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Sauteed Spinach with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Thanksgiving Recipes

This recipe is probably the easiest to cook from my Thanksgiving Menu and is part of Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving.  Since this recipe is not a “make-ahead” recipe and only takes a few minutes to cook, I typically make this right before serving.  Watch the video below for a cooking demonstration of this delicious and simple Thanksgiving recipe.

Sauteed Spinach with Cranberries and Pine Nuts


  1. fresh baby spinach lettuce- 2 16oz. pre-cut ready-to-eat bags
  2. dried cranberries like Ocean Spray Craisins- 1 5oz. bag or 1 cup
  3. pine nuts- 1 2-4oz. bag
  4. olive oil
  5. salt & pepper


  1. Heat a few tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat
  2. Add spinach, cranberries and pine nuts and saute until spinach is completely reduced, approximately 4 minutes
  3. season with salt & pepper to taste
  4. Make this recipe right before serving.

Watch the video for a simple cooking demonstration:

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Last Minute Tips! Day 12: Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving

A Delicious and Memorable Thanksgiving

Seating can be tricky when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for a large group.  With anywhere from 20-35 people in my home each Thanksgiving, I have to get creative when it comes to making sure there’s a comfortable place for each person to sit and eat.  So, to make sure you’re not running around at the last minute finding chairs for everyone, today’s tip in Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving is to set out tables and chairs and decorate each table.

In addition to our dining room table which seats 14, I roll out folding tables and chairs to go alongside my dining room table to make three long tables.  With the addition of our “kids table“, this creates plenty of seating for everyone to be in the same place and enjoy each others company while celebrating the holiday.

And here’s the important part.  There’s no reason to skimp on the Thanksgiving decorations when it’s so easy to throw a Fall tablecloth over each table along with any arrangement of Fall candles, cornucopias and leaves.  Over the years I’ve gathered a hodgepodge of Thanksgiving decorations that are thrown into a big storage box at the end of the holiday.  By picking through the box each Thanksgiving I manage to come up with a scheme that looks like I spent a lot of time coordinating.

I always frame my menu.  Why?  I’m still not sure other than the fact that I think it’s beautiful and I love showing off my recipes to all of my guests.  I don’t run out and purchase a new frame for the occasion; I usually have an extra one lying around somewhere.  So why not bring that extra touch of “special” to dinner, especially when the cost is next to nothing.

For the lineup of Thanksgiving Dinner preparation in Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving, you can print the entire list here.

To download printable plan:

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I hope each of you have a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving this year!


Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook



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Not-So-Sweet Potato Casserole: Day 11 Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s Day 11 of Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving and it’s time to make our Not-So-Sweet Potato Casserole.  It’s also time to set our Mushroom White-Wine Shallot Sauce in the refrigerator to thaw.

Toni’s Not-So-Sweet Potato Casserole

This simple recipe can be made today and stored in the refrigerator in a casserole dish to bake and serve on Thanksgiving Day.


  1. Sweet potatoes- 2 1lb cans
  2. Butter- ½ cup (1 stick) plus a few tbspns more to pour on top
  3. Marshmallows- 1 bag
  4. Brown sugar- ¼ cup
  5. Dried sage and thyme- 1 tspn each


  1. Melt butter in microwave
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, melted butter, ½ of marshmallows, sugar and herbs
  3. Beat until smooth
  4. Transfer to casserole dish and pour remaining marshmallows and drizzle melted butter on top

This recipe can be made in advance and stored before bringing out on Thanksgiving Day to bake.  I make mine about two days in advance.

  1. Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes

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Toni’s 12-day guide breaks up the overwhelming job of preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner into small daily tasks, allowing busy moms to spend the holiday enjoying family and friends instead of slaving away at the stove.  With daily tips, recipes and videos, Toni will help make this holiday less stressful.  Sign up now for Toni’s weekly newsletters to receive “Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving”.  Sign up here.

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