The weather outside may not be frightful quite yet, but there's definitely a chill in the air — aka, it's the perfect time to curl up with some autumnal cocktails. Be your own mixologist with these recipes that showcase the best flavors for chilly nights.
A chocolate martini is the perfect drink to bust out at your annual holiday party or family get-together. Not only is it a bit classier thanks to a dressed-up chocolate sugar rim but, well, there's a lot of chocolate throughout. And everyone could use a little more chocolate, right?
Nicole Weston
Spiked eggnog is the creamy, rich, boozy drink you can only enjoy one time a year, so you've gotta do it right. This recipe showcases the classic flavors — mixed with a good amount of bourbon — to keep you feelin' festive all season long.
We all love Thanksgiving dinner, but no matter how good it is, eating the same meal for two, three or even four days can be a real drag. This year, use these recipes to transform those leftovers into something entirely new.
The time has finally come to amp up your mac and cheese. And not with traditional ingredients like bread crumbs or even bacon. Instead, give it a seasonal twist by mixing your cheesy noodles with — wait for it — butternut squash. Sure, it may sound like an odd move, but smothering elbow noodles in a cheesy, gourd-y mix actually creates a rich, comforting flavor that's hard to resist. Who knows — it may even make an appearance on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Ashley McLaughlin
This Thanksgiving, avoid that too-full feeling and take a walk on the lighter side. These healthier alternatives to classic side dishes will give you more room in your stomach, so you can make more room on your plate!
Jessie Oleson Moore
When you think about fall desserts, one flavor always comes to mind: pumpkin. And with so many ways to indulge, there's no better time to try out a new recipe. Add these to your holiday menu or make 'em on a random weekend — either way, you'll be set to enjoy the season's best offerings.
Autumnal cooking is all about showcasing squash, and sweet butternut squash is always a go-to. Whether you're making it into a winter soup or going all-out with butternut squash gnocchi, the possibilities for this gourd are endless.
Ashley Rodriguez
Skip the long coffee lines and save some cash by whipping up a pumpkin spice latte at home. It's just what you need to start your autumn mornings off right — not to mention it pairs amazingly well with a pumpkin croissant .
Jessie Oleson Moore
Say hello to your new favorite side salad. This dish showcases the best of Brussels sprouts by skipping the blanching and ramps up the flavor with a good roast. Pair it with a honey mustard dressing and even Brussels sprout skeptics will be converted!
Erin Alderson
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