Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Crispy Sesame Chickpeas.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
A few years ago if you would have told me I’d be doing what I’m doing today, I’m not sure I would have believed you. It’s crazy to see how far HBH has come and how big my goals have become for HBH. It’s exciting and so incredibly scary. As I get ready to head to NYC today for the launch of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, I’m feeling a full range of emotions. Excited, overwhelmed, nervous, really just such a mix.
Mostly I’m excited, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous…because I am so nervous. For some reason, I’m really feeling the pressure with this new cookbook. I want you to find the recipes delicious, easy, and approachable. Mostly, I just want you all to LOVE it. And fingers crossed that you will, but the nerves inside are at an all-time high.
I’m excited to be heading to New York today, which over the years has become one of my favorite places. I’ve never been to NYC in the fall, so I cannot wait to see the leaves in central park and experience the city during my favorite season. My trip is pretty full. But if there’s something I must see or do in the city while I’m there, let me know!! I’m already feeling like I might have to sneak away for an autumn walk through Central Park during sunset. There are some things in life you just have to make time for, you know?
I’ll be sharing more details of all the signings and events I’ll be doing while in the city this coming Tuesday. So be on the lookout for a special book launch blog post this Tuesday.
And in other news, this week was FULL. Thankfully, it was a very productive week. We’ve been working non-stop in prep for upcoming travel days and the holidays…Thanksgiving is getting so close! I can’t wait to share my menu with you all!
Question: What are you all up to this weekend? Cooking…baking…anything cozy today?
This week on HBH, we’ll be starting off with a healthy, but still cozy, recipe full of color and flavor. Tuesday is all about the cookbook. On Wednesday we’ll be moving on to a new pizza. On Thursday we’ll have a fun twist on a classic. And on Friday… we’ll be kicking November off with the very first official Thanksgiving recipe. Oh, and on Saturday, an easy cocktail that will be your go-to for holiday entertaining.
Lastly, if you’re catching up on blog posts from the week, be sure to sign up for our daily newsletters. They’ll help you to stay up to date with everything that’s happening here, as well as fun content you’ll only get via email. And of course, if you’re meal planning today, don’t forget to check out my menu below (it’s #9 on the favorite’s list)
Some of you may recall, but last November I did a series on Instagram called, “Thanksgiving Tips”. I simply shared one new Thanksgiving tip every day leading up to Thanksgiving. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the series. So I’m bringing it back again this year starting on November 1st…and I cannot wait. I LOVE talking all things holiday, so this is very exciting for me!!
So with that, what Thanksgiving questions do you have? Let me know what you need help with, and hopefully, I can answer all your questions!
In addition to my tips, I also shared an HBH reader tip every day as well. So, I’d love to know…
What are your BEST Thanksgiving tips and tricks? I’ll feature all my favorites throughout the month!
I just realized I need to announce this one TODAY…as Tuesday’s post may be too late. Tuesday morning I will be on GMA, I am SO EXCITED and can’t wait. I believe my segment will air around 8:40 am ET, but I’m not positive. I will keep everyone up to date in real time on Instagram.
q: How do you plate your pasta so beautifully?
a: With my hands 🙂
q: What do you listen to while you cook? Music? Podcast?
a: Sometimes music, but mostly podcasts! I kind of got bored with music (because I am horrible at finding new music). I found I love listening to podcasts while cooking and photographing recipes! At times, they can be a little distracting. Then I have to shut them off and focus. It depends on what I’m working on in the kitchen, but I really love learning while working!!
q: How do you stage your food for your pictures?
a: I really don’t know how to answer this…very thoughtfully? Honestly, it takes me a really long time. I want each recipe to come across just as delicious as it really is. I like each photo to have a mood/feel too it, to tell a story, and most importantly to scream “eat-me”. Literally. I ask myself all the time, does this make me want to devour this?
q: Where do you purchase all your servingware/bowls?
a: Everywhere. I search high and low for unique dishes. My favorite sources are usually from ceramic artists all over the world. I look on Instagram for people, and then dm them to purchase their pieces. I also shop Etsy a lot. And vintage/resale stores always have items I love too!
I also shop Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, and Terrain as well!!
q: What top 3 cookware items can you not live without?
a: I mean, all I really NEED is my Staub cocotte or skillet. I’m currently loving my Instant Pot too. I’m pretty minimalist when it comes to cooking stuff, I keep it pretty simple.
q: What’s your favorite way to do turkey?
a: I have used the same turkey recipe for years. Nothing is better…because I have a secret. Haha, not really, but really is delicious, here is the recipe.
