Easy no-cook Thanksgiving: Tampa Restaurants and caterers that are open Thanksgiving Day {updated}

Still stumped about what to make for Thanksgiving? How about reservations? The Palm, The Columbia in Ybor City and Cassis American Brasserie in downtown St. Petersburg are all serving Thanksgiving feasts. Open Table has an up-to-the-minute list and you can make reservation on their site. Also, one of our favorite spots in Tampa Bay, The […]

How to throw a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner party

This is M & Co.’s first year hosting Thanksgiving at our house.  It looks like we are going to have a houseful and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate my favorite holiday! Family members probably think I didn’t detect the sounds of concern in their voice when I said that I was hosting Thanksgiving […]

Sometimes simple holiday traditions are the most memorable

One of my favorite things about the holidays is hearing about other people’s family traditions. In a culture where crackberries and twitter keeps us ever-evolving and virtual, there’s a simple satisfaction in connecting one-on-one, sharing deep-rooted traditions that aren’t subject to mainstream whims. In my family, Christmas Eve is the big event of the year. […]

Easy Thanksgiving recipe: Butternut Squash Bisque

You only have one chance to make a first impression, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. This amazing (and easy) Butternut Squash Bisque from Chef Debbie Frangipane is the perfect Thanksgiving starter. It can be made ahead of time and gives the cook a few extra minutes in the kitchen to assemble last minute […]

Easy Thanksgiving cocktail that puts the fun back in dysfunction

We’ve mentioned our secret to getting through Thanksgiving dinner without having the turkey thrown out the window (yep, that’s happened in our family) or the electric knife being used as a weapon in response to repeated comments like “my mashed potatoes aren’t hot enough” (insert shrill, whiny voice here). This easy Thanksgiving cocktail—pairing the quintessential […]

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey recipe with Florida Flair

Looking to add some regional zing to your turkey this year? This Thanksgiving turkey recipe pairs a traditional roasted turkey with Cuban mojo flavors, making it the perfect Florida turkey. While this recipe is a bit more time intensive than straight-up roasting since the turkey has to marinate in brine for 8-24 hours prior to […]

Easy Thanksgiving Dinner recipes to save you from being a kitchen slave this Thanksgiving

Julia Child said that the best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. While we’ve adopted the same philosophy for cooking Thanksgiving dinner, these days, the prospect of having to cook for and entertain a houseful of people doesn’t HAVE to drive the […]

In the spirit of the Holidays, does a “Take what you need. Leave your fair share” business model make sense? Panera thinks so.

Imagine rolling into your neighborhood Panera Bread Company and ordering your usual pumpkin latte, panini or a cup of soup- but when you reach the cashier at the end of the line to pay, instead of being told what you owe, the woman behind the counter encourages you to, “take what you need, leave your […]

What IS the Feast of the Seven Fishes? When I reference this Christmas Eve tradition that runs deep in Italian families, many times I get a blank stare or a reaction of,  “huh, SEVEN?” Mario Batali best described this tradition as “what Italians do when they say they’re fasting.”  Since fasting in my family is […]

Thanksgiving is the ultimate foodie holiday. Relatively uncommericalized, it has remained predominately about the three F’s: Family, Food and Football—quite possibly my three most favorite things. Sadly this year, I won’t be fighting my sister for wishbone dominance or helping my Mom in the kitchen, but I’ll be with them in spirit. As one of […]