Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Inspiration…...

If you've committed, like me, to cooking Thanksgiving dinner and are still in need of some inspiration, here ya go!


Sweet Breakfast Quinoa
Cranberry-Orange Breakfast Buns
Silver Dollar Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cinnamon Butter Glaze
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Scones
Pomegranate Molasses Coffee Cake
Spiced Pumpkin Chai Scones

Cranberry Sangria
Holiday Mojito
Maple Bourbon Smash
Dirty Chai Toddy
The Barn Nail
Hot Spiced Rum Cider or Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider
Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans
Maple Glazed Peanuts and Bacon
Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball
Toasted Goat Cheese Crostini with Basil and Red Onion Jam
Creamed Mushrooms on Chive Butter Toast
Wild Mushroom and Stilton Galette

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Cornbread
Corniest Corn Muffins
Pumpkin Regelach with Sage and Walnuts
Pumpkin, Cheddar and Sage Biscuits
Heavenly Oatmeal and Molasses Rolls

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino
Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese
Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion and Toasted Hazelnuts
Persimmon Caprese Salad

Mushroom and Leek Soup with Thyme Cream
Winter Squash Soup with Red Chile and Mint
Roasted Garlic, Pumpkin and Leek Soup
Sweet Potato Soup with Buttered Pecans
Butternut Squash Soup with Pear Cider and Vanilla Bean

Five Links to Read Before Roasting a Turkey
How to Roast a Turkey
World's Simplest Roast Turkey
Dry-Brined Turkey, AKA "The Judy Bird"
The Barefoot Contessa's Perfect Roast Turkey
Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey
Roasted Turkey With Herb Butter and Roasted Shallots
Deep-Fried Turkey

Sides - Relish/Sauce
Apricot Cranberry Relish
Pomegranate-Mint Relish
Cabernet-Cranberry Sauce with Figs
Apple and Cranberry Chutney

Sides: - Veg
Maple Ginger Roasted Vegetables with Pecans
Baked Beans with Maple Glazed Bacon (I know beans are not a veg!)
Roasted Beets and Carrots with Goat Cheese Dressing or Roasted Beets with Orange and Creme Fraiche
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers Walnuts and Anchovies
Braised Kale with Bacon and Mushrooms
Acorn Squash with Chile Lime Vinaigrette
Green Beans with Lemon and Pine Nuts
Cauliflower and Sage
Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Sides - Potatoes
Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin
Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Chantilly Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust
Mashed Potatoes with Manchego and Olive Oil
Yukon Gold and Fennel Puree with Rosemary Butter
Turnip Gratin (I KNOW!!)

Sides - Stuffing/Dressing
Pumpkin Seed Stuffing with Chorizo
Wild Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Apples

Cook's Illustrated Foolproof Pie Crust
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake
Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Maple Gingerbread Layer Cake with Salted Maple Caramel Sauce
Sweet Potato Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Bourbon Cake (Because EVERYTHING can't be pumpkin!)
Maple Upside Down Cake
Ginger and Pear Upside Down Cake
Maple Buttermilk Pudding Cake
Olive Oil and Sauternes Cake with Roasted Pears (Pop….something Nan can do with that bottle of Sauternes!!)
Mace Spiced Crumb Cake with Bourbon Glaze
Cranberry Caramel and Almond Tart
Nutmeg Maple Cream Pie
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie
Oatmeal and Chocolate Pie
Chai Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Bourbon Dark Chocolate Crack Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Soaked Cranberries
Maple Custards with Sugared Pecans
Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce
Pumpkin Gingersnap Tiramisu
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow-Sour Cream Topping and a Gingersnap Crust

Healthy  -  Vegan/Gluten Free, etc.
Gluten Free Butternut Pecan Scones
Quinoa Skillet Bread
Red Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Pecans
Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs
Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Vegan and Gluten Free Cider Roasted Vegetables
Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing with Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Bread Stuffing
Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy
Perfect Vegan Pie Crust
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut Pecan Crust
Raw Vegan Pecan Pie

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