Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Countdown begins...

It's coming, it's coming! Thanksgiving, that is. I have pored through magazines, last years menus, and online to determine The Great Feast. Andy's parents are coming out from Buffalo this year, and we'll have various members of my family here, and potentially some friends, so it will be quite the full house. I am trying to come up with two plans... one for if our friends come, and one for if they aren't coming (I should find out today for sure though). Last year I learned a thing or two about dinner- one being that I should cut back on the appetizers, and they should be served well in advance of dinner. If you want to check it out, here is last year's Thanksgiving menu.

And here is the preliminary thoughts for this years menu:


Gorgonzola and Walnut spread with crackers, breadsticks, and pear slices


Cider Brined Turkey
Mom's Stuffing
Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes
Make-ahead gravy
Roasted Broccoli and Mushrooms
Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots with Lemon-Chive Butter
Fennel and Orange Salad
Pineapple-Cranberry Sauce
Brown Butter Sweet Potatoes


Cranberry-Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Streusel and Cinnamon cream
Cherry-Red Raspberry Pie
Mom's Apple Pie

There will be the usual assortment of beer/wine/cider. My Dad is also bringing a batch of mulled wine, and my sister Lizzie will once again be providing coffee drinks to accompany dessert. The only thing I am on the fence about is the sweet potatoes. I adore sweet potatoes, but I am thinking that they aren't really necessary to dinner. And with regular mashed potatoes, stuffing, and croissants, I think another starch may be a bit too much.

he beauty of this menu is that everything except the turkey and roasted veggies can really be done ahead of time and simply reheated, so that I can spend the afternoon visiting, instead of slaving away in the kitchen. In the next day or two, I will work out an actual timeline of when everything will need to be done, as well as doing my first shopping trip for the non-perishables. Hopefully this year's Thanksgiving will be seamless and wonderful.


Sean Carter said...

Well your menu sounds delicious....I'm sure it'll be enjoyed by all...and hey if you want some more useful ideas and suggestions then just visit my Thanksgiving Blog sometime and find out all that you need to make your Thanksgiving celebrations a grand one!!!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Erika said...

Interesting blog you have there Sean! I'll have to poke around when I have a few minutes.

Thanks for stopping by!