Okay ya'll, I FINALLY got my menu set for Thanksgiving Day. I really love to cook, and have a sliiiiight control issue when it comes to letting anyone else help - sort of. I mean, I have my list of things I plan to cook, but don't mind asking for another dish here or there if I need (for instance, my mom makes The Best Homemade Bread EVER, so she'll bring homemade rolls, and a sweet potato casserole that is more like dessert. For the rest of my menu, check out the links below.
I have never brined a turkey before (anyone else done that?), so I'm always concerned when I'm trying something new on Thanksgiving no less. Still, the reviews on this were pretty stellar, so I'm sure it'll turn out fine.
Paula Deen's Apple Cranberry Stuffing
NORMALLY I stay away from Paula Deen recipes, because they are typically laden with fat, but this is T-Day, so I figure I'm not going to worry about that for one day a year (becept I will switch out dried cherries for the cranberries, just cuz I like them mo bettah).
Roasted Green Beans with Pancetta and Yogurt
Nothing earth-shattering here, but I feel compelled to put something green on the table.
Mashed Potatoes and Mascarpone and Chives
As I was saying, I feel compelled to put green on the table, espesh when I'm cooking mashed potatoes with frigging mascarpone cheese. NOM NOM NOMMMMMM.
Cranberries with Cointreau
My whole life I have never liked cranberries, but for the last few years, I have really enjoyed them. The last 2 years, I made a cranberry ginger relish that was pretty good, but decided to switch it up this year with cranberries and cointreau. Um, yum.
And now for the big daddy. The Turkey Day Desserts. I'm doing two, one this Macadamia Nut Cream Pie with Coconut that looks heavenly. For my second, I initially planned on a ShooFly Pie, which I have never made before, but it looks pretty yummy, but then came across a recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Tart over the weekend. The both look yummy, but I can't decide, so I'm leaving it to you, dear readers, to cast your vote in the comments and make the decision for me. What say you? The ShooFly Pie, or something a wee bit more classic (but not TOO classic), the Bourbon Pumpkin Tart? Vote, please!!! Here ye! Here ye!! And while you're at it, tell me what YOU'RE making for the big day.
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