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Five Thanksgiving Appetizers

It's that time of year again.  The holiday season is kicking into full throttle.  If you are like me you are spending a significant amount of time these days thinking about holiday menus, making shopping lists, and planning your holiday preparation.   Have you decided what appetizers you will serve this Thanksgiving?  If not, I've assembled some suggestions from you. Five Appetizer Recipes to Rock Thanksgiving Rock Your Thanksgiving with These Appetizers This is a list of five of my favorite appetizers. They are tried and true party pleasers.  Choose the one or two that best represent the flavor preferences of your family and you can't go wrong.

Three Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas to Make Ahead

Thanksgiving morning will be here before you know it. Yes, the holiday is coming.  You want it to be special, but hey, there's a lot of cooking to be done.  No one wants to start with a complicated breakfast!  Here are three suggestions for some special breakfast items that you can make ahead.  That way you can relax a little and have a special Thanksgiving breakfast without throwing off your dinner schedule. Fall Breakfast-Cranberry Bread, Cran-apple Muffins, Pumpkin Scones #1  Cranberry Bread Serves 12 Cranberry Bread Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped 3/4 cup fresh orange juice Zest of one orange 1 large egg, beaten 1/2 cup chopped nuts Raw sugar, for topping, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sa

The Best, Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food has been a favorite on my menu lately.  You know this if you've been following along regularly.  Trying times call for comfort food, don't you agree? Chicken pot pie has been on my menu rotation lately.  It's been an easy meal to prepare and oh, so comforting to eat.  You’ll be surprised just how easy it is make chicken pot pie from scratch.   Here are some keys to an easy, yummy chicken pot pie. Three Ways to Make Chicken Pot Pie Easy 1. Make chicken pot pie when you have leftover chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken. 2. Use your favorite brand of prepared pie crust. Making your own pie crust from scratch is wonderful, but not the quickest, easiest option. 3. Use a package of frozen mixed vegetables . I like a mixture of carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. Four Keys to Yummy Chicken Pot Pie 1. Use chicken stock instead of chicken broth. If you have homemade chicken stock on hand you are in luck.  Otherwise, use your favor

Pumpkin Scones

Are you ready for another pumpkin recipe?  After all, it is pumpkin month, right?  Isn't October pumpkin month?  Well, it is at my house.  As a result, I've had pumpkin on my mind. I recently caught a glimpse of some pumpkin scones at one of my favorite local coffee shops.  I looked but didn't sample the day I saw them.  That's always dangerous because the thought of those scones got stuck in my brain in the same way the song, Mama Mia, just won't leave me after I hear it.  You know what I mean, don't you? Scones are a funny baked good.  They seem like a cross between a biscuit and a muffin.  At their best, scones have a crisp exterior with a soft, tender crumb.  Scones are lovely with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Making scones is surprisingly easy.  The one key to successful scones is not to overwork your batter.  Just stir until the mixture just comes together. Freezing unbaked scones makes it possible to have a warm scone with your morning coffee any time

How to Make a Perfect Roast Chicken Every Time

You can make a perfect roast chicken. Roasting a whole chicken at home is easy. Follow a few basic steps and you'll know how to roast a perfect chicken every time.      If you are a regular reader here at Just One Donna, you know I'm all about food that is delicious, easy to prepare, and good for you.  A roasted chicken fits all of those requirements.  What's more, the leftovers will be great for additional meals during the week. Easy Oven-Roasted Chicken We use affiliate links and receive a small compensation to support publishing this blog when you shop. Donna's Easy Roasted Chicken Getting into the habit of roasting a chicken every weekend is just good meal management for busy people.  Having a roasted chicken in your fridge means you'll always have the start of a delicious meal ready to go.  Leftovers are easily turned into a delicious chicken salad, chicken soup, chicken tacos, chicken pot pie, and more. Those grocery store rotisserie chickens a

Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Just as soon as the calendar flipped to October I predictably started craving all things pumpkin.  Today's recipe is a twofer because this one recipe makes either pumpkin bread, muffins, or both.  Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins This post includes affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping Choose whichever form of baked good you prefer and this one recipe will be all that you need.  If you are like me, you'll choose to make a loaf of pumpkin bread  and  a dozen streusel-topped muffins and get the best of both worlds.

One-Pot American Chop Suey

Whether you call it American Chop Suey or Goulash, this dish is sure to please both the kids and adults at your dinner table. You'll be happy because this is truly a one-pot recipe that is ready to serve in about 40 minutes. How great is that? You'll also love that this recipe makes enough to feed at least eight people.  That makes it perfect for a family dinner or to eat now and freeze for later. American Chop Suey   When you shop using the affiliate links we receive compensation. You'll love that you can make American Chop Suey in one pot on top of your stove, or like me in a Ninja Cooking System using the stovetop setting.  I like using the Ninja Cooking System because I often make this for family dinners and switch to the buffet setting on the Ninja after it is done cooking to keep it warm for seconds helpings.  When making this dish in a pot on your stovetop, choose a heavy pot, like a Dutch oven. That will all