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Cranberry Turkey Mozzarella Pull Apart Bread

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey & cranberry sauce is made into a delicious pull apart bread recipe filled with mozzarella cheese & topped with rosemary butter!

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey & cranberry sauce is made into a delicious pull apart bread recipe filled with mozzarella cheese & topped with rosemary butter!

Thanksgiving weekend has officially come to an end and if you’re like me, you probably have a refrigerator full of leftover turkey. Now it’s time to take that leftover turkey and re-purpose it into this delicious pull apart bread recipe filled with turkey, cranberry sauce and mozzarella cheese!

It’s so easy to make, it only takes 10 minutes to prep and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser! The melted rosemary butter poured over the bread really sets this recipe over the top!

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Stuffing Biscuits

Satisfy your stuffing cravings anytime of the year with this quick & easy stuffing biscuit recipe, perfect for breakfast or making turkey sliders with Thanksgiving leftovers!

Satisfy your stuffing cravings anytime of the year with this quick & easy stuffing biscuit recipe, perfect for breakfast or making turkey sliders with Thanksgiving leftovers!

It’s the week of Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for! I’m building my dream home with the most wonderful man in the world (I might be slightly biased ;-)), I have an amazing family, the best friends a girl could ask for and my job is sharing delicious recipes with the world, which in my opinion, is the best job in the world!

In fact, as of today, this easy stuffing biscuit recipe is my 1,000 post!!

That’s 1,000 times I’ve sat down with my laptop and shared my words, pictures, recipes and inspiration on this blog.

It’s crazy that what started with this 3 sentence first post, and this first recipe post for Creamy Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, has turned into a full time career, writing for the Today Show, appearances on TV stations across the country, a cookbook deal and so much more!

I thought it would be fun on this 1,000 blog post to look back on 10 fun facts about my blogging journey, from my most popular recipes to the many different opportunities that have come my way through blogging!

  1. The blog was originally called Little Leopard Book, named after a leopard print notebook I used to carry around and write ideas in. I rebranded in August 2015 to WhitneyBond.com.
  2. The 5 recipes that I make regularly at home for dinner are One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Indian Butter Chicken, Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs, One Pot Mediterranean Beef & Macaroni and Italian Polenta Turkey Casserole
  3. My Dad and Grandma Meme taught me how to cook growing up.
  4. I published my first cookbook “Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce” in September 2013.
  5. The two most popular recipes of all time on the blog are Slow Cooker Beef Ragu & Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne.
  6. My first TV appearance was on The CW San Diego on April 25, 2013.
  7. This pin for Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls is my most popular pin on Pinterest.
  8. I have my own app in the Alexa app store, “Whitney Bond’s Recipe Search” which will verbally walk you through any recipe on the blog!
  9. These Slow Cooker Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls are the most requested recipe that I take to parties.
  10. My most viral video on Facebook is this Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls video, which has been viewed over 4 MILLION times!

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Sweet Potato Pierogies

In this easy pierogies recipe, wonton wrappers are filled with leftover mashed potatoes, then pan seared with caramelized onions for a delicious meal!

In this easy pierogies recipe, wonton wrappers are filled with leftover mashed potatoes, then pan seared with caramelized onions for a delicious meal!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, but I’m already planning for what to do with all of the leftovers!

Since there’s only so many turkey sandwiches I can eat, over the years I’ve come up with several different recipes perfect for repurposing your Thanksgiving leftovers!

From Turkey Tostadas with Pomegranate Guacamole to Mashed Potato and Bacon Pizza to Mushroom Spinach Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust, I’ve gotten creative over the last few years with how I transform my Thanksgiving leftovers into new & delicious meals.

This year, I’m sharing three new recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers including Stuffing Biscuit Cranberry Turkey Sliders, Thanksgiving Leftover Pull Apart Bread and this pierogies recipe, filled with leftover mashed potatoes!

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Everything Bagel Stuffing

Everything Bagel Stuffing is a fun twist on traditional stuffing that’s easy to make for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or as a side dish anytime of the year!

Everything Bagel Stuffing is a fun twist on traditional stuffing that's easy to make for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or as a side dish anytime of the year!

Today is the last day of Thanksgiving Week 2 on the blog. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve had so much fun sharing 8 delicious new recipes, perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration!

