We have finalized the menu for Thanksgiving, folks!
There is actually less creative license here than I’m leading you to believe. Don’t be fooled. People like what they like for Thanksgiving. And my people are no different. So, by the time we make sure we’ve included everyone’s must-have, there’s not a whole lot left to experiment with. This is hard for a girl with a gagillion cookbooks and food magazines. Sigh.
My brother has to have creamed spinach.
My dad needs to have regular mashed potatoes.
I refuse to swap out our cranberry sauce for any alternate recipe.
Stuffing is pretty sacred, and my mom’s is pretty rockstar. So when I want to experiment, I make a second version. Because you just can't risk having sub-par stuffing for Thanskgiving.
Pumpkin pie. Maybe another one of my must-haves.
I’m wondering what my mom’s must-have is as I type this. I think she’d say gravy. But she’s generally more open-minded and flexible than the rest of us.
For Zach, it’s chocolate pie. Weird.
So, we’re having most of the regulars this year with a couple of new additions. To be safe, most of these are being added vs swapped. Phew.
Ina’s Perfect Roast Turkey & Gravy (my dad is always in charge of the turkey)
Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese & Pecans—NEW for 2011, being swapped for the usual Sweet Potatoes with Glazed Apples
Italian Sausage & Bread Stuffing—NEW for 2011
Cranberry Pear Relish
Herb and Cheese Poppers—NEW for 2011
Cranberry Nut Bread
Great Grandma Vermeer’s Apple Pie (this is a recipe from my best friend’s family)
Upside Down Cranberry Cake—NEW for 2011
Chocolate Pie (b/c Zach insists this is Thanksgiving-ish)
Pecan Pie (that John-Paul always makes at a pie-making pre-Thanksgiving party)
Despite the fact that it's not largely comprised of new and creative recipes from the pages of Bon Appetit or the like, it still sounds delicious.
And I’m almost full just typing it.
This weekend I did all of the necessary prep. I made my shopping list, organized by store. Did you know this menu will require almost 20 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, and 3 lbs of butter?! Gulp.
I lined up all of my baking dishes and labeled them according to what will go in what.
I bought my favorite Crane napkins—they look like cloth napkins, but are disposable. This year I picked some that have a silver bark-ish pattern on them. Love those napkins for entertaining.
I researched which bottles of wine we’ll be buying tomorrow night.
We already have our friends’ card table from last year to add on to our dining room table. So, I guess it’s good we didn’t ever return it. They’ll actually be sitting around it this year eating with us!
I added a reminder on my calendar to pick up the turkey at Clancey’s on Wednesday.
I made the Herb & Cheese Poppers, and froze the dough. Also baked off a couple to try.
I already decided what we’ll have for dinner Wednesday with everyone in town after a day of cooking and baking (pizza from Broder’s).
I took a nap today in an effort to rest up for the marathon of cooking on Wednesday.
And speaking of the cooking that is taking place on Wednesday, I also looked at the weather forecast to see if it’ll be cold enough to use our porch as a second refrigerator this year. Questionable.
Food, I love you. This year, among other things, I’m thankful for you. J