Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving recipe round-up

This is what my Thanksgiving will look like. Not shown is the mass chaos that my family creates. What you can't hear is the sound of dogs barking, my siblings talking over each other, my parents bickering, and (a new one this year!) a sweet little baby girl crying (my niece Chloe).

I love Thanksgiving so much. It's my favorite holiday. Yes, even more than Christmas (though Christmas is as close of a second as you can get). I love the chaos that comes along with my crazy family. I love cooking the turkey with my sweetie, even though at the last hour we always stress over its doneness. Will it be moist enough? Is it overcooked? Why the hell isn't the digital thermometer working!?

Here is our Thanksgiving menu:

Baked brie with pecans
Smoked oysters with cream cheese and crackers (Erik must have these appetizers, he grew up with them)
Artichoke dip
Mushroom tartlets

Main course
Parmesan sage turkey (I am attempting to use an oven bag this year to ensure a moist turkey, have any of you tried this method? Any tips/tricks?)
Mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Stuffing (my aunt makes this each year and it's delicious)
Cranberries (simple, just the canned kind, my sister's favorite)
Pickles (another fave of my sister's)

TBD (my brother and his wife are in charge of dessert)
By the time dessert rolls around I'm rarely hungry but this year I will save lots of room for my sweets!

Sparkling juice


  1. I can't wait for Thanksgiving!


  2. I heart Thanksgiving...my favorite day of the year...my favorite holiday! A day to eat yummy delic food!!! Your feast looks amazing...I can't wait for my two feast on Thursday, I will have a full belly!


  3. I, too, love Thanksgiving. I love cooking all day and drinking wine and tasting food as I go. I've never used a oven bag - in fact, this year I am not going to do anything fancy to my bird before I cook it - I never think all the preparation really makes that much difference. So I simply bought an organic Whole Foods turkey that is already brined...we'll see how it turns out!

  4. I can't wait for thanksgiving! I can't believe it is so close! My little sister gets in tonight for the week and I can hardly sit still at my desk I am so excited!

  5. We always cook our whole turkeys in oven bags. Here's what we do: Add a bit of flour to the bag and shake it to coat the bag. Add some water and the turkey. Close the bag tightly and poke a few holes in it with a fork. Turns out perfectly every time.

    Good luck!

  6. For dessert it will be...homemade apple pies and maybe something pumpkin, either a pumpkin cheesecake or whoopie pies or something along those lines. We'll see how ambitious we're feeling!! :)

  7. For the turkey in the bag, if you didn't already know, be sure to oil the entire bag. The turkey will be amazing. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  8. We use a bag and have had good results with it - good luck - I'm sure it will be amazing!

  9. Loved this post so much I decided to do one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration, please check it out! http://www.thedopegirl.com/2011/11/what-my-thanksgiving-looks-like.html

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Sounds wonderful! Have a great Thanksgiving!