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The Thanksgiving menu. November 19, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in recipes, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and it’s not a minute too soon to start thinking about the menu, making your shopping list, and creating a timeline so everything’s done in time and ready for the table.

I’m vegetarian, so our groaning board will be missing that traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece, the turkey. But after Christmas, Thanksgiving—the celebration of another bounteous year, a reminder to give thanks for our many blessings, the culmination of Harvest Home—is my favorite holiday, so I want to make sure we and our guests have plenty of good food to eat. Here’s what I plan to serve this year:

Appetizers

endive boats (stuffed with gorgonzola and feta cheese, cranberries, and pecans)

poblano poppers (cored, halved poblano chiles stuffed with cream cheese and shredded Mexican cheese blend)

Salads

hearty tossed salad (endive, radicchio, romaine, escarole, arugula, kale, mustard greens, tons of chopped veggies, Spanish onion and scallions, olives, and cheeses, choice of dressings)

coleslaw (shredded green and purple cabbage, shredded carrots, diced sweet onion, diced Granny Smith apples, crumbled blue cheese, caraway and/or cracked fennel seed, black mustardseed, cracked black pepper, vinaigrette)

Delilah’s lentil-apple salad

Soup

curried pumpkin soup

Main Course

cranberry sauce

summer squash casserole

cranberry dressing

potato and winter squash casserole with Gruyere cheese, or mashed potatoes

roasted sliced sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and sweet onion

green beans

corn pudding

Desserts

sour cherry pie

pumpkin cheesecake bars

pecan pie

Okay, even with guests, this is a ton of food. But the great thing about Thanksgiving food is that it keeps so well! Even after we send food home for guests, we’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy for at least a week. Hallelujah!

I’ll be sharing some recipes for this meal with you as we get closer to Thanksgiving. They’re too good not to try!

And please, share your Thanksgiving menu with us. We’d love to know what you’re having!

                   ‘Til next time,

                             Silence

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