I don't know about you, but I am very excited about Thanksgiving! This week I'm pulling out all the stops to help you create the perfect traditional Thanksgiving. When planning a large scale meal always start by finding a recipe for the main dish. In this case it is the turkey. While you could go crazy with brines, glazes, and rubs, keep the turkey simple and season it with a generous herb butter spread. A classic bread, bacon, and leek stuffing is delicious cooked inside or alongside the bird. Take a peek at these recipes and stay tuned for the rest of the meal — just read more
The most important thing to remember when planning your first Thanksgiving is to stay calm. Really, Thanksgiving is just like any old dinner party, but with the menu already established. Don't try to do everything yourself and do get help from the store. Start by creating a massive grocery list of everything you will need. Next, figure out a cooking timeline and schedule. Read each of the following recipes carefully.
For appetizers, create a cheese platter of three cheeses — a soft, spreadable goat, a pungent cheddar, and a creamy blue — with dried fruit, nuts, and crackers. Prosciutto wrapped figs are a delicious accompaniment. Don't take on too many dishes for the main meal. Serve the classics: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a green salad. Purchase a store bought cranberry sauce and gravy, and if desired, ask a trusted friend who enjoys cooking to make a few more sides.
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Fall is coming, which means so are fall yummies. In fact the chills of the evening lead me to mash up a side of red potatoes last night with dinner, and they were delish. Turns out, mashed potatoes made MSNBC's list of the eight most fattening foods of Fall. Damn.
Here's the complete list of things you may want to stay away from (or at least eat in moderation):
- Halloween candy
- Mashed potatoes
- Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Apple pie
- Candy Apple
Do you know what "turducken" is? Tell me what you think it is in the comment section below!
It's pronounced "Keen-wa" and it's known as "The Mother Grain." It's a great alternative to your traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. The original will fill you up quickly, leaving no room for dessert. It is also super high in protein - 1 cup of Quinoa contains a whopping 22 grams of protein, while the usual breadcrumb stuffing has about 1 gram. Plus, quinoa is a whole grain, which is much healthier for you and less processed.
If you've never tried it, it's a lot like rice, and making it is just as easy. It'll be a stuffing to remember. If you want to try out a recipe read more