruitiest and chewiest candy, in some of my most preferred flavors like mango, strawberry and melon. #Winning.

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