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The Best Ever Garbage Salad: A Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe

An Easy, Light Meal Solution to A Fridge Full of Leftovers Post-Thanksgiving
November 26, 2015

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Ever scarfed down a Garbage Salad?  I’m sure you have; there’s nothing like a fridge full of leftovers post-holiday, with Pinterest inspiration looking bleak and no desire to get back in the kitchen anytime soon.  Well in the Rye household, we always eagerly welcome our post-Thanksgiving tradition of a Garbage Salad after we’re nice and stuffed from the day before.

In true Garbage Salad form, we literally throw all of our Thanksgiving leftovers into a salad for the perfect light meal (so we’re nice and spry for all of the Black Friday shopping!). There’s no exact recipe or formula for our Garbage Salad, but I always enjoy the hints of butternut squash and pomegranate seeds among fresh arugula (always fresh arugula), hard-boiled eggs and almond slivers.  So grab a leftover roll and top with any dressing of your choice, voila.

From the entire WOM team, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving…one that even requires you to pull out the stretchy pants and throw the calorie count out the window!  Truly, MKR




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A Twist On The Thanksgiving Classics

Walnut, Cranberry & Herb Dressing + Cranberries with Orange Peels & Cinnamon
November 20, 2015

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You know, there’s really not much straying from the usual dishes on Thanksgiving (turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, etc.) but every year, I try to do a different take on the classics.  Especially when it comes to the stuffing and the cranberry sauce (I’m really obsessed with cranberries right now).

I always really enjoy a good crunch with soft bites, and I’ve found that Thanksgiving stuffing is the perfect dish which to add a little crunch.  By adding cranberries, walnuts, plenty of fresh herbs and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds to the stuffing, the dish welcomes another depth of  flavor and texture. 

But I’m sure you have someone around the table that wants their dishes how they like it, year after year, no changes (in my case: my entire family).  Luckily, my Thanksgiving stuffing recipe doesn’t change much even with my addition of cranberries and pomegranate seeds.  Per the recipe those are added at the end making it easy to incorporate those to just half of the dish, while leaving the other classic. 

A quick way to elevate your cranberry sauce, another Thanksgiving classic, is to add freshly grated orange peels, juice from the orange and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  The cinnamon adds a level of warmth while the orange adds a new crisp bite of citrus.  And I like to think my cranberry sauce is even more gorgeous atop with fresh orange peels.  Don’t the colors just pop!? 

This year I also traded out our standard dinner rolls for the buttery, melt in your mouth, croissant roll.   And no I didn’t slave away for hours in the kitchen making them from scratch, instead I opted for the taste-like-made-from-scratch-but-really-they’re-frozen croissants from Williams Sonoma.  These guys, including the chocolate, have always been a Christmas morning tradition for my family so I thought why not enjoy them on Thanksgiving as well.

Lastly, I’ve found that pre-cutting your turkey to serve makes it so much easier for guests to help themselves (not to mention it’s such a more gorgeous presentation!). After all, nobody wants to stare at a turkey carcass while they dig in for seconds. Oh, and a brass serving set and fresh eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s (for only $5) instantly elevates the turkey platter to impress everyone around the table.  TRULY, MKR




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Photography, Rustic White 

Gather: Your Field Guide to the Thanksgiving Season

A Clickable Guide from Waiting on Martha & Friends
November 14, 2015

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With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes you just want a one-stop guide for all your entertaining needs.  Since we like to think of Thanksgiving as basically our Super Bowl here at WOM, we find such joy (and maybe even an adrenaline rush!) in culling the best recipes and most beautiful details for the Big Day.

So let me introduce you to our gorgeous new Thanksgiving Guide, a clickable e-mag that features everything you need to host your own beautiful gathering.  In the guide, we’ve featured some of our most popular Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to please any crowd (hello green bean casserole!), along with our favorite hand-selected products to get the job done. 

But we’re not stopping there. Also in the guide, you’ll find my top five secrets to styling a stunning spread, along with a fool-proof entertaining timeline to ensure everything goes smoothly. We’re sharing our tasty menu, but be sure to download the printable menu to customize yours at home, along with the hand-lettered conversation cards and place cards by our girl Jenn Gietzen

Throughout the guide you’ll also find the smiling faces of some of our favorite tastemakers (big hugs to you all!); we invited them to weigh in with their own great entertaining tips and day-of essentials.  I think you’ll agree that our guide is jam-packed with all of the inspiration and takeaways you’ll need to host a very special gathering this year.  Check out the guide HERE and tell me,  who’s ready for Turkey Day?? Truly, MKR

Click to view: “Gather: Your Field Guide to The Thanksgiving Season




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A big thanks to our friends who taking part in our Thanksgiving Guide: Allyson Conklin, Anna Liesemeyer, Cassandra LaValle, Chassity Evans, Devon Cruse, Gaby Dalkin, Gray MalinJenn Gietzen, Kathryn McCrary and Rustic White

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