The Thanksgiving table: Thinking beyond the turkey

I know I said that Halloween & Yule/Christmas are tied for my favorite holidays, but who am I kidding? I love all holidays. I attribute this to my amazing family. I’m lucky to have a family that I truly enjoy being a part of. I’m also lucky that my Dad is a wonderful cook. He’s hosting Thanksgiving again this year, and I’ve volunteered to help him with a few of the sides. So in my brainstorming and recipe-pinning, I found a few favorites that I thought I’d share.

Rosemary Focaccia via Poet in the Pantry ~ You might remember when Carrie a.k.a. the Poet in the Pantry shared her Butter Rum Cake recipe here on Poor & Pretty. Turns out she makes more than really amazing desserts! I almost want to run out and buy a bread machine so I can make this rosemary focaccia. Rosemary is my all-time favorite cooking herb/spice.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries via Whole Foods Market ~ When Stan and I lived in Manchester, there was a Whole Foods Market not far from us in Glastonbury. It can be a bit pricey, but I shopped there every once and a while and especially loved going for their recipes. This is a particularly delicious take on butternut squash.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce via Two Peas & Their Pod ~ Now, I am not one to knock the canned cranberry sauce. I’d eat an entire can myself if I weren’t concerned about saving room for the rest of Thanksgiving dinner. But a few years ago, my cousin Karyn made an amazing cranberry-orange sauce that I’ve been dying to recreate. This probably isn’t the exact same thing, but I’m going to make it nonetheless because it looks just as delicious.

Mashed Potatoes with Herb-Infused Cream and Chives via Williams-Sonoma ~ My Dad makes ludicrously good mashed potatoes on his own — he uses a KitchenAid to get them so whipped, you think you’re eating some kind of dessert rather than a potato dish. He bought something at Williams-Sonoma a few weeks ago and found this recipe in a Thanksgiving booklet they put into his bag. Mashed potatoes with herbs and chives? I’m in!

Pushing Daisies‘ Apple Gruyere Cup Pies via Cave Cibum ~ Okay, I’m going to admit something truly embarrassing. I went to see the Breaking Dawn 2 premier last Thursday night with Mish and Suzi. And you know what? It actually wasn’t too bad. My favorite parts were the ones that Lee Pace {formerly Ned/The Piemaker on Pushing Daisies} were in. You can’t help but be charmed by his adorable smile and beautiful eyes… okay, I’ll stop because I know Stan reads this ;) Anyway, it reminded me of this recipe for Pushing Daisies-inspired Apple Gruyere Cup Pies. I made them for Thanksgiving last year and they were a big hit. Desserts are Suzi’s territory this year, though {hint, hint, Suzi?}.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?


1 Comment

  1. suzi   •  

    I think you should go out and buy a bread maker…. I love any bread that has rosemary in it yum! I’ll think about the apple pie… I do make a mean traditional apple pie though, so we’ll see ;)

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