Just in case you missed any of the last two weeks of deliciousness, you can find all of the recipes at the following links:

  1. Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Dressing
  2. Chipotle Cranberry Mango Sauce
  3. Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  4. Slow Cooker Maple Apple Turkey Breast
  5. Apple Strudel with Brie
  6. Cranberry Pomegranate Waffles
  7. Sous Vide Turkey Breast
  8. Everything Bagel Stuffing

Which dish(s) are you going to try this year? Comment below and let me know!

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Sous Vide Turkey Breast

This Sous Vide Turkey Breast recipe is absolutely the easiest way to make the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast ever!

This Sous Vide Turkey Breast recipe is absolutely the easiest way to make the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast ever!

It’s Thanksgiving Week 2 on the blog and I’m so excited to share my first Thanksgiving recipe made in the sous vide!

Over the last year I’ve become completely obsessed with my sous vide (←affiliate link to the one I use)! I make dinner in the sous vide at least once a week and I’ve shared several sous vide recipes on the blog, including these melt-in-your-mouth Korean BBQ Short Ribs, the best Italian Flank Steak you’ll ever have and this life-changing Chipotle Apple Pork Loin recipe!

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Cranberry Pomegranate Waffles

Fresh cranberries & pomegranates add a delicious burst of tartness & sweetness to this easy waffles recipe, perfect for fall breakfast or holiday brunch!

Fresh cranberries & pomegranates add a delicious burst of tartness & sweetness to this easy waffles recipe, perfect for fall breakfast or holiday brunch!

Oh how I love thee, Cranberry Pomegranate Waffles, let me count the ways!

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Apple Strudel with Brie

Warm caramelized apples & creamy brie cheese are wrapped up in a puff pastry for an easy & delicious apple strudel recipe, great for breakfast, an appetizer or dessert!

Warm caramelized apples & creamy brie cheese are wrapped up in a puff pastry for an easy & delicious apple strudel recipe, great for breakfast, an appetizer or dessert!

While last week was the official “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog, I just had too many delicious ideas this year to fit them all into one week! This week I will continue the Thanksgiving party with recipes for Sous Vide Turkey Breast, Everything Bagel Stuffing, Cranberry Pomegranate Waffles and this Apple Strudel with Brie!

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Maple Apple Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

This simple slow cooker turkey breast recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, or an easy weeknight dinner anytime! The maple apple glaze is delicious & only requires 4 ingredients & 5 minutes to prep!

This simple slow cooker turkey breast recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, or an easy weeknight dinner anytime! The maple apple glaze is delicious & only takes requires 4 ingredients & 5 minutes to prep!

Thank you to my friends at Jennie-O for sponsoring this post!

It’s day 4 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and so far this week, we’ve gotten saucy with this Chipotle Mango Cranberry Sauce, we’ve mashed with these Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes & we’ve tossed together an amazing Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Dressing, now it’s time for the main course of Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey!

Whether you’re roasting a whole turkey or just a turkey breast for the holiday, I’m totally obsessed with the Oven Ready Turkey’s from Jennie-O, they make the main course the easiest part of the meal!

For this recipe, I’m helping you free up some oven space by cooking the turkey breast in a slow cooker. This recipe couldn’t be easier! In just 5 minutes, prep it in the slow cooker, then set it aside and forget about it while you make the rest of your Thanksgiving meal!

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Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Warm rosemary herb butter is added to these blue cheese mashed potatoes for the best potato side dish you’ll ever have in your life!

Warm rosemary herb infused butter is added to these blue cheese mashed potatoes for the best potato side dish you'll ever have in your life!

It’s day 3 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and I’m so excited to share this side dish that first appeared on the blog in 2013, now with delicious new images to match this incredibly delicious potato dish!

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Chipotle Mango Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle peppers & fresh mango add smoky, sweet & tropical flavors to a traditional cranberry sauce, delicious as a ham glaze or perfect served with turkey!

Chipotle peppers & fresh mango add smokey, sweet & tropical flavors to a traditional cranberry sauce, delicious as a ham glaze or perfect served with turkey!

Thank you to the National Mango Board for sponsoring this post!

It’s Thanksgiving Week on the blog, one of my favorite weeks every year where I share new twists on holiday classics, like Everything Bagel Stuffing and Maple Apple Brussels Sprouts & Apples!

