I have been dying to get back into blogging, writing, cooking and shooting for the past two months.  Ahh, I wish life would slow down a bit.  We are not having Thanksgiving at our home as we will be going to my sister’s house for the over indulging marathon.  Every year I say the same thing, next year I want to have the holidays at our home;  then I find us packing up the car for a long drive to Nevada or hopping back onto a plane heading to Boston.  I decided to pretend I was going to be cooking at home and put together a list for Thanksgiving Menu Planning.  Just maybe, you will make one or two of our favorites to share with your loved ones.  

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Nibbles:  I have to admit the past year I have been eliminating appetizers before a dinner party.  I have been tending to serve a bowl of olives as I wanted our guests to devour everything else.  If I was cooking this Thanksgiving at home I would definitely lay out a few of these favorites with a bottle of bubbles to start the evening.

Amber Ale French Onion Dip

White Cheddar and Sage Gourgeres

Mushroom Pate

Sage and Blue Cheese Log

Turkey:  I only have one turkey recipe and it is for a dry brined turkey.  I love this way of making a turkey as the skin really crisps up and the meat stays moist.  

Sides:  Honestly for me I am all about the sides.  I usually have a nibble of turkey and fill my plate with sides.  I do like a good turkey sandwich the next day but bring on all the potatoes and gravy the day of.  

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Caramelized Onion Gratin

Green Bean Casserole

Brussels sprout Gratin

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Potato and Celeriac Root Dauphinsinoise

Roasted Kabocha with Tahini Dressing

Jeweled Rice Salad

Middle Eastern Inspired Black Rice Salad

Extras:  All the little things that wrap it all up nicely.

Best Turkey Gravy

Turkey Stock for Gravy

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Dessert:  Always save some room for dessert especially at our house

Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Creamy No Cook Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Cannoli 

Pumpkin Pie

Mini Pumpkin Tarts – vegan and GF

Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Chocolate Swirls

Vegan Apple Tart

Leftovers:  besides making the honorary turkey sandwich here are couple more ideas of how to use up the turkey.

Leftover Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa

Asian Turkey Noodle Soup



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