With the fall season approaching, the holidays are officially upon us. As temperatures continue to drop and days decrease in length, no special celebration or gathering can occur without some good ol’ fashion comfort food. With a name that’s pretty much self explanatory, these particular dishes may not be exactly healthy, but will surely make your heart feel happy. Whether you are hosting a party, going to a potluck or are in charge of dessert this year for Thanksgiving, these recipes come with little hassle and will make your palate dance with delight.


Grilled Cheese Dippers

Grab the tomato soup! Let’s add a twist to this classic sandwich, shall we? These dippers are the perfect appetizer to have at any get-together. All you need is bread, butter and cheese! Simply butter up one side of the bread, add your cheese on the other side and roll it up. Then, put your stove on medium heat and place the dippers on your skillet, rotating them side to side as they turn slightly brown on the edges. The entire recipe can be found at Delish, including how to make your own creamy tomato soup. Yum!

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Baked Spaghetti

Spice up your original spaghetti and meatball recipe by putting it in the oven, allowing the flavors to melt (literally) together. For this dish you will need:


16 oz. spaghetti

1 lb. ground turkey

1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix

24 oz. Prego Traditional Italian Tomato Sauce

¼ c. half & half

1 c. shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese 

2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper for taste


Preheat oven to 350° and cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Then, cook the ground turkey in a skillet on medium heat, mixing in the soup mix. Once the turkey is fully cooked, add the tomato sauce and half-and-half and let it simmer on low heat. When the pasta is al dente, drain the water and lather it with olive oil in a medium size baking dish. Then, mix in the ground turkey and tomato sauce, and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!   

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Scalloped Potatoes

There is so much you can do with potatoes, but this dish is a classic and creamy way to please your taste buds. With just garlic, butter, half-and-half, salt, pepper, nutmeg and yellow finn potatoes, you’ll have a tasty creation that will perfectly accompany your main entrée dish. Peel the potatoes into thin slices and mix the seasonings and half-and-half on the stove. Then, combine them in a casserole dish and bake in the oven for one hour. Head over to Food Network for detailed instructions! 

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Toffee Rice Krispie Treats

Time for dessert! Rice Krispie treats are undoubtedly the easiest snack to make for a sweet tooth, but with this secret ingredient, you’ll find yourself going back to your pantry for more! Toffee adds an interesting kick that melts in your mouth and is perfect for fall. Here is what you need: 


6 c. Rice Krispies cereal 

1 c. toffee bits

¼ c. unsalted butter

1 package of mini marshmallows


Butter up a 13 inch by 9 inch pan and mix the cereal and toffee bits in a bowl. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and marshmallows until it forms into a sweet and creamy mixture. Then, pour the mixture over the Rice Krispies and toffee bits in a pan, and stir it to coat the cereal completely. Refrigerate or let it cool down to room temperature, cut them into squares and enjoy!   

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There is nothing better than enjoying each other’s company with a tasty meal. Although these dishes are not an everyday thing to enjoy, finding the right recipes and saving them for the appropriate occasion will bring everybody to your kitchen. Here’s to the holidays and indulging!