Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving planning

The clock is ticking. So far here's what we're thinking (subject to inspiration when I get to the market tomorrow morning):

Amuse: 3 crostinis: mixed sauted mushrooms; goat cheese with figs and honey; homemade hummus with slices of roasted red pepper; all on slices of Lisl's sourdough bread

Starter: butternut squash soup with leeks and ginger

Main: Turkey and stuffing (using our usual recipe; the one year I tried a brine I wasn't happy)

Side: potato and fennel gratin

Side: most likely a green bean dish, haven't decided how simple vs complex
(I also think Lisl is making something with cranberries and something with sweet potatoes, but I have an aversion to both so do not have insight into her schemes! With the exception of middle-eastern tagines, I am just not one for mixing sweet fruit and meat.)

Dessert: I'm guessing Lisl will make an apple or pumpkin pie, and I believe that family coming to visit might be importing some dessert as well

Wine: plenty!



What am I thankful for? A lot:

Leaves

9 comments:

kat said...

Sounds like a good menu. We brined our turkey last year & absolutely loved it wonder why you didn't

Giff said...

I probably just need to experiment with the brining concoction. I found that the use of sugar added a sweetness which I didn't like at all.

Stacey Snacks said...

Giff,
Love that photo of Lisl and the peanut.
Happy Turkey Day and stop stealing those recipes from Ina!!!!!
Stace

Giff said...

lol@Stacey you nut

FoodJunkie said...

Wow! That's a lovely menu indeed! Especially the gratin. Are you goinmg to post afterwards?

Peter M said...

Ahhh, you're on a fennel kick still! lol

I'm like you, I don't trifle with the turkey recipe...it has to turn out and Thanksgiving isn't the time for experimentation.

Have a restful Thanksgiving.

Maria said...

Just taking a little coffee break from our own Thanksgiving preparations ... a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

Michelle said...

Sounds lovely, especially that gratin! I hope you have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Zen Chef said...

Happy Thanksgiving Giff!

I just finished my Thanksgiving dinner (which consisted of cooking for 25 people) and i did NOT brine my turkeys. I'm not big on brining birds either.

Hope you had a great day!