Today, I’m putting a seriously delicious spin on cranberry sauce with the addition of smoky chipotle peppers and sweet, fresh mangos!

This cranberry sauce is easy to make and is the perfect glaze on a slow cooked ham, or served as a side with roasted turkey.

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Dressing

Serve this brussels sprout salad warm or cold as the perfect fall side dish! It’s easy enough for weeknight dinners, but elegant enough for Thanksgiving dinner.

Serve this brussels sprout salad warm or cold as the perfect fall side dish! It's easy enough for weeknight dinners, but elegant enough for Thanksgiving dinner. This salad is tossed with a homemade dijon dressing, pomegranate seeds & pecans for a salad that's both colorful and flavorful!

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! One of my favorite weeks of the year because I get to share several new recipes to add to your Thanksgiving feast, while reminiscing about some of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving week recipes!

I can’t believe that I’ve celebrated 7 years of Thanksgivings on the blog! Throughout the years, I’ve posted dozens of recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration, but last year I rounded up my Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes into one blog post to make planning your Thanksgiving dinner super easy!

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Maple Cranberry Walnut Monkey Bread

Maple syrup, dried cranberries and walnuts top this decadent monkey bread recipe that’s perfect for fall brunches and holiday breakfasts!

Maple syrup, dried cranberries and walnuts top this decadent monkey bread recipe that's perfect for fall brunches and holiday breakfasts!

There’s nothing better than waking up on a cool morning and cuddling up by the fireplace with a warm mug of apple cider and the sweet smell of maple and cinnamon baking in the kitchen! I’ll let you know when I go back to Oklahoma for Christmas how that feels, but in the meantime, this monkey bread recipe tasted just as delicious on a warm fall day in sunny San Diego wearing shorts and sipping cold brew 😉

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich and creamy treat, perfect for fall, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with caramel syrup!

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich and creamy treat, perfect for fall, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with caramel syrup!

Imagine the softest, most chewy and decadent brownie you’ve ever had…. then make these sweet potato brownies and have your mind BLOWN!!

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Pumpkin Filled Pastries

It only takes 6 ingredients & 20 minutes to make these delicious pumpkin pastries! They are so easy to make & perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

It only takes 6 ingredients & 20 minutes to make these delicious pumpkin pastries! They are so easy to make & perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

I was originally inspired to create this delicious breakfast treat when my bestie Amy (fabulous fashion blogger!) said “You have to try the pumpkin filled croissants at Starbucks!” I was immediately on board with this, but when I arrived at my beloved  Starbucks, there were no pumpkin filled croissants, only pumpkin muffins, scones and bread.

I then remembered one of my favorite breakfast treats of all time…. Blueberry Pastry Delights and thought, I could basically do the same thing, but with pumpkin instead of blueberries.  Two weeks later, here we are… sitting in the middle of Pumpkin Pastry heaven!

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Pumpkin Toast

Pumpkin Toast is the fall version of Avocado Toast, it’s easy to make with a variety of toppings, from sweet to savory, perfect for breakfast or a snack!

Pumpkin Toast is the fall version of Avocado Toast, it's easy to make with a variety of toppings, from sweet to savory, perfect for breakfast or a snack!

With the first day of fall coming up on Friday, I decided it was time to find as many new ways to eat pumpkin as possible!

As the worlds biggest fan of avocado, I could not love avocado toast anymore, but during the fall and winter months when avocados are harder to find, I felt like avocado toast needed a suitable substitute and pumpkin toast is where it’s at!

Loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin C, pumpkin is great for heart health and boosting your immune system! I topped my pumpkin toast 7 ways, some sweet, some savory, some perfect for breakfast, others great as a sweet snack and all of them perfect for serving friends and family at all of your fall and winter parties!

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Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust

Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust is a delicious comfort food recipe anytime of the year, but is perfect for using up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust is a delicious comfort food recipe anytime of the year, but is perfect for using up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

There are very few meals more comforting than a warm, creamy turkey pot pie, with a buttery, flakey puff pastry crust!

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Turkey Fajita Rice Bowl

This turkey fajita rice bowl recipe is easy to make & the perfect use for leftover turkey at Thanksgiving, but makes a delicious meal anytime of the year!

