Foodie Favorites – November 19, 2014

foodie favorites - november 19, 2014 // my bacon-wrapped life

Healthy recipe testing for those post-Thanksgiving I-can’t-eat-any-more-pie days!

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I am SO EXCITED for Thanksgiving! We are heading home for a full 5 days, and I am absolutely giddy about it. Not only do we get to see my family (and my dog), but also I am certainly not complaining about a small break from Chi-beria. After 2 weeks of bitter cold, I’m ready for winter to be over already! (Well. Maybe after Christmas.) Anyways, on to Foodie Favorites!

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Sausage and Apple Pretzel Bread Stuffing

sausage and apple pretzel bread stuffing // my bacon-wrapped lifeAnother day, another pork-based Thanksgiving recipe. What can I say? It just makes everything better. I know you understand.

Last week we went a little non-traditional with some pancetta mac n’ cheese and it was seriously delicious. This week’s Thanksgiving side is definitely more traditional – a sausage and apple stuffing with all the fixin’s – with one critical sassy twist: PRETZEL BREAD. And guys, it’s so, so good. I can never go back.

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Foodie Favorites – November 13, 2014

foodie favorites - november 13, 2014 // my bacon-wrapped life

My favorite sandwich in the entire world – the California Dreamin’ from Bat 17

Hi everyone! How’s your week going? Are you already planning out your Thanksgiving menus, too? If you need any ideas, may I suggest pumpkin pie? Or the best broccoli casserole ever? Or some homemade dinner rolls? Or pancetta mac n’ cheese perhaps? OK I’ll stop. I’m just so excited! My mom and I have finalized our menu and I’ll be putting together a shopping list this week. I’ll make sure to share with you what I’m planning on making in next week’s round-up. On to Foodie Favorites!

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Skillet Baked Pancetta Macaroni and Cheese

skillet baked pancetta macaroni and cheese // my bacon-wrapped life

I have an important question for you: how do you feel about mac n’ cheese at Thanksgiving?

Personally, I’m all for a little Thanksgiving adventurousness and like to try at least a few new recipes each year. And if that adventurousness involves pasta, cheese, and big hunks of meaty Italian bacon, I’m even more on-board. But I know many, many Thanksgiving purists too, and that’s totally cool! If you’re in the traditional turkey/gravy/stuffing/mashed potatoes/sweet potato casserole no-weird-stuff-no-way-no-how camp, stick around because I have an awesome classic Turkey day side recipe comin’ atcha next week, so just hold tight up in here.

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