Our Thanksgiving Menu

by Lara on November 23, 2011

Just a quick post to share our Thanksgiving menu this year:

Apple-butternut squash soup

Cheesy chive biscuits (based on this recipe from Real Simple)

Brined and roasted turkey (see below) and giblet gravy

Honey nut brussel sprouts

Sweet potatoes with pecans and parmesan

Cranberry-orange sauce

Cornbread stuffing (this is my one “cheat” dish…I bought a box from Trader Joe’s)

Caramelized pumpkin and pear crumble with vanilla ice cream

I am ever-so-intimated about cooking my first turkey, which is why I have consulted a multitude of resources about the best method. ย In doing so, I have come up with a hybrid “recipe,” involving the following:

…and last, but not least, a turkey brine and herb kit from Whole Foods.

The common denominator from most of these sources are as follows: brining is best; cook the bird mostly breast-side down; and if turkey is the priority, it is best to cook the stuffing on the side.

If I mess this up, it will not be from a lack of research or resources. ย Wish me luck, and enjoy your holiday!

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey plump,

May your potatoes and gravy

Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off of your thighs!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Floey November 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I hope you post a thanksgiving re-cap! Would love to see these wonderful dishes!


glidingcalm November 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

WOWEE ! what a menu!! Ill have to come over to steal some leftovers ๐Ÿ˜‰

take pics! i cant wait to hear about your cooking day!! im sure everything will turn out delicious!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Andrea@WellnessNotes November 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Very impressive menu! I’m sure everything will turn out great. Plus, it’s really about making some great memories and not necessarily the “perfect meal,” right? Well, that’s what I’m telling my family anyways… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


saysskippy November 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Aw, thanks for the shout out Lara! Your turkey will turn out delicious! Did you also decide to use one of those oven bags that makes it cook faster/ traps the moisture in? Regardless I am sure it’ll be amazing, and I can’t wait to hear all about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving! xoxox


Lara November 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I couldn’t track down an oven bag conveniently…ended up with that brining kit and it worked out really well!


saysskippy November 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

I bet it still turned out awesome! Can’t wait to hear a recap ๐Ÿ™‚


Lara November 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

It turned out great! Probably won’t do a recap since I included recipes in this post already, and my photos of food lately are craptacular. Hope your holiday was nice, too!


Roz@weightingfor50 November 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

HI Lara, what an amazing looking menu. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Just catching up on your last post too. Belated Happy Birthday to your husband. Know what??? He has a long lost twin brother here in Vancouver – our friend Trevor and he…could be twins. Holy smokes…the resemblance is uncanny!!! Wow… All the best for the weekend.


Lara November 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hey Roz, How funny! I’d love to see a photo someday ๐Ÿ˜‰ “They” say that everyone has a twin, right? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!


saysskippy November 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

I bet it still turned out awesome! Can’t wait to hear a recap!


Paige November 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

Ha! Love that poem/phrase ๐Ÿ˜€
Your menu sounds super tasty, Lara! I’m checking out the caramel pear/pumpkin crumble now.


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