This turkey fajita rice bowl recipe is easy to make & the perfect use for leftover turkey at Thanksgiving, but makes a delicious meal anytime of the year!

If you’re sitting here on Black Friday googling “what to do with leftover turkey”, I promise you’re not alone! But don’t worry, I’ve got just the recipe that’s going to transform that leftover turkey into turkey fajita goodness!

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Bundt Pan Sausage Stuffing

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

It’s Day 5 of Thanksgiving Week, the last day of this delicious week of Cajun Turkey, Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes, Chili Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch! But don’t worry, I’ve saved my favorite part of Thanksgiving for last, the stuffing!

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Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

It’s day 3 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and today we’re getting boozy!

If you love a good Moscow Mule, (and really who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love this Moscow Mule Punch Recipe!

It’s festive, delicious and the perfect Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

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Oven Roasted Cajun Turkey with Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted in cajun seasonings, then mashed with cream cheese, & butter in this delicious Cajun Mashed Potatoes recipe, served with Cajun Turkey!

Potatoes are roasted in cajun seasonings, then mashed with cream cheese, & butter in this delicious Cajun Mashed Potatoes recipe, served with Cajun Turkey!

It’s day two of Thanksgiving Week on the blog, and it just so happens to be #TurkeyTuesday! Ok, I actually just made Turkey Tuesday up, but I think we should totally make it a thing! 😉

From Turkey Meatballs to Turkey Tostadas to Turkey Soup, I love sharing recipes with Jennie-O Turkey on the blog! For Thanksgiving this year, I was really excited to try their Oven Ready Cajun Style Turkey!

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Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad

This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

This post was in partnership with McCormick. To explore more Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes using McCormick spices, extracts and seasoning mixes, click here!  

This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

The first day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog is here, and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week’s lineup includes:

All of these recipes are twists on Thanksgiving classics passed down from generations of Bond ladies!

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Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes

From Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breasts to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, these are the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes on the food blog WhitneyBond.com!

Next week will mark the third annual “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog. A week dedicated to delicious new twists on classic Thanksgiving recipes!

I’m so excited for what’s to come next week, with everything from Cajun Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Bundt Pan Stuffing, to Chili Roasted Sweet Potato and Cranberry Salad and Sparkling Pomegranate Pear Punch, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the past 5 years of blogging!

I rounded up the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes by page views, and with everything from turkey to gravy, and stuffing to sangria, you’ll be able to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu on just this page!

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Stuffing

The most delicious and easy Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe made with gluten free cornbread, white bread and sweet potatoes, perfect for Thanksgiving!

The most delicious and easy Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe made with gluten free cornbread, white bread and sweet potatoes!

Today, I’m so excited to share my first new Thanksgiving recipe of the year!

But don’t worry, I’m not going to go totally Thanksgiving on you yet, that’s what “Thanksgiving Week” next week is for 😉

I did, however, want to get this seriously delicious Gluten Free Stuffing recipe on the radar of all of my gluten free friends!

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Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip

This creamy, sweet and spicy Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip recipe is an easy 5 minute appetizer that’s vegetarian, gluten free and perfect for parties!

This creamy, sweet and spicy Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip recipe is an easy 5 minute appetizer that's vegetarian, gluten free and perfect for parties!

Woo hoo, welcome to day three of “Jamaica Week” on WhitneyBond.com where I’m sharing four recipes inspired by my recent trip to Jamaica!

On day one, I shared a scrumptious 30 Minute Sweet Potato Soup Recipe, on day two, I shared a delicious recipe for Jamaican Jerk Beef Patties, and today I’m sharing a sweet and spicy dip recipe that I know you’re going to love!

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30 Minute Sweet Potato Soup

In 30 minutes, make the most delicious, vegetarian sweet potato soup recipe with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes, vegetable broth & a hint of cream!

In 30 minutes, make the most delicious, vegetarian sweet potato soup recipe with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes, vegetable broth & a hint of cream!

Happy Monday, happy Halloween and happy Jamaica week on WhitneyBond.com!

All this week, I’ll be sharing recipes inspired by my recent trip to Couples Resort in Jamaica, starting with this Sweet Potato Soup, followed by Jamaican Jerk Beef Patties, Pumpkin Jalapeño Dip and Caramelized Plantain Pancakes!

