Here is another Thanksgiving recipe idea: Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the stalk. This one is prepared with bacon and a honey sriracha glaze.

This weekend, I spent some more time recipe testing for Thanksgiving. I love finding Brussels Sprouts on the stalk this time of year and almost always have one in my fridge. I’ve wanted to experiment with roasting the whole thing while still on the stalk and I finally got around to trying it.

I usually buy my stalks from Trader Joe’s, but this one I bought at Whole Foods because their stalks are a little shorter, so that I can fit it into my oven and on my baking pan.

This easy mug cake tastes just like melted Reese’s peanut butter cups in cake form.

Over the weekend, I shared my new love for Reese’s chocolate peanut butter spread on Instagram. Have you tried it yet? If you love peanut butter cups, I highly recommend you go and get yourself this spread. It’s available at Walmart and it tastes just like melted peanut butter cups. And I mean it really tastes like the melted candy, rather than just chocolate and peanut butter. I’ve had chocolate peanut butter spread but it’s not the same. The Reese’spread even has a slight graininess from the peanut butter cup filling that is in the candy.

One of the meals I was most looking forward to eating during my trip to Nashville was breakfast. Grits, sausage, biscuits and gravy, I wanted to try it all.

Puckett’s was highly recommended, so on my last morning in Nashville, we went there for a hearty breakfast.

Sweet Tea and Sweet Fruit Tea

Sweet tea is a common drink in the South. While I enjoy it, it’s a little too much for me. I feel like I’m drinking pure simple syrup. Nashville though, specializes in sweet fruit tea, where the sweet tea is mixed with a fruit juice, usually orange, pineapple or lemon. I believe Puckett’s version was orange juice. These acidic and tart juices help to balance out the sweetness and I enjoyed it more than regular sweet tea.

The Early Riser

This was my choice. One of the things I really fell in love with in Nashville is breakfast grits. I’ve never really enjoyed grits in San Diego. I find them to be too mushy and too bland. But in Nashville, I had a few versions of breakfast grits, and despite its simple flavors, I really love them. They taste so comforting and I can imagine eating them every day for breakfast.