Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Menu 2014

With baby girl's arrival fast approaching we knew we wouldn't be traveling for the holiday. We gave Ben's parents a month notice that they and any family they might have for Thanksgiving were welcome to come to our place. Sometimes his aunt and sister from Cleveland come, but we found out that wasn't in their plan for this year. And Ben's brother had surgery yesterday, so that limited things to just Grandma and Grandpa, which is a wonderfully fine crowd for entertaining.

Knowing we'd have company, I still didn't come up with a menu until yesterday, and you'll notice some star players are noticeably absent. More on that later. Here's a list of what I did plan, and a link to all the recipes I used (yes, I'm in love with Mel of Mel's Kitchen Cafe).

We always use Alton Brown's brined and roasted turkey recipe. It does not disappoint. Yum, yum.

And Pumpkin Pie is a must.

I asked Ben for some side dish ideas and he suggested our roasted broccoli recipe. He also requested some sweet potatoes. I could see the hope in his eyes, as he knows I do not like sweet potatoes (though I do like this soup, I know, I'm weird).

Knowing that wasn't enough I started a search for a few other sides. I wanted some regular potatoes and corn, so this is what I decided on: Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon.

I was so proud of my five dish meal I didn't even realize rolls, gravy, cranberry sauce, and stuffing were totally overlooked. I love stuffing, love it! But I've yet to find a recipe that's to die for. So I decided those items would just have to come straight from a can or a box. Luckily, last night Ben's mom asked if she could bring anything, so he shot her my list of "store" bought items.

But here is a funny story, after making this list and doing all the necessary shopping, I dreamed about Apple Pie all night long. No lie. All night ling. I love pumpkin pie, but I woke up this morning determined to make two pies. So now I have to make a special shopping trip for this apple pie, but I don't want to loose sleep over it anymore. And even with just four adults, there's always room for another pie on Thanksgiving, right? 

1 comment:

Mom said...

That corn does sound delicious! But what recipe could go wrong with bacon and cream cheese! I am going to have to try it!

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