While the traditional elements are there, each of these recipes has a slight twist making them oh-so-modern. Use all to host a memorable meal or incorporate one or two into your menu. The recipes, after the jump.
There are few things tastier than the sweet tang of cranberry sauce, and this is the only time of year when I have a good excuse to eat as much of it as I want. The people who concoct seasonal flavors clearly feel the same way I do, because they always come out with a bunch of mouthwateringly scented cranberry goodies this time of year. To celebrate this little beauty industry cran-fest, I've put together some of the prettiest, yummiest fruits of this year's product harvest. Click through and cranberry yourself!
Usually the person hosting is in charge of the turkey. They should also assign side dishes — that way you won't end up with seven sweet potato casseroles and no cranberry sauce — and coordinate a cooking schedule.
If you're a guest at a potluck on Thanksgiving, be sure to ask the hostess what you should bring.
Select a side dish that can be made almost entirely in advance and put it together the morning of the big day. Communicate with the hostess and explain that your dish needs a certain amount of time in the oven or microwave. To see my recipe suggestions — like herb-roasted turkey, fennel and potato puree, sausage and apple stuffing, and cranberry ginger relish — for hosting and attending a potluck Thanksgiving, read more
While some people swear by canned cranberry, in my opinion, nothing beats a homemade variation. Making cranberry is incredibly easy. All you have to do is combine the components in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes. From jelly to gelatin, there are many ingredients that can be mixed with the cranberries.
In this recipe, plump dried cherries add a sweet tartness to the sauce, while fresh orange juice provides a nice acidity. When I was cooking it, I considered pureeing it in the food processor to make it smooth, but in the end, I decided the chunks of cranberry were necessary for a rich texture. To look at how I made it, read more
Turkey day is only one short week away, so if you still don't have your menu planned, I suggest you do it now! Here, I've created six fabulous Thanksgiving menus. From the foodie to the novice to the vegetarian, there's something for everyone. Select a complete menu or pick and choose dishes from each one to create your own delicious meal.
Many people think that serving your family a classic, delicious Thanksgiving requires days of work in the kitchen. However, with a little culinary savviness, one can make a complete meal in a couple of hours. Pick up store-bought snacks to tide over your crowd until turkey time. Put together a simple cheese plate with olives, nuts, figs, and charcuterie.
Cut cook time in half by serving a roasted turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Keep the stuffing simple and the flavoring ingredients to a minimum. A gravy that doesn't require turkey drippings is another time saver. Combine the sweet potato side with the traditional mashed potatoes. Make a quick cranberry sauce with sugar, cranberries, and water. Serve one vegetable side in the form of a crunchy broccoli-cauliflower gratin. To look at these fast and easy recipes, read more
If you're hosting Thanksgiving at your house, then hopefully you've started planning your menu. Once you've decided on the menu lineup, don't wait to stock up on seasonal essentials. Three days before, shop for herbs, spices, seasonings, and other specialty Thanksgiving ingredients, as they'll be the first to go out of stock at the store. These include items such as:
- Fresh cranberries
- Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and sage
To see other items I suggest stockpiling, read more
Mmm — Fall's just begun and I'm mad obsessed with the scents of the season. I've already started burning my spicy-smellin' candles, and my apartment is now a fragrant delight. (At least, it is when the cats haven't done their business. TMI?)
Anyway, to get in the spirit of the changing season, all this week I've been featuring products with Autumn-inspired ingredients that will have you feeling all toasty inside. We've already explored the apple and the pumpkin, so what's left? Cranberry.
Cranberry is not just a side dish your Aunt Mary makes every year for Thanksgiving. Native to North America, this tiny fruit works as a natural anti-bacterial agent. It's also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, making it a wonderful ingredient for staving off the signs of aging. Check out my widget below for some sweet and tart finds: