Saturday, December 7, 2013

Our Tasty Thanksgiving Menu - 2013

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.  And this year the crisp Autumn weather and the anticipation good company gathering over a delicious meal promises to bring family and close friends together at my home to celebrate the gratitude we all feel for the many blessings in our lives.

I've been tinkering with recipe ideas and conferring with family members for weeks, but I think the menu is solid now.  First, there will be no Tofurkey at our Thanksgiving table (sorry!), but the bird will be fresh (not frozen), humanely treated, and later brined, stuffed, and (hopefully) cooked to perfection.  And there will be an abundance of seasonal vegetables and fruits, either served simply or converted into casseroles, stews, compotes, soups, salads, pies and even beverages.

Our Tasty Thanksgiving Menu - 2013

Butternut Squash Soup
Winter Root Salad
Roast Turkey, Bread Stuffing with Giblets (my Dad's favorite), and Pan Gravy
Vegetarian Bread Dressing
Au Gratin Potatoes made with Gruyere and Creme Fraiche
Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnuts
Parmesan Mushroom Caps
Flash Cooked Fresh Asparagus and Fresh Baby Carrots, with Cracked Pepper
Stuffed Artichoke Hearts
Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Ricotta and Feta Cheeses
Spicy Corn Casserole
Molded Cranberry Salad with Quince and Sour Cherries
Crunchy Baguettes

Winter Sangria (Spanish Red Wine & Seasonal Fruit served over Big Ice Cubes)
Beer from Around the World
Sparkling Cider
Sparkling Water

Lisa's Famous "Eat on the Road" Apple Pie
Tony's Awesome Banana Cream Pie
Wendy's Dazzling Pumpkin Torte


Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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