Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Planning and Favorite Recipes!

Can you believe it's the week of Thanksgiving? Well, we are hosting this year and wanted to share some of our favorite recipes with you in case you need some ideas! Here's what we will be making and the links to past posts:

- Turkey on the Big Green Egg. This slow cooked turkey is not only delicious but frees up the oven for other things.

- Grandma S's Cranberry Orange relish. This no cook recipe is bright and fresh. It takes no time at all! But if you want a cooked cranberry, try thisL

- Cranberry Ginger Relish. Five simple ingredients (cranberries, sugar, water, red wine vinegar, and ginger) and the stove make lovely cooked cranberry accompaniment.

- The Best Mashed Potatoes. Ever. The secret ingredient is psss- cream cheese! We might be steaming our potatoes this year after watching it done on American's Test Kitchen. They had some good scientific reasons for doing so and we were intrigued. More to come. Also this post had some beautiful butternut squash and pomegranate recipe.

We are also making the pies and rolls. Hmm, I'm thinking pumpkin and a cinnamon apple crumble pie.

Finally a few bonus links:

- How to safely thaw your turkey. A little food science here for safe turkey handling.

- A non-alcoholic sweet tart cranberry spritzer for the table. This is light and refreshing so you can save room for more turkey and stuffing.

- Edible Bacon Bowls. This plated salad used strips of bacon to make the "bowl" for a delicious and interesting salad presentation.

- Past Pie Posts. How to beautify your crust and other posts on pies that we've made.

Hope you are foodspired for Thanksgiving and let us know if you try any of these recipes!