Need Inspiration for “Easy” Holiday
Appetizers, Sides, Main Courses, Deserts and Drinks?

By:  David M. Frees III

Need a last minute idea for Thanksgiving (or other holiday), appetizers, side dishes or main courses, desserts or even hot drinks or festive cocktails?

We’ve got you covered…

We're giving thanks this year for you, our loyal friends, family, and clients!

And we know, from your notes and comments,  that you always enjoy our newsletter recipes - so here are a few more great ideas for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

This year we’ve created a special curated collection of some of our favorites in each of the following categories:

Gravy, Appetizers, Side Dishes, Main Courses, Desserts, and Drinks

Enjoy and remember that we’ll have an updated Christmas/Holiday selection [there’s no reason that Jews and Gentiles alike cannot enjoy the emotional and culinary thrill of a well cooked latke (potato pancake) ] so keep your eyes peeled for it in the weeks ahead.

Click on the pictures to get recipes/watch video:



New addition to our collection of recipes - a great gravy can hide an overcooked turkey!  We are sharing a really, really good one from Butcher Box.



Our philosophy here at UTBF is that “simpler is better” and the turkey or other main courses should be the star.  I know that “simpler is better” does not seem to apply to your estate planning documents (which can seem quite long), but in that case, more IS sometimes better.

Having said that, here are a few really quick and easy ideas. 


Pimento Cheese With Crackers

Pimento Cheese Photo Courtesy of Womans Day


Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Wrapped In Bacon

Stuffed Dates Photo Courtesy of

Here’s an old one but a really good one. And it’s so easy.  Enjoy!


Chilled Shrimp Cocktail With Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp Photo Courtesy of The

Here’s a link to one of the classics.  By the way do you steam, boil, or grill them shrimp?  Let us know.


Warmed Spiced/Savory Nuts

Savory Nuts Photo Courtesy of Womans Day


How about 50 more?


Ok…Seriously…this is it.  How about 55 more?

Photo Courtesy of



What holiday dinner is complete without loads of tasty side dishes to compliment the star of the show – turkey?  But sometimes, they’re an afterthought.  So here are a few traditional sides to consider for this year’s feast.


Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Mini (or better yet big) Marshmallows

Sweet Potato Photo Courtesy of

You can cheat on this and buy pre-mashed sweet potatoes sold wherever mashed potatoes are sold).  It’s out little secret.  But, if you do, make sure to add a little vanilla and cinnamon.


Potato Stuffing

Potato Stuffing Photo Courtesy of Taste of Home

Love mashed potatoes and stuffing?  Get the best of both worlds in a single delicious dish.


Roasted or Pan Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Sprouts Photo Courtesy of

Not everyone’s cup of tea, the Brussels sprout can be fantastic with a Thanksgiving dinner.


Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Baked Veggie Photo Courtesy of Food Network

Easy enough but here’s a quick link to save you time and trouble on the prep and oven temperature.



Got a friend or family member who’s “not all about the turkey?”  Try one or more of these as alternatives or as an additional main course.


Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon Photo Courtesy of Food Network

Ok. Not everyone loves turkey.  It’s a nice and easy alternative or extra.


“Thanksgiving” Ham?

Baked Ham Photo Courtesy of

Sure it’s not traditional and these ham recipes say “Easter.”  But they’re all delicious and would make a great alternative or supplement.


Here are more ham ideas:

Baked Ham Photo Courtesy of



Not just 1 but 8 yummy filet recipes. Some are harder than others.



Ok!  We know you have your favorites.  But here are a few to “throw in to the” mix if you’re looking for a new second or third to try.

A Collection Of Pies, Cakes and No Bake Desserts

Click here for a few favorites and alternatives for the bakers AND the non-bakers out there.


[VIDEO] Need to know how to make a perfect piecrust?

Perfect Pie Crust Photo Courtesy of Food Network


[VIDEO] Want to make four pies in one?

Four Pies In One Photo Courtesy of Food Network


[VIDEO] Go Big Or Go Home With This Ultimate Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake Photo Courtesy of Food Network


Apple Spice Cake with Icing

Iced Apple Spice Cake Photo Courtesy of Food Network


[VIDEO] Pumpkin Gelato

Pumpkin Gelato Photo Courtesy of Food Network


Thanksgiving Drinks:

Here, we feel like people aren’t as locked into the same old regulars or the traditional.  So, we took some liberties and suggested a few unique but interesting choices.

Here’s a link to fifty holiday hot and cold drinks to keep you and your guests happy and warm.

Hot Drinks and Cocktails Photo Courtesy of Food Network


From all of us at UTBF…we hope you enjoy the holidays, especially the time with your family and the great food that surrounds the holidays. Be well.


David M. Frees, III
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