The Thankful Feast

By Tiffany Detweiler - Saturday, November 20, 2010

Photo: © Antonis Achilleos
Photo: © Antonis Achilleos

For the first time in my life I won't be spending Thanksgiving with my family (insert sad face here), we just couldn't finagle a way to travel across country to see them. The holidays have always been a special time for me and my family, especially my mom and I, so I am fighting the "not home for the holidays" blues. Despite not being with family this Thanksgiving I'm determined to cook up a grand feast and give thanks for all the blessings my family and I have enjoyed this year! By nature I'm an optimistic person, so although I will miss my family (mom) this coming Thursday, I'm hopeful for next years Thanksgiving being spent with them! 

Because this is the FIRST Thanksgiving without my mom, this is also the FIRST Thanksgiving where I'm cooking the whole meal! Yikes! I've never cooked a whole Turkey before and I keep envisioning ridiculous and extreme antics to ensue due to my lake of turkey roasting knowledge! I've spent the last two weeks scouring the web and cooking magazines for the perfect recipes to please James and the kids (not normally picky eaters but on Thanksgiving VERY picky). I think I have finally devised a menu that will keep everyone happy and provide us with lots of tasty leftovers!

Appetizer: Variety of Marinated Olives, Crackers and Spinach Dip

 Main Dish: Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bourbon-Pecan Gravy

 Side Dish: Butternut Squash Puree

Side Dish: Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Side Dish: Tangy Mashed Potatoes  

Side Dish: Apple and Pear Spinach salad 

(I'm just going to wing-it for this salad but if it turns out yummy I'll post what I came up with!)

Side Dish: Dinner Rolls

 Dessert:  Pumpkin Pie


As you can see its really all about the side dishes, I'm especially looking forward to the Butternut Squash and Cranberry-Orange sauce! James on the other hand will devour his body weight in dinner rolls and turkey, while the munchkins eat all the olives and pie! 


What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year and what are some of YOUR favorite Thanksgiving recipes?

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