I definitely have more to say about Matthew – but I just realized that wonderful, glorious THANKSGIVING is only one week away. Oh, I ADORE Thanksgiving. A day off with family and football – and without the pressure of presents.
So, because I love food in all it’s forms and cooking is therapy to my little soul, I spend a LOT of time scouring the web and various cookbooks and magazines for the right Thanksgiving menu. This year my crowd is smaller, so I’m not making the same variety of dishes I normally make, but I’m super excited about all the recipes I’ve chosen. One of the things I love about cooking is that it’s so collaborative and creates such a warm sense of community…so I thought I would share what I found for our holiday and YOU can tell ME what you’re doing (and you might even get me to change my mind….I’m easy that way.)
Here’s our menu as it stands, with links to the recipes that are online:
Fruit-filled Muffins: I’ll bake these in the morning when I put the turkey in the oven and we’ll eat them for breakfast and all day long. They are so simple but my family LOVES, loves them!
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms: These mushrooms are being called up from Christmas Eve and Superbowl Sunday where they have lived heretofore. I’ve linked a recipe, but it leaves out the most important ingredient which is: copious amounts of shredded mozzarella on top.
Bruschetta with Sweet Peppers and Creamy Gorgonzola (please know how many times I had to type Bruschetta to get it right): I ADORE bruschetta and my husband loves gorgonzola, so this recipe looked just right to complete the appetizer course. It’s the only thing on my menu I haven’t tried yet, so keep your fingers crossed!
Perfect Roast Turkey: I make Ina Garten’s “perfect roast chicken” probably twice a month in the summer when my herb garden is abundant. It’s beautiful and fragrant and – Ina’s not exaggerating here – perfect. This is the turkey variation.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes: I can’t begin to sing the praises of these guys loud or long enough. They’re sweet and spicy and everything wonderful. Even though they may seem a little funky at first glance, my whole family LOVES them – even the hard-to-feed ones – so don’t be afraid of the chipotle conglomeration.
Cranberry Orange Sauce: Yum! Fresh…citrussy and just…yum. Fantastic on turkey sandwiches or wraps after the main event is over.
Mashed Potaoes and Turkey pan gravy. Because, seriously, of all the things to be thankful for in life – mashed potatoes and gravy? Tippy-top of the list!
Green Bean Casserole: I’ve actually never made this before. I usually make brussels sprouts or this fresh asparagus dish, but this year I decided to show the lowly green bean some love. I’ll let you know if I have regrets. Oh believe me, I will let you know!
And for dessert...one of my 2007 discoveries from the artery-clogging kitchen of Paula Deen:
Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake. It’s sinful. It’s delicious. It’s probably illegal in 7 states. All I can say is: if lovin’ Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Cranberry Pecan Bread. Not everyone loves this stuff, but I love this stuff and at the end of the day, after I’ve cooked and slaved and toiled and troubled myself right into an early nap – this bread will be my reward. This bread and a cup of coffee with cream. Such a grand reward.
So that’s pretty much it. I can’t wait for the day to arrive and I’m so glad to live in America where we set aside a whole entire day for the purpose of killing a fat bird and eating ourselves silly.
What are you eating?
With visions of cranberries,