Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Turkey Day

You know what, readers? It is almost Thanksgiving. The biggest cooking holiday of the year, and I am not sure what to make. First of all, I'm hindered by the all vegetarian side dishes (so many vegetarians in CA). Second, I haven't scoped out the produce in CA yet - I know it will be amazing, but what will it be? I just don't know. So far I'm thinking:

Turkey (duh. I use the recipe from the November 2006 issue of Gourmet. It's super easy)
Gravy (ditto)
Mashed Potatoes (one of the only Thanksgiving foods that my sister likes)
Butternut Squash (because I love it this year - not sure what to do with it yet)

....and some more stuff? My dad wants me to make challah, obviously we need some cranberries and some more vegetables....but what? My mom will probably make a salad (the members of my immediate family are all big salad enthusiasts) and a pumpkin pie.....

Any thoughts? Recipes? I need help.


Mikochan said...

I'm a fan of green beans, and they are a Thanksgiving food. Also, wild rice.

Katherine said...

I learned a great butternut squash recipe recently. It's basically this:
Peel and slice the squash in half, then in 3/4 inch pieces. Put them in a bakin dish and cover (or nearly) with half and half and orange juice (about two parts cream to one part OJ), and add fresh sage, a little salt and pepper, and bake at 400 for about 20 or 30 minutes. At some point in the baking stir it around a little s that the pieces sticking out don't dry up... and that's it!

Someone served it to me, and I tried it myself. It was easy and everyone loved it.

Meredith said...

I like the idea of you doing the Gourmet fancy menu. Do you really have to forgo chicken stock? I think you should make those picky vegetarians eat salad and baked sweet potatoes, so you can make what you want. You are the cook, you know.