Baked Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots…with a drizzle of herb butter, SO GOOD. Perfect for Sunday snacking.
Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats…just like lasagna, but minus the noodles and + spaghetti squash.
Fall Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad…super easy, extra colorful, and healthy too.
I am so excited to be making it home this week just in time for Halloween. My plans? Get a picture with Asher before she heads out trick-or-treating. Then snuggle up on the couch (because it’s supposed to be in the negatives) and watch one of my favorite Halloween movies. I’m already looking forward to this SO much. The homebody in me will need some chill time after a busy few days.
Here are my favorites that I love watching every year, what are yours?
-Hocus Pocus…classic, must-watch.
-The Harry Potter series…sadly I can’t get through all of them, but these are my FAVORITE.
-Halloweentown…used to love all 3 of them, now Asher does!
-Twitches…yes, I am still 12 years old.
-Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas…but honestly, I see this as more of a Christmas movie.
-Casper…but I haven’t seen this since I was a kid.
Fun Fact…the Halloween movie I’ve never liked and kind of makes me cringe? Beetlejuice. I just do not get this one.
Fun Fact #2…my grandparents in Cleveland are neighbors to the owner of the original Ghostbusters car. Growing up, the car would come around to our schools playing the Ghostbusters song. AND yes, I’ve been inside the car!
PS. here are 27 classic Halloween movies to watch for a scary evening in.
how to do a shelf breast exam…so important to know how to do.
why we should stop feeling guilty about doing things that we enjoy…yes. to all of this.
a beginner’s guide to the main streets In Brooklyn…if you have a free weekend.
9 fall apple recipes that go beyond dessert…yum. I love savory apple recipes.
a sunny and stylish Pacific Palisades abode…cute and cozy on the beach.
don’t miss it…every fall staple you need is on sale this weekend.
the best pots, pans and kitchen cookware…if you need some new cookware.
Jennifer Lopez’s new company is another reason to buy an Instant Pot…the first frozen food delivery service made specifically for pressure cookers.
Inbox tips from 25 famous women…need these.
should you be using organic tampons…good to know.
Eva Chen shares her vault of beauty secrets…beauty tips from a pro.
a design lover’s guide to Ojai…if you need a weekend getaway.
what went wrong at Barneys…how a New York shopping paradise went big, then bankrupt.
(easy) recipes for fall…love fall food so much.
‘tis the (pre) season…5 delightful holiday card designs.
8 step routine for dry skin…my skin needs this.
is hitting the snooze button really that bad for you...reasons to just get up.
shallots, so are they onions or what…I ask myself this all the time.
and the ones I think are so pretty, but could never afford…
Monday: slow cooker red wine Sunday ragù pasta
Tuesday: super simple coconut chicken tikka masala
Wednesday: better than takeout dan dan noodles
Thursday: healthier instant pot coq au vin
Friday: stuffed spaghetti squash 4 cheese pesto lasagna
Sunday Cocktail: smoky harvest apple cider margarita
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.
NYC in the fall? Chelsea Market and The Highline….. just a gorgeous walk. We all can’t wait for your new cookbook! No worries on the new cookbook…. we all follow you on IG and you’re blog and know how amazing your recipes are!! 🙂 Just enjoy the book tour! 🙂
Thank you so much Kelly! xTieghan
I’m SO excited for your book release and you being on Good Morning America!! Ah! Congratulations. ☺️? I’ll try to watch Tuesday morning and hope all goes well. I BELIEVE in you!!!
With Thanksgiving tips, I do have a question: how much is TOO much with regards to apps and desserts? My mom always says I make too many apps and desserts because all anyone wants is the main dinner. I agree with her on the apps (we eat early anyway) but I LOVE making the desserts and don’t want to limit myself to only a few recipes (so I usually make some leading up to thanksgiving as well?). We only ever have 4-6 people eating though.
A tip I have: is stay out of the way!? Everyone is always in me and my moms way when we’re making the food and it drives us bananas! Haha
Also, I’m happy you’ll be able to make it back in time for Halloween! I completely agree with ALL of your Halloween movie opinions. Haha but one movie I like to add is Coraline! It’s kinda creepy but I like it (and is as scary as I’ll get).
I hope you have a wonderful time in NY and an incredible book release!!! So excited.
