Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad

Hi friends and a Happy Thanksgiving week to you! Even if you have a busy week, there’s something about the holiday spirit in the air that makes it more manageable (at least for me, anyway!).

I hope you all had a good weekend though! Ours ended up being busier than anticipated, but filled with friends and food, so I can’t complain. ūüôā

Friday Night

Friday night was pretty low-key and I binged on¬†Everybody Loves Raymond via¬†Netflix while cooking dinner and a side dish for a¬†Friendsgiving party we attended on Saturday.¬†I don’t know about you, but I could watch sitcom reruns every day, especially when I’m busy cooking!

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This is the second year I decided to make one of my mom’s recipes for Friendsgiving that is always a favorite –¬†Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad!¬†

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It’s¬†such an easy dish that is always a crowd pleaser! I tripled the recipe for a group of about 20 (and there were no leftovers!).

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Since I made this the night before¬†and didn’t want the salad to get too soggy, I combined the salad ingredients first and threw them in the fridge; then I mixed up the dressing and kept that in a separate air-tight container in the fridge overnight. Lastly, I fried the bacon, (24 slices since I tripled the recipe –¬†yum!), crumbled it, and also kept it in a separate container. Right before I¬†left for the party, I mixed everything together and it was perfect.

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This is a great side dish to play around with. For example, the original recipe calls for raisins, but I HATE raisins with all of my might. I can, however, stand craisins so I used them instead.

I included the full recipe at the bottom of this post, check it out, it’s a perfect party dish!

Saturday

We had an early start to Saturday morning because we were off to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 at 10am!

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The best part? We went to the movie theater with reclining seats, so I was practically laying down the entire time. In terms of the movie itself? I liked it, but I didn’t¬†love it. I thought the first two (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire) were the best in the series.

We followed up our movie with brunch at Burke & Wills, an Australian bistro on the Upper West Side. AJ went for the Eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly, and I opted for the Lox Benny with lox, poached eggs, grilled scallions, and capers.

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They also have a DIY Bloody Mary’s on the menu, which was fun and we¬†got creative with ordering our brunch cocktails.

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After we ate, we had about an hour to go home and regroup before heading out to Queens for Friendsgiving!

I finished putting together my Broccoli Salad and I also¬†had a Trader Joe’s box mix for a Pumpkin Cornbread so decided to whip up an easy batch of that as well.¬†So good. I’m glad I decided to leave a few squares home for us to snack on this week. Trader Joe’s, you did it again.

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Sunday

I realized I didn’t take any photos of our Sunday funday, but the morning began with¬†church before heading into¬†Hoboken for the afternoon. We visited with some more friends and finally met their adorable baby boy for the first time!

We also¬†met up with AJ’s sister and her boyfriend for some football watching and wing eating. All 4 of us won NY Jets t-shirts, which was very exciting until we realized they were announcing practically everyone’s name at the bar. Even less exciting when I realized they were all XL.

That about wraps up our weekend, I’m definitely starting to get in the holiday spirit. And only one and a half work days left for this girl. ūüôā

Finally,¬†here’s the broccoli salad recipe I promised! Such a good recipe to have on hand¬†if you’re in need of a last-minute Thanksgiving side this year!

Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad Recipe

Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad recipe

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