Food! Food! FOOD! It’s food week!!
I mean, it’s Thanksgiving week. Although I love any reason to get together with friends and family over a good meal, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. How cool is it to have an “official” reason to get all sappy and count my many, many blessings, and eat a lot of really great food with the people that I love the most?!
Super-cool–that’s how cool it is.
I couldn’t possibly embark on one of my favorite food-holiday weeks without suggesting a sampling of tasty dishes that I get excited about seeing on the buffet table. You know, just in case you haven’t already had your menu planned for a few months or anything.
A little Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip is always a fun & festive way to start a gathering. Nothing breaks the ice with folks you haven’t seen in awhile then standing around and sharing a little nosh together.
And then, to set the stage for the main event:
Savory Streusel Topped Green Beans are a nice alternative to the traditional green bean casserole–and it’s quick & easy to put together! Vegetables + Carbs = Bliss
Personal Note-to-Self: Step away from the food, Kirsten. Geez! Back up a little with the camera, next time!
Be sure not to forget the Creamy Corn Pudding. I know that it looks like a hot-mess that the-cat-dragged-in, but man! I could make a meal of that creamy cornbread pudding–and have! That’s some seriously good stuff. Coincidentally, it is also more Vegetables + Carbs.
Personal Note-to-Self-2: Try not to entice your friends to eat something by describing it as either a “hot-mess” or “something-that-the-cat-dragged-in.” Definitely do not use both phrases in the same sentence.
A Potato-Zucchini Gratin makes a graceful presentation to any holiday table. The gratin also fits my preferred side dish theme of Vegetables + Carbs + Bonus Cheese.
And because it’s not a holiday meal without more carbohydrates than anyone should possibly eat in one sitting, Cornmeal Rolls are a great make-ahead bread option.
For the Main Event:
Citrusy Herb Roasted Turkey is possibly the easiest, tastiest method to roast a turkey ever. Less than 30 minutes of preparation, pop the turkey in the oven, then get on to more important things. Like hanging out with friends & family, and cheering for the Lions.
Once the turkey and trimmings have been devoured, and John Madden has savored yet another Lions victory, it’ll be time for dessert. I don’t know how things work in your family, but in my family, the dessert table is as long as the buffet table. As it should be.
But if it is a traditional pumpkin dessert is what you are after, then Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes are a nice after dinner sweet.
Although, if you have to choose just one dessert, then Cheesecake Cups are rich, wonderful, bite-sized indulgences that add a nice finish to any meal.
Wherever you are, whatever you do–be sure to slow down long enough to take a few moments to enjoy your company, count your blessings, and always, always chew your food carefully.