Hello my lovelies! The holiday season is upon us and for those of you in the U.S., Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a time for loved ones to gather, usually for an extravagant meal, and whoever prepares it becomes an artist in the kitchen with the audience of the year. I’m sure that this close to the day, you already have your plans mapped out and the shopping completed, but if you’re still wondering how to make the event just a little more special, I’ve asked my dear friend Annie for a few suggestions to share with you. Annie is a marvelous cook, and has given me a few super simple recipes for rustic, artisan side dishes that can be used to spice up your Thanksgiving spread or as vegetarian alternatives. They all use seasonal produce, so whenever possible look for organic options or buy items fresh from your local farmer’s market. The perfect hostess is always sensitive to the dietary needs of her guests, so in any of the dishes below, you can substitute in soy, almond, or rice milk; your favorite alternative sweetener; soy yogurt or vegan butter. Bon appetit!