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Nov 23, 2005 11:19 AM

Your Thanksgiving Day Menu!!

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I can't believe we haven't done this post yet!! But I dunno about the rest of you, but with it only being one more day for this Mexican Caribbean girl to have her first traditional New England Thanksgiving!! I'm just SO excited!!! :)

Here's what we got on our menu:

Alton's Brined Roast Turkey (With a few tweaks): This will be the first time me trying home brined turkey!

Sausage Stuffing (Using sweet and spicy italian stuffing): I made the bread cubes on Monday and had fun doing it! I am making my own Croutons from now on! :)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: BF's published recipe! :)

Creamed Onions and Peas: Thanks Dana for getting me over my frozen Onion Snobbiness... ;)

Ginger Sliced Carrots: Simple recipe we have every year

Orange Cranberry Sauce and Ginger Cranberry Sauce: I want to do a boozy one (Orange) and BF wants to do Altons (Ginger), so why not do both! LOL!

Homemade Rolls: Gotta take advanage to BF's breadmaking Skills

Brown Bread: To snack on while cooking

Apple and Tart Cherry Pie: My very first pie! Hopefully it comes out as wonderful as last time!

Cranberry and Chocolate Bread Pudding: A friends slightly boozy recipe! :)

And in the morning BF is making Stickey Buns.

With Alices Restaurant playing in the background, it will be a thankgiving unlike anything my parents ever experienced! LOL!

Thanks so much for all your advice and recipes and I hope all the cooks on this board have a great time cooking and w wonderful thanksgiving! :)


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  1. Celery Root Soup with Spiced Maple Vinegar from last week's NTY

    Turkey and Gravy
    Cabernet Cranberries
    Oyster Dressing
    Mashed Potatoes with butter and cream
    Chipotle Sweet Potato Gratin from CH last Friday
    Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts and Lemon
    Collards with Country Ham

    Ruby Red Grapefruit Granita with Tarragon

    Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and Bourbon and Pecan Caramel Sauce
    Pear Mincemeat Pie
    Pumpkin Cream Horns

    3 Replies
    1. re: Candy

      Do you have room for one extra guest? ;)

      1. re: theSauce

        Actually yes, there is one chair available.

      2. re: Candy

        Would you report on the Celery Root Soup with Spiced Maple Vinegar at some point? Recipe looks great and I'd like to hear about it firsthand. In particular, does the maple vinegar mix in when topped with the soup? I considered layering the vinegar on top.

      3. Nice post. I hope your first traditional NE Thanksgiving Dinner is wonderful.

        This year, after reading many purist posts from Chowhounds, I was inspired to simplify. Here's what I'm making:

        (for nibbles)
        Port cheese spread with crackers
        Sweet & spicy pecans

        Artichoke Cornbread Stuffing
        Pepperidge Farm bag stuffing (if I don't include this one, a few people threaten to walk out)
        Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
        Roasted Cauliflower (I throw together the cauli w/ evoo, mustard, breadcrumbs and a little good parm at the end)
        Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Pistachio Nuts
        Spinach Balls (from a chowhound's post)
        Cheese straws
        easy cranberry sauce (the recipe Nikki Rothman posted)
        the turkey will be made by my grandmother, as always

        Coconut Cream Pie
        Pumpkin Pie (am trying the Libby's version this year instead of my usual, from Rose Beranbaum)

        Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

        1. Since it's just me and 2 friends, with no great fondness for turkey:

          Roast chicken (Marcella Hazan's recipe)
          Mixed greens with pomegranate, fennel, and ricotta salata
          Maple mashed sweet potatoes
          Roasted green beans and red onions with balsamic vinegar
          Cornbread, sausage, cranberry stuffing

          Ginger honey pumpkin pie, with whipped cream and a little cranberry compote

          1. We are having a cooperative Thanksgiving at the home of good friends and our stated goal is to keep it very simple:
            red pepper hummos and crackers for nibbles
            roasted fresh kosher turkey & giblet gravy
            roasted veggies (I have parsnips, beets, carrots, onions, mushrooms and broccoli: will figure out the combinations tomorrow)
            baked sweet potatoes
            cranberry sauce/relish
            pumpkin pie (made with soy milk)
            assorted sorbets
            wine: Bartenura moscato d'asti & Baron Herzog cabernet sauvignon

            1. Happy Thanksgiving all!

              Baked Brie en croute with cranberry compote
              Puff pastry pesto, and tapenade pinwheels
              Blue cheese and caramelized shallot dip with chips and crudites
              Warm Rosemary Cashews
              Marinated Cocktail Shrimp in herbed oil

              Apple, dried cranberry, and pecan salad with baby greens and maple dressing

              Main Meal:
              Mango-chutney glazed ham with honey mustard sauce
              Deep Fried Turkey and Gravy
              Grand Marnier, Apricot, and Chestnut Stuffing
              Maple Squash Puree
              Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions
              Mashed potatoes with leeks and fresh thyme
              Cranberry sauce with Marsala, cherries, and rosemary (from Funwithfood's recipe on this board)
              Canned jellied cranberry sauce

              Mom's bringing sweet potatoes, and a friend is bringing a Lebanese rice stuffing called Hashwey (yum)

              Crescent rolls and cream cheese biscuits with pear butter

              Brandied Pumpkin pie
              Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
              Pecan Pie Ginger Cheesecake
              Pumpkin Ice Cream

              Okay, now I have to go bake some pies!