I love all of the appetizers and desserts! But I am so with you on alllll of the desserts! They’re the best! I hope you have an amazing week, Kristin! xTieghan
Hi! I have a Thanksgiving question. My husband and I were recently married and are spending Thanksgiving at my new in-laws! We are making the 4-5 hour drive on Thanksgiving morning. Any tips for things I can bring? I don’t want to get there and need to take up too much time/room prepping or using the oven. Thanks! And, can’t wait for the new book to arrive – we’re making the chicken tikka masala tomorrow 🙂
Hey Erin!! I would recommend bring either a salad (just wrap it up and keep in a cool place and it should stay fresh until dinner), a roll that is already baked and only needs to be warmed OR dessert. This way you don’t have to bake anything once you arrive and it is all ready to go!! Hope this helps!!
Thanksgiving question? I’m on the quest to make super moist delicious dressing like my grandma & aunts used to make … I’m sure you have some great ideas!
Hi Marilyn! What kind of dressing? xTieghan
Hope you are going to Levain while you are in NY…the founders are good friends of mine and the most amazing ladies! Have a good trip!
Thank you so much Linda! xTieghan
Thanks for all your amazing recipes, your weekly favorite things, tips.. and all of the above. I enjoy Half Baked Harvest so much ! Your cocktails – LOVE! The way you display food is ART! You’ve helped me step up my game with cooking/baking, so I just wanted to thank you! Can’t wait to buy the new book and give it as gifts this Holiday Season. Good luck on GMA!
All the best,
Thank you so much Mindie! I am so glad you love all of my recipes! xTieghan
I’m thrilled that you are releasing another book, the first one is in constant use. Do you think that you will do any signing events in the Denver area?
Hi Alyssa! I am not positive yet, but will keep you all updated!! xTieghan
What is a good substitute for fig preserves in the kale salad dressing recipe? So beautiful.
What is a good substitute for fig preserves (kale salad dressing recipe)? I really don’t like figs but this salad looks so beautiful.
Hey Sheila! I would recommend using maple syrup. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??
GMA wow what fun. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new cookbook which I preordered and just received notice it’s on its way – WOOHOO. Keep up the great work, recipes and ideas…
YES!! So excited for you! Thank you Deb! xTieghan
My personal holiday tips 1) make the gravy ahead of time and freeze it. I roast the turkey wings and drumsticks, make a stock, and then gravy. Takes hours but the house smells incredible and I’m not making gravy after the turkey comes out of the oven on the big day while everyone hovers waiting to eat. 2) Set the table the day before. It takes off a lot of pressure and gives you the time to get it just how you want.
Ooo yes! Completely agree on the table setting!! It helps so much! xTieghan
If you are there for Halloween, they have a big parade in the village every year. Also, Little Mercado recently opened. It’s like Eataly, but for Spanish food. I haven’t been yet, but I live in NJ, so NYC is just a train ride away. It’s on my list to go check out.
Oh wow I would love to see that! Thank you Lauren! xTieghan
In NYC, if you haven’t already, you should try Xi’an Famous Foods. I still dream about their lamb noodles. Have so much fun, and congrats on book 2!
Thank you Katie!! It is so amazing here! xTieghan
I have a Thanksgiving question: My family has recently moved overseas, and it’s pretty challenging to find a whole turkey over here. Also, the ovens are so tiny! I’d love to do my favorite brined and roasted turkey (with orange-thyme-garlic butter rubbed all over), but I’ll only be able to use turkey pieces like legs and breasts, and I can barely fit a half-sheet pan in our European “easy-bake oven”. Any suggestions for how I adapt my usual 14-16lb roast turkey for our new conditions? Thanks so much!
Hey Shauna, sadly I am not sure I can be of much help since I am so unfamiliar with the oven you are using and also the recipe too. I would brine the turkey pieces just as you would the whole turkey, then lay the turkey pieces flat on the roasting pan, cover them in the butter and then roast. Adjust the time according to the amount of meat you have. Hope this helps a little!
I adore your blog and recipes and can’t wait for your next book. As I am reading 9 favorite things this morning too early because I cannot sleep I got a notification that my pre-order just shipped! Yeah! I’m so disappointed to not see you on your quick NYC book tour and hope you’ll come back soon!
Best new thing to do in NYC, go to the Vessel If it’s a nice day. Enjoy!!!
Thank you so much Sheryl! I am so excited for you to get the book! I hope you love it!! xTieghan