Seasonal Sundays (Week 46 Mid November)

A quick read, recipes for all of November, not just Thanksgiving; why I love crows; commemorating the Marine Corps birthday; as usual, more recipe and life ideas for right now, the height of fall and still almost three weeks before Thanksgiving.
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and ideas for November, including Thanksgiving.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays!

So much to share today, because there's no denying it now, Thanksgiving is around the corner. Even if it's just one day, it's a big one food-wise and for anyone who's hosting, takes planning as well as execution. I'm here to help!

And in the mean time, let's feed the people we love ... all the other 29 days.

I ♥ Crows

Did you know?

  • A gathering of crows isn't a flock, it's a murder of crows
  • Young crows help their parents raise younger siblings
  • Crows make and use tools!
  • Crows recognize human faces (and pass along the information to offspring and peers) and distinguish between "dangerous" faces and "safe" faces for years
  • Crows gather around a crow that's died, a sort of autopsy to identify the cause of death
  • Crows mate for life practice monogamy-ish



Pick One is for those of us who are overwhelmed by life's choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I rely on myself all the time.

Crazy-Smooth Crazy-Good Hummus ♥, simple hummus, perfected with three special techniques. Vegan and lower-fat.

For better hummus, I'm going to ask you to trust me and cook the chickpeas yourself, from scratch. It makes a huge difference.

And from there, I've got two ways to use the chickpeas, my fridge is rarely without at least one of these.

"Thank You for Your Service"

Apples and an American flag for Veterans Day, commemorating Veterans Day for Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of easy family recipes for fall plus ideas for the home and life.

Today is the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Last night, my husband and I gathered with family, friends and fellow Marines to observe the Marine Corps birthday, an annual celebration of tradition, reverence and heritage. There are swords and speeches, it's an evening of symbolism small and large, including a table for one with an empty chair, the "missing man table" which remembers fallen, missing or imprisoned comrades.

My own father is a veteran of World War II and he still wears caps that identify the battleships on which he served in the South Pacific. When we're out, nearly always someone will stop to speak to him, some times just offering, "Thank you for your service."

Nearly always, he looks up and speaks with humility, "It's an honor to serve one's country."

Thank a veteran today ... and every day. We owe them our very democracy.

Learn more about the Marine Corps birthday

Something For Supper & the Soup Pot Both

Greek Lentil Soup ♥, a simple lentil soup, cooked in broth scented with bay leaf, garlic, rosemary and a surprise ingredient, cinnamon. Vegan. Low Carb. Very Weight Watchers Friendly.

Big lunch? Make a light supper. This is such a simple soup but the broth is a real surprise.

Greek Lentil Soup, vegan goodness scented with cinnamon.

Something (Retro) Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad, another simple seasonal salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, very retro. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. And just slightly pickle-y ... and addictive.

Oh my, you're not going to believe this salad, not from me, the queen of fresh vegetables.

But it's slightly pickle-y ... and addictive.

Marinated Vegetable Salad, retro good!

My Instant Pot Is So Useful ... for Collecting Dust

A Canadian reader wrote to say she planned to make Sweet 'n' Hot Chicken for dinner, then suggested, "Would you include a soup etc for the Instant Pot?" (Hi, Fran!)

I do have an Instant Pot, my husband gave me one for Christmas two years ago.

And ....

... it's been used exactly once and even then, by my sister visiting from out of town.

And ... in my defense, he hasn't used my Christmas gift to him, either!

So I'm not a naysayer about Instant Pots, I'm just puzzled by their appeal.

  • Size – They're enormous, those Instant Pots! Where do you even put the behemoths? We have a sizeable kitchen and the Instant Pot fits only a single cupboard. It's too big and too ugly to leave on the counter.
  • Utility – Everything the Instant Pot does well, I already have figured out in pots that are already being used day in and day out.
  • Slow Cooking Specifically – I'm no fan of slow cookers in general. To my taste, they muddle all the flavors together. (I do have a few slow cooker recipes where at least the first issue isn't, well, an issue.) Plus the equipment variability/unreliability is super frustrating. I am a fan of what I call "slow cooking in the oven," you'll see this option in lots of my recipes.

But listen, convince me, okay? What can I make that will change my mind and turn me into an Instant Pot believer?

Any parents of college kids here? My friend Kirsten (our moms went to university together, her mom introduced my parents!) sent her son off to school with an Instant Pot, armed with campus-friendly recipes. Fun, eh?

November's Fence Straddlers

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

I have t-o-n-s of recipes of probably-Thanksgiving-only recipes.

But a Thirty-Days-Has-November mindset got me to taking a second look at the recipes in my collection which could work for Thanksgiving but don't shout Thanksgiving in the way the World's Best Green Bean Casserole or a Sweet Potato Casserole would.

So here are three recipe ideas for the 29 days that aren't Thanksgiving.


How to Make Swedish Rye Bread in a Bread Machine of By Hand ♥, the traditional recipe, slightly sweet, bright with orange, anise and caraway. Recipes, many insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

"My gosh, what delicious bread!"an anonymous but happy reader wrote last week. Thanks for letting me know, my fellow bread maker!

Swedish Rye Bread, slightly sweet, densely delicious

Something Sweet

Autumn Pumpkin Bread ♥, moist, flavorful pumpkin bread, my forever-favorite recipe. Recipe, tips, variations, nutrition & WW Weight Watchers points included.

I've been making this pumpkin bread so long, it was one of the first handful of recipes published back in 2002 when I first launched Kitchen Parade as a syndicated print column!

And it still stands the test of time ...

Autumn Pumpkin Bread, moist and flavorful, freezes beautifully.

Something New

Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts ♥ A Veggie Venture. A Fall Classic. Just Five Ingredients. Simple Enough for Everyday, Sumptuous Enough for Occasions. Low Carb. Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free.

These are the very first roasted green beans I've ever loved! (And I've tried so so many times with other techniques.)

Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts, super simple, roasted at extra high heat.

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