In lieu of Weekend Things, I’ve got Thanksgiving Things. And there’s not one suggestion of what to do with your leftovers.

1. Ellen Degeneres pinned my Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (raw, vegan, GF). Since 2009, these are consistently in the top 5 viewed recipes on my site, every year.

Last week Emeril pinned something (his pin) and the week before Bethenny Frankel did. (her pin)

Definitely things to be thankful for!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites screenshot

2. Cosmopolitan Magazine featured my Soft Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Streusel Crust in their story about 15 Ridiculously Delicious Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

And of the 15 recipes, they used my bread as their leadoff photo!

Cosmopolitan Magazine featured my Soft Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Streusel Crust screenshot
My Recipe is here

Soft Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Streusel Crust - You won't miss the eggs or the butter in this fast & easy bread from

3. America’s 50 Best Bakeries – Click for the rest of the list. The next time I’m in SF, I need to check out Tartine, it’s official. My parents live in Minneapolis and my mom says she can vouch for the Salty Tart as being a keeper.

1) Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

2) Dominique Ansel, New York City

3) Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

4) The Standard Baking Company, Portland, Maine

5) Macrina Bakery, Seattle

6) Levain Bakery, New York City

7) Salty Tart, Minneapolis

8) Amy’s Bread, New York City

9) Porto’s Bakery, Los Angeles

10) Pearl Bakery, Portland, Ore.


 4. 100 Verbs for Recipes, from Julia Child on Dianne Jacob’s site – When you don’t want to add or place something, you can arrange, insert, lay, or leave it. Plus 95 more.

100 Verbs for Recipes, from Julia Child on Dianne Jacob's site

5. 30 Things to Stop Doing To Yourself – Like putting your own needs on the back burner or trying to be someone you’re not. A great list especially for the perfectionists, over-achievers, and those who are a little overly self-critical. Not that  I would know.

6. Making friends in real-life after you’re out of college, or you’ve moved to a new city, or your work from home. How do you do it? Read the heartfelt comments for lots of thoughts, struggles, and suggestions.

7. The Chemistry of Cookies – A great 4 minute video about what exactly what’s happening in your oven and in your cookies when they change from dough to cookies.

8. Speaking of cookies, my current favorite seasonal cookies are these Soft Molasses Coconut Oil Crinkle Cookies.

Not a drop of butter used and you’ll never miss it. If you’re looking for a super soft and moist molasses cookie recipe, this is the one.

Soft Molasses Coconut Oil Crinkle Cookies - No butter, no problem. My favorite molasses cookies ever. Easy recipe at

9. Butter vs. Shortening – King Arthur tested 4 kinds of pie crusts made with: butter + vodka, butter, shortening + vodka, shortening

The winner is butter + vodka, then butter, then shortening + vodka, and lastly shortening. I only like to use shortening to prevent chocolate from cracking. Otherwise, I never use it.

10. And if you don’t feel like making traditional pie crust, I suggest this one this deep-dish Oreo Crust. An Oreo crust trumps a flour one any day.

No-Bake Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Snickers Pie with Salted Caramel

No-Bake Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Snickers Pie with Salted Caramel - Rich, decadent & easy recipe at

What are your Thanksgiving Things

Thank you for reading my blog, trying my recipes, buying my book, and for being loyal and and supportive. I am thankful for my readership because none of what I do would be possible without everyone who stops by Averie Cooks.

I hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing, low-stress holiday with friends and family. I am cooking a feast for my family and am eating none of it other than the Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce. As an aside, I never knew how insanely popular that recipe would be. Thanks to the hundreds of people who’ve written here and on Facebook or in emails to say you made it. I appreciate you trying it and hope your family and friends loved it, too.

I don’t like stuffing, don’t eat turkey, and like my veggies raw and crisp. Therefore, I had plenty of room for dessert. Perfect.

How’s your holiday? And if you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous recently, feel free to link it up in the comments. Shopping tomorrow?

Have a great long weekend and not to spend too much money tomorrow!

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