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thanksgiving 2013.

Hello there! I’ve missed posting here, but guess what? I’m married!!! Jeff and I tied the knot on November 9. It was the best day of my life so far, and I hope to share some of it here with you.

In the meantime, we’ve got my favorite holiday of the year coming up very soon. For anyone planning a last-minute Thanksgiving meal, and for those of you who are just curious, here is the menu my new husband and I have planned for our very first married Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Post


  1. baked brie with balsamic rosemary cranberry sauce, Sarcastic Cooking
  2. homemade caramel popcorn, The Kitchn


  1. herb-roasted turkey – we won’t be following a specific recipe for the turkey, but this is a great place to start (however, I don’t recommend basting as it doesn’t let the skin get crispy… you do you)
  2. HoneyBaked Ham


  1. rolls and butter – we ordered ours from The Fresh Market along with our turkey
  2. homemade cranberry sauce – I’ll be using a combination of a few recipes + personal experience, but this classic cranberry sauce is great
  3. turkey gravy – made from pan drippings; see this recipe for basic instructions
  4. oyster madeleine pan roast, Garden and Gun
  5. balsamic roasted brussels sprouts with mustard vinaigrette, Food52
  6. green bean salad with tomatoes and shallots, Smitten Kitchen
  7. classic sage & sausage stuffing, Serious Eats
  8. sweet potato gratin with garlic & thyme, Fork Knife Swoon 


  1. apple pie, Cody Uncorked
  2. pumpkin s’mores tart, How Sweet It Is
  3. pecan pie rugelach, Buzzfeed Food

Of course we’ll also be having wine, hot cider with bourbon, and lots of other festive beverages.

I would love to know if you try any of these recipes, or if there are any recipes you can’t imagine Thanksgiving without!

It feels so good to be back!


Cody Uncorked Signature

a friday night in

Quick side note: this post made possible by Trader Joe’s and Instagram. I do not apologize for not having  prepared any of this food nor for all of my photos having a pseudo-hipster tinge.

You know when you’ve had a really long week, you’ve just gotten off work, and you reealllly just want to settle in with some wine+cheese+meats+dips? (Maybe that’s just me?) Well, a trip out of my way in Friday Atlanta traffic to the nearby Trader Joe’s, coupled with a missing license, led to no wine for Cody and an embarrassing meltdown in front of a long and impatient line behind me at the register. After vowing to get rid of my duffel bag sized purse and leaving with yummy groceries/sans wine, I called Jeff. He offered an easy solution and a much needed “Cody, chill!”  and 30 minutes later we had our wine paired perfectly with the delicious snacks I got at TJ’s.

One of my favorite parts of my apartment complex is the cute little garden tucked away behind the building I live in. For a reasonable price, residents can rent out a plot and plan herbs, veggies and fruits to their hearts’ content. The garden is nestled right next to the tennis courts and a cozy deck complete with picnic-style tables with giant umbrellas for shade. We gathered our wine, snacks and necessary utensils and set everything up to enjoy the beautiful weather and the end to crazy week.

The view heading into the garden – cute, right?

How gorgeous is this lettuce?!

Our wine. It was amahzing.

Meats and cheeses from TJ’s. The chorizo was by far our favorite!

Delicious corn + chile dip! We had it with blue corn tortilla chips.

Spinach + kale + greek yogurt. It was as good as it sounds.

The perfect Friday night!

Moi. What would this post be without some pictures of Jeff + me?

The most difficult part of the night (post TJ’s meltdown) was picking out what to eat next!

The view from our spot was perfect.

It turned out to be a fabulous night. No cooking or cleaning up involved AND we got to enjoy the perfect weather and the peaceful garden right outside my door.

What’s your go-to relaxing night in?


are you on Pinterest?

**********UPDATE 03.21.12**********

I am officially obsessed with Pinterest (who isn’t?!) and recently decided to break out my food pins to be a bit more specific. You can now find food-related posts on the following boards:

delicious dishes - main dishes, tips, etc.

apps + dips + sides + sauces - small plates, dips, sauces, jams and more.

start your day off right - breakfast and brunch items!

luscious libations - drinks (alcoholic and virgin)

sumptuous sweets - desserts, natch.

If you have a moment, give my boards a visit and let me know what you think!


If you ever want to know the latest things I am food-dreaming of, cooking and/or eating, you should check out my food board on Pinterest.

The board is titled nommables, and it is sure to inspire even the most begrudging of chefs.

A screen shot of my board, nommables. YUM, right?

Check it out!

Are you on Pinterest? I’d love to visit your boards – feel free to post a link in a comment below!

Pinning and pining (for delicious nommables!),