Thanksgiving treats

Turkey, mashed potatoes and savory pumpkin pie. Those are the three main ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast. But who says you have to keep that routine? Try a new route, or add a few new favorites to make this turkey day a little more unique.

Mac and cheese is an all time favorite meal, but try adding this rich concoction into a Thanksgiving meal.
1 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb elbow macaroni
1 qt milk
8 tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup of all-purpose flour
4 cups of Gruyere, grated
2 cups of extra-sharp cheddar, grated
2 oz of grated Jarlesburg
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of nutmeg
3 strips of bacon (you can add more)
1 ½ cups of panko bread crumbs

Cooking instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle vegetable oil into a large pot of water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the direction of the package of macaroni. Drain well in strainer.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but do not boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tbsp of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened or smooth. Turn off the heat and add the cheese, 1 tbsp of salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a baking dish.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Crumble when cool.

Melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter, combine them with the panko bread crumbs and bacon and sprinkle on top. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the macaroni is browned on the top.

Fall is here and what is better than a mug of hot apple cider. But these mugs are a bit different, and way more organic.

Gala apples
1 package of your favorite apple cider

Wash and dry the apples. Make sure to thoroughly dry them so they don’t slip out of your hand. Using a sharp knife, carefully trace a center around the edge of the apple and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Spray some lemon juice on the apples to keep them from browning. Make the apple cider according to the package of the apple cider and pour into the apple cups. This cup serves two purposes, a convenient cup and a filling snack.

This sweet recipe only requires four ingredients and is very simple to make.

Pears, how many is up to you and your guests.
Brown sugar

Cut pears in half and pit them. Add the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar to taste. Heat oven to 300 degrees F and bake until brown.

Popcorn is generally a salty snack, but in this case it is a sweet favorite.

1 bag of your favorite popcorn
Caramel candies to taste
Marshmallows to taste
1 tbsp of maple syrup (optional)

Melt caramel, marshmallows and maple syrup together. Pop popcorn according to the directions on the package. Once you pour the popcorn into a bowl, mix the sauce in thoroughly .