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I need ideas for a Thanksgiving first course

My sister and I are combining forces to prepare our family's traditional Thanksgiving meal. There will be 8 of us total. Three are her kids between 11 and 6.

We were thinking of starting with butternut soup, but my sister has served it twice in the past month. So we're trying to think of another "seasonal" first course that we could make instead. A salad just isn't that interesting to us.

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  1. Are you still interested in a soup? If so, this Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup With Lemongrass & Coconut just caught my eye.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/recipes/article...

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    1. re: tcamp

      And I know you said salad was boring but Rockycat just posted this link in the T'Day Menu thread. The romaine, grapefruit, roquefort salad with pomegranate-port vinegrette sounds anything but boring to me.

      http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/magnoliag...

    2. Try something like this, maybe--
      http://memoriediangelina.blogspot.com...
      very very adaptable to different vegetables. I made a really good one the other day
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8758...

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      1. re: blue room

        ooh thanks for posting this - i had a fantastic one at a restaurant yesterday and i want to make one now.

      2. a small plate of butternut ravioli?
        miniature cheese souffles in ramekins?

          1. Is your main meal starch heavy? If not, you could do a pumpkin or squash risotto, topped with a seared scallop or shrimp. Does the family like beets? Beet carpaccio is beautiful, especially if you use different colors.