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Slow Cooker Cornbread

This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

With chili and soup season in full swing, I felt like it was time to introduce a new cornbread recipe to dip in, crumble on and serve with all of those deliciously warm soups and chilis!

Now I know that you all are familiar with making soups and chilis in the slow cooker, but have you ever made slow cooker cornbread? It’s so easy, frees up space in the oven and makes a perfectly moist cornbread in no time at all!

If you’re oven is full of turkey, stuffing and brussels sprouts this Thanksgiving, how are you going to bake your cornbread? That’s right, in the slow cooker!

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Honey Apple Rosé Sangria

Fall flavors are combined with sparkling rosé in this delicious Honey Apple Sangria Recipe, perfect for holiday parties or a fun girls night in!

Fall flavors are combined with sparkling rosé in this delicious Honey Apple Sangria Recipe, perfect for holiday parties or a fun girls night in!

Just because summer has come to an end, doesn’t mean we have to ditch the rosé!

This sangria recipe combines the sparkling wine we all know and love, with the delicious fall flavors of apples and cinnamon, so you can say “Yes Way, Rosé!” all year round!

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Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy

Adding blue cheese to mushroom gravy makes a creamy and flavorful gravy recipe that’s perfect on top of sliced roasted turkey breast.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy Recipe

In my family, we love to prepare a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey at the holidays. We have a small family, only 6 of us for Christmas dinner, so making a turkey breast gives us the perfect amount of turkey for everyone!

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Sweetpotato Pancakes

This scrumptious breakfast recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes makes great use of leftover mashed sweet potatoes after Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I couldn’t be more excited for Cranberry Glazed Turkey, Sweet Potato Stuffing and Mashed Sweet Potatoes! And the best news is, I’ve already got delicious recipes for all of the leftovers!

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Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry

This scrumptious puff pastry recipe is filled with cream cheese, turkey and cranberry relish, perfect for putting those Thanksgiving leftovers to use!

Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry Recipe

It’s two days until Thanksgiving, and while some of you might be preparing to make your first whole turkey EVER, I actually got to experience this feat two weeks ago!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Casserole

Thanksgiving leftovers are turned into a delicious breakfast casserole filled with Hawaiian rolls, turkey, veggies and herbs!

Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Casserole Recipe

It’s officially the week of Thanksgiving, and while you might still be planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu, I’m already making recipes with the leftover Thanksgiving dishes I made for “Thanksgiving Week”on the blog last week!

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Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples

This delectable vegan & gluten free recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a fall dinner party!

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples Recipe

It’s day five & the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com!

While I certainly couldn’t pick a favorite between all of the recipes this week including Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish, Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip, Cranberry Apple Sangria, and this recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples, my boyfriend made his favorite immediately known, and it was this recipe for brussels sprouts.

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Cranberry Apple Sangria

Cranberries and apples give this delicious sangria recipe tons of great fall flavors, mix up a pitcher to celebrate the holidays with friends and family!

Cranberry Apple Sangria Recipe

It’s day four of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and it just so happens to also be “Thirsty Thursday”!

What better way to handle,  I mean enjoy ;-), the holidays with your family than with a pitcher of boozy sangria!

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Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip

Creamy sweet potatoes are combined with three cheeses & spices in this scrumptious new cheese dip recipe that’s both vegetarian & gluten free!

Creamy Sweet Potato & Three Cheese Dip Recipe

It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and today I’m doing a little midweek dipping!

For this recipe I partnered up with my friends at California Sweetpotatoes to create the perfect appetizer to get your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration started!

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Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

A whole oven roasted turkey is sliced and served with cranberry jalapeno relish for a sweet and spicy kick to Thanksgiving!

Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

It’s day two of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and Turkey Tuesday!

Yesterday I shared a simple Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing recipe, and today I’m sharing an easy way to prepare a whole oven roasted turkey, with a delicious side of Cranberry Jalapeno Relish!

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing

Let this delicious sweet potato stuffing recipe slow cook while preparing your Thanksgiving meal, leaving extra space in the oven & saving you time!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing Recipe

Welcome to “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com where I’ll be sharing 5 new recipes to get you ready for the big dinner next week!

The line up goes a little something like this:

Seriously, my mouth just started watering thinking about all of these delicious recipes I got to chow down on last week, and I’m so excited to share them with you all!

