It’s hard to believe it’s November already and nearing Thanksgiving and then before we know it, it’s Christmas and then 2020!!! Is it just me or does time just seem to fly by? Here we are in November and it’s time to think about our Thanksgiving menus and that’s what I am doing now even though I am secretly in denial that Thanksgiving is almost here but in 2 weeks we will be sitting down to this sumptuous feast. I always set out to make some new recipes but my family is pretty fussy about expecting the same dishes on our table. It’s tradition and why screw with tradition.
So here we go again with my Thanksgiving recipes –for those of you who have tried them and love them please let me know and if anyone out there has some new great recipes I would love to hear about them.
Enjoy the prep and enjoy the holidays and mostly enjoy your families. Holidays can be tough on all of us but relax and enjoy! I am all for cooking some side dishes ahead and using hot trays to keep my food warm. Since it’s virtually impossible to cook everything and serve it hot you have to employ the use of a few tricks of the trade here. When possible serve some side dishes at room temperature. Use hot trays available on amazon and bed and bath. Make your life easier not more difficult. Cranberry can and should be made ahead as well as sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. Stuffing can be made a day or two ahead and you can re-heat it later, uncovered , and drizzled with a little turkey stock or actual drippings from the turkey pan ( my Grandmother used this trick all the time).Make your salad dressing a day or two ahead as well as any roasted nuts etc. Just get as much together as you possibly can to make your life easier. That’s what it’s all about. I always set my table the day or night before and get out all your serving pieces , platters etc.
Also don’t let guests bring food that has to be prepared at your house, they have to bring food that is ready to go. That means it’s not ice-cold , that means no whipping cream at my house , that also means if you’re bringing fruit salad make sure it’s already cut up before you get here and that means ready to go–on the hot tray but not in my oven!!!! I am all for help with the side dishes but not at the expense of having to use my kitchen! This is my golden rule.
Keep in touch with me –I love to hear your feedback and recommendations etc.
Wishing you happy cooking and happy holidays from my kitchen to yours. Remember be grateful not hateful and Gratitude not Attitude!
These are some of the recipes you may want to look at: I will be posting them one at a time.
Corn Bread Pudding
Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts
Kale and Brussels Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Pumpkin Lentil Soup
Pumpkin Walnut Bread and Hurricane Sandy Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
Cremini Mushroom Pumpkin Lasagna
Pumpkin Penne Bake
Stuffing that will be on our Table or Cranberry Walnut Stuffing
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yam Souffle
Easy Peasy Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes
Aunt Pammy’s Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Karyn’s Famous Thanksgiving Cranberry Crisp and Joy’s Cranberry Sauce
Michele’s White Chocolate Jumbo Macadamia Cookies
Magnolia Banana Pudding