Talking turkey. November 9, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in recipes, wit and wisdom.
Tags: planning Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving food, Thanksgiving menu, vegetarian Thanksgiving
Or not. Silence Dogood here. We have friends—Joy, Cole, Candyce, Edith, Rob—who think Hallowe’en is the greatest holiday of the year. Our friend Ben’s brother thinks Easter is the year’s premier holiday. But here at Hawk’s Haven, the cottage home our friend Ben and I share in the precise middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania, Christmas and its family traditions rule, except when it comes to food. As far as food is concerned, the annual Thanksgiving feast—our celebration of the abundance of Harvest Home—reigns supreme.
Mind you, I’m a vegetarian, so no actual turkey makes an appearance on our Thanksgiving table, nor do the luscious turkey sandwiches and creamed turkey on toast I recall fondly from my childhood make a post-Thanksgiving appearance. But that’s not to say you can’t sub the Butterball for my main-dish entrees recommended below. If you follow my lead, you’ll have a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner, with or without the big bird.
I love planning the Thanksgiving meal, as well as seasonal harvest dishes after the Thanksgiving leftovers have been enjoyed. And I have lots and lots of special seasonal recipes to share with all of you. So this year, I’m opening the floor to requests. Let me know which recipes you want, and I’ll publish them here at Poor Richard’s Almanac on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Since I’ll be travelling this weekend for my father’s birthday and won’t be home ’til Monday evening (don’t worry, I’ve made tons of reheatable dishes for OFB), I’ll definitely be facing a Thanksgiving cooking crunch come Tuesday, and will be posting a make-ahead schedule for the rest of you who don’t want to risk heart attack or stroke from pressure on the big day.
Meanwhile, here are the options for a Silence Dogood blowout Thanksgiving meal. Vote for your favorites, and let me know which recipes you’d like to have! And needless to say, please vary your courses. If you choose the curried pumpkin or winter squash soup as an appetizer, don’t make sweet potatoes or the potato and winter squash casserole. If you make the luscious Endive Boats as an appetizer, don’t make the Green Apple Salad with Endive and Radicchio. No repetition!
So, everyone, place your votes and request recipes at will! I’ll be only too happy to serve them up.
‘Til next time,
Appetizers (choose 1):
Curried Pumpkin Soup or Chaz’s Winter Squash Soup
Cranberry-Cream Cheese Rangoons
Martha Stewart’s Cheese Balls Three Ways
Salad Course: (choose 1):
Coleslaw with Cilantro and Scallions
Aunt Debbi’s Coleslaw
Silence’s Quick Colseslaw
Bibb-and-Radish Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Green Apple Salad with Endive and Radicchio
Pear and Frisee Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
Garlicky Caesar Salad
Delilah’s Lentil and Apple Salad
Lively Lentil Salad
Sides (choose 5):
Silence’s Ultimate Cranberry Sauce
Silence’s Amazing Cranberry Dressing
Toasted Sweet Corn Pudding
Amy Good’s Broccoli Saute
Cat Cora’s Brussels Sprouts
Silence’s Super Squash Casserole
Landis Store’s Sweet Potato Souffle
Sauteed Chiffonaded Brussels Sprouts, Corn and Sweet Onion
Mashed Potatoes (OFB always insists on these)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Onions and Mushrooms
Stuffed Roasted Portabella Caps
Green Beans Amondine
Main Dish (choose 1):
Potatoes and Winter Squash Casserole with Gruyere Cheese
Delilah’s Crock Pot Mac’N’Cheese
Baked Curried Brown Rice and Lentil Pilaf
Jen’s Mushroom Carbonara
Easy Pesto Pasta
Super-Simple Creamy Pasta
Apres-Feast (choose 1 or 2):
Herb tea (preferably a digestive like peppermint. chamomile or fennel)
Hot apple cider spiked with dark rum (Gosling is our favorite), cinnamon, and cloves
Cold Hard Cider
Fruit and Cheese Tray
Dark Chocolate Confections
Apricots or Ginger Dipped in Dark Chocolate
There you have it! Cast your votes!