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Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Well hello there friends! Long time, no see!

If you’ve been wondering where the new posts have been for the past week, they were on hold while I took a trip to the east coast.

I started off my trip to New York & Washington DC hosting a Satellite Media Tour with PLUS Media all about Friendsgiving. You can check out several of the segments online at the following links:

Following the media tour, I ventured into New York City to check out some of the best spots to eat in the city. I’m currently compiling all of my favorites into an NYC City Guide that I’ll be sharing in the next couple of weeks on the blog! In the meantime you can check out my Instagram page to see a sneak peak of where all I was eating while in the city!

After leaving NYC, I headed down to Washington DC to eat my way through yet another city! I’ll also be sharing a Washington DC city guide soon with all of my favorite spots to eat in the nations capitol.

I’m now on a plane back to home sweet sunny San Diego. As soon as I arrive home I’ll be heading straight into the kitchen! I have so many awesome recipe ideas that I can’t wait to create, then share with you all for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving & Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pastries

With fall in the air and football on the TV, nothing makes a Sunday morning better than the smell of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven!

This weekend I whipped up a batch of these danishes  to make that dream a reality 😉

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Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta

Butternut squash & apples are roasted in fall spices for a delicious twist on bruschetta, making this vegetarian recipe the perfect appetizer for fall!

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe

Today is the day that one of my favorite appetizers, meets some of my favorite fall flavors, and makes one of the most delicious dishes ever!

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberries add a delicious twist to this traditional pumpkin bread recipe, perfect for breakfast in the fall and winter months!

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Well hello there! Welcome to Pumpkin Week on WhitneyBond.com!

That’s right, I made up my own week to celebrate the almighty orange squash that we’ve all come to know and love as the official flavor of fall.

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Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin Granola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

It’s the first week of October, temperatures are finally starting to cool down in San Diego and my entire diet for the last week has basically consisted of sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pumpkins!

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

This Dish. Two words. Mouth Watering.

One bite of this risotto and you’ll be in creamy, cheesy heaven!

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Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Mashed potato & bacon pizza is an absolutely delicious combo with the creamy potatoes & crunchy bacon, all topped off with mozzarella & parmesan cheese!

Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

In continuation with “Thanksgiving Leftover Week” on the blog, I’m sharing a new pizza recipe that might seem a little strange at first, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

One of my favorite pizzerias downtown San Diego, Basic, introduced me to mashed potato and bacon pizza almost 10 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Pizza: good, mashed potatoes: good, bacon: good, cheese: good, the combination: GREAT!

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Mushroom Spinach Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust

This quiche recipe is the perfect use for Thanksgiving leftovers! Use stuffing as the crust, then mix some turkey in with eggs for a delicious breakfast!

Mushroom Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us and visions of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are dancing through my mind!

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Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This bacon wrapped turkey breast is covered in a balsamic garlic herb rub then wrapped in a bacon weave for a flavorful, juicy turkey recipe.

Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

It’s the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog and I’ve saved the big kahuna for last! That’s right, the turkey, the epicenter of the Thanksgiving table!

Since we have a small family, we started preparing a turkey breast a few years back instead of a whole turkey. It’s the perfect size for 4-6 people and if you want to try a couple of different turkey recipes, this is a great way to do it! Read the full post here!

Roasted Cranberry Pancetta Sweet Potato Skins

Roasted Cranberry Pancetta Sweet Potato Skins

It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on LLB and to say I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes would be a total understatement. Although this wasn’t always the case.

Growing up in “meat and potatoes land”, AKA Oklahoma, I pretty much stuck with the good ‘ol russet potato, baked, fried, mashed, anyway it was cooked I liked it, but sweet potatoes were something I just wasn’t into… this was until I got older, and much, much wiser and realized how amazing they are!

Now, one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes are sweet potato skins. I’ve filled them with Turkey Chili for game day and last Thanksgiving I filled them with Sage Pesto and Bacon, YUM!

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Portobello Mushroom & Brussels Sprouts Casserole

This portobello mushroom & brussels sprouts casserole is a fresh, healthy, gluten free alternative side dish to the traditional green bean casserole.

Portobello Mushroom Brussels Sprouts Casserole

It’s officially “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog!

