How to make Homemade Oven-baked Traditional Stuffing

A dish full of golden brown traditional stuffing.

Stuffing is a classic side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or frankly any family feast. There are lots of delicious variations out there, but sometimes you just want traditional stuffing – bread, onion, celery, herbs and butter. A reader of one of the recipes I’ve reviewed puts it perfectly – “as much as I love the … Read more

Popular Approaches to Homemade Pumpkin Pie

A thick slice of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Pumpkin pie is as much a part of Thanksgiving as roast turkey, and in some families, probably more so! But for a relatively straight-forward dessert, there are still different ways to make pumpkin pie from scratch. And strongly-held opinions about which is the best recipe! To help make sense of it all, I’ve gone through … Read more

Roast Turkey – tried and tested paths to success

A golden brown roast turkey.

If you’ve started looking for a turkey recipe, you’ve probably already discovered how confusing it can be! There are SO many recipes for roast turkey out there, and lots of different ways to cook your Thanksgiving dinner centrepiece. Courtney from Neighbor Food sums it up beautifully: “People have some STRONG opinions about turkey, and they’re … Read more

A different approach to your favourite recipes

So many wonderful recipes on Pinterest

Hi, and welcome to Essence of Yum, a new type of recipe blog. My name’s Brent. I love cooking, and I love trying new recipes. Pinterest is a wonderful place to find them, with hundreds of amateur and professional chefs sharing their favourites for the world to enjoy. Only problem is, there are so many, … Read more