Five Spicy Recipes: Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Ok folks, I’m on appetizer duty for Thanksgiving so I need to bring at least one spicy dish. My family doesn’t really make spicy dishes, especially not on major holidays so it’s up to me to supply the goods! So this week I’m sharing with you five spicy recipes that I think would make awesome appetizers for Thanksgiving. Which of these should I make? I’m leaning towards the baked stuffed jalapenos or maybe the hush puppies but that bacon is calling me! Aggh decisions, decisions…. Any suggestions?

What are you making this Thanksgiving? Please do share!


1.What’s better than jalapeno poppers? Baked Stuff Jalapenos from Simply Recipes! I’m definitely making these for Thanksgiving.     2. How about these perfect little bites? Cheesy, spicy goodness in this tiny Sausage Jalapeno Hushpuppies from Shutterbean.     3. Turn up the heat in classic deviled eggs by making these Sriracha Wasabi Deviled Eggs from Food and Wine.     4. These Chili Spiced Almonds from My Recipes will be great to snack on if you don’t want to get too full before dinner.     5. Oh bacon, how can we resist you! These Spicy Beer Candied Bacon recipe from Bite By Michelle will be impossible to pass up.






What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope you’re all having a wonderful time where ever you are! I usually take this time to reflect and think about the things I’m thankful for and not just because it’s Thanksgiving here in the states but because its getting closer to the end of yet another year and also the beginning of new possibilities. All I know for sure is that without friends and family my world wouldn’t be complete and I’m so thankful to have them in my life. Thankful to have close knit family and friends that have carried me through difficult times and also given me the truth when I least wanted to hear it.


I’m also thankful for awesome neighbors who shovel my snow before I get up in the morning, or pull out my trash cans on garbage pick-up days. Thankful for the smiling faces during my morning drive, ferry and subway commute to work, and that I have a job to get to. I’m thankful for the roof over my head, for having heat, electricity, good coffee in the morning, and for that Barista that draws a pretty leaf in my foam. Thankful for you, my readers, who have been supportive with your comments, views, likes and follows…Thank You so much! I’m thankful for so many things but most importantly, I’m thankful for the simple and basic things in life, all interconnected and interwoven, filling life’s tapestry, one thread at a time. Thanks and be well.

Six Spicy Turkey Recipes To Perk Up Your Thanksgiving

Have you decided on how you’re going to make your turkey for Thanksgiving? You might already have your tried and true recipe that’s been in the family for years but if you want to try something different check out these spicy turkey recipes! I love a flavorful and juicy turkey and these recipes will be sure to add some zest to that old and boring turkey recipe. From fried creole turkey to an ancho chile rubbed turkey, these kicked up recipes will be a huge hit at your Thanksgiving dinner. How will you season your turkey?

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1. Creole Deep Fried Turkey from Southern Living, photo credit: Lain Bagwell, styling: Lydia Degaris Purcell. 2. Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing and Gravy from Saveur, photo credit: Todd Coleman.

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3. Spice-Rubbed Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Gravy from Country Living, photo credit: Ray Kachatorian. 4. Apple Poblano Whole Roast Turkey from Cooking Light, photo credit: Oxmoor House.

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5. Spice Rubbed Roast Turkey from Martha Stewart.  6. Paprika Glazed Turkey with Pumpkin Seed Bread Salad from Food and Wine, photo credit: Frances Janisch.