Two weeks from today, the actual week of Thanksgiving will be here and I want to make sure you’re prepared with some delicious new recipes for the big feast!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This recipe for vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Man oh man, the last week of my life has been completely crazy! I got called up to LA by my manager at CMEG to meet with a major network about hosting a new show! I know, right? So freaking awesome!

I took a whirlwind 24 hour trip to LA, met with the network and took the opportunity while I was in town to see some friends. I headed back home to San Diego on Friday morning and back to work.

I did a little work over the weekend and watched some football then woke up this morning and headed to my former college, SDSU, to guest lecture in JMS210: Social Media in Journalism. A class that just started it’s third year on campus.  It’s amazing that this is now a college course!

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Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Looking for a last minute, unique Thanksgiving side dish? Look no further than these Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

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Gluten Free Stuffing

Gluten Free Stuffing

When my brother found out that he was gluten intolerant over 2 years ago one of the biggest adjustments our family had to make was to our Thanksgiving  dinner menu.

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Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

I am so excited to share this totally delicious and totally unique new recipe with all of you!  My roommate asked me yesterday where in the world I got the idea for this dish and my response was, “I have no earthly idea!”

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

No matter how I came up with this recipe, I’m just glad I did! It is is so scrumptious and a great alternative to traditional potato skins that are not quite on the “healthy list”!

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

This recipe tastes like Thanksgiving in a bite combining the flavors of sweet potato and sage!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Sage Pesto
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Brush the olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.

Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.

Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.  Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.

Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Recipe

Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.

Sage Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.

Paleo Bacon Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.

Bacon Arugula Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

These would make an amazing side dish for a fall dinner menu or an awesome appetizer at a Sunday football party… by the way, is it football season yet?  49 days?  Let the countdown begin!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian AND vegan.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: This recipe is paleo.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 potato skins

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Sage Pesto
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Brush olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.
  3. Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of another baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.
  5. Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.
  6. Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.
  7. Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.
  8. Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.
  9. Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.
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Chopped Challenge Thursday: Yams, Cranberries, Pears and Habanero Peppers

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This very special Thanksgiving edition of “Chopped Challenge Thursdays” combined yams from Ashley Caretto, cranberries from Cassie Sue Vaughn, pears from Muffet “LLB Momma” Bond and serrano habanero peppers from Katie Samples.

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I created a new Thanksgiving favorite with these ingredients, Baked Yam Wedges with Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Pear Sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs yams (or sweet potatoes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pear (peeled, de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 small habanero pepper (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced – not pictured)

Begin by slicing the yams into wedges and placing in a baking dish.  Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the ginger and cinnamon on top.

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Place into a 375° oven for 45 minutes.

In the mean time, prepare the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Pear Sauce.

Begin by combining the water and sugar in a skillet.  Once the sugar has dissolved, add the diced pear.

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Cook for 5 minutes, then add the honey, cranberries and habanero.

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Cook until the cranberries begin to pop and a thick sauce forms.

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Squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce and mix well.  Pour the mixture on top of the baked yams and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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I served them along side a Turkey and Dressing Thanksgiving feast with favorites like Bacon Wrapped Dates and Garlic Lemon Green Beans!

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The yams were sweet and delicious, with a very slight kick at the end from the habanero!

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♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingWho doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? I know I love it and I’m pretty sure you do too.  That is why I created the (what was supposed to be) “Kicked Up 30-minute Thanksgiving dinner”, which I would now like to call the “Hour-or-so-but-still-well-worth-the-time-kicked-up-Thanksgiving dinner!”

I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

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Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, baking stone, cupcake pan, recipes, thanksgivingPlace into the oven at 350° for 20 minutes.  While in the oven, make the sauce to top them with by combining the ketchup and sriracha in a small bowl.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, sriracha, spicy, recipes, thanksgivingI might have eaten one or two straight out of the pan… maybe… allegedly… probably.

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!

Sausage Stuffing Balls

Sausage, potato bread, celery & sage are combined for a little taste of Thanksgiving all rolled up in these Sausage Stuffing Balls, perfect as a side dish or party appetizer!

Sausage, potato bread, celery & sage are combined for a little taste of Thanksgiving all rolled up in these Sausage Stuffing Balls, perfect as a side dish or party appetizer!

Finally, the most popular dish at my Superbowl Party gets a post on the blog!

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