Thanksgiving Menu

We've been tasked with Thanksgiving dinner this year, with complete artistic freedom!


(Mom: I'll make the relish! Me: Relish? Mom: The cranberry thing! Me: Cranberry sauce? Mom: Right! Me: Go for it, Mom.) Should you still be looking for inspiration, here is our planned menu:

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
Sage Stuffing (made with Buttermilk Corn Bread)
Roast Stuffed Crisp-Skin Turkey and Giblet Pan Gravy from Cooks' Illustrated (login required)
Cauliflower Gratin
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Walnut Tartlets w. Unshrinkable Sweet Tart Shell (which I'm really looking forward to trying)
Mom's "Relish"

We've had a small setback already - Chris volunteered to pick up 4" tart pans from Tarzian West while I was at work yesterday. I have a love-hate relationship with Tarzian. They tend to have what you need in one form or another, but the service can be awful (not always though) and it's unbelievably cramped. And also, you *may* get your tart pans home to find that half of them don't have bottoms. Whoops! Guess we'll try lining the bottoms with foil and hope for the best, since it's too late to go back now. But we retain our high hopes for our wee tarts!

Best of luck with your Thanksgiving preparations, Dear Readers. And have a wonderful, relaxing holiday!

Posted by jess at November 26, 2008 8:48 AM | TrackBack

Good luck with dinner! I'll be making ours again. Think traditional southern style and add mini cheesecakes for an idea of our meal :D

Enjoy your mom's "relish"!

Posted by: Wanett at November 26, 2008 9:11 AM

oooh, your menu looks delicious. One of these years I want to cook thanksgiving dinner..

Posted by: Diana at November 26, 2008 10:23 AM

Ooo, I am wishing I was eating your Thxgiving dinner tomorrow! Yummy! Good luck and and I look forward to learning about how it went (and seeing tons of pictures).

Posted by: Skylar at November 26, 2008 10:47 AM

Sounds scrumptious! Good luck!!

Posted by: Rebecca at November 26, 2008 10:49 AM

If you happen to have some tin can link that you can scrub, they would be more solid than foil. Or put everything on a cookie sheet. Enjoy.

Posted by: Gillian at November 26, 2008 12:58 PM

oh no- hope the tarts work out fine, the menu certainly sounds great
happy thanksgiving to you and your family

Posted by: asiye Ivedi at November 26, 2008 5:24 PM

Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be thinking good thoughts for your tarts. :)

Posted by: Jessica at November 26, 2008 10:02 PM

I am so jealous of your menu -- sounds delicious.

I am missing my mom's sausage stuffing this year, and my grandpop's escarole soup :(

I did make the best apple pie ever today, and chocolate chip cinnamon cake for the kiddies -- my nieces helped me bake.

Happy Turkey Day from the freezing snow-covered tundra of central Michigan!


Posted by: Erin at November 27, 2008 12:36 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Knittripps at November 27, 2008 9:10 AM

for god's sake, please stop using the word "relish."

Posted by: carrie m at November 27, 2008 10:43 AM

Sounds delicious! I hope the walnut tarts turn out. I would love to try that recipe too!

Posted by: Lisa at November 27, 2008 11:34 AM

ugh, i feel the same way about tarzian west. it's so cramped that they don't even allow strollers in there which means i completely stopped shopping there once C was born. oh well :) happy thanksgiving!

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