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Thanksgiving: Recipes, Tips, Menus and Techniques | SAVEUR

With Halloween over it is time to start planning for that feast of feasts – Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving does not have to be a stressful event for you if you start planning everything out well ahead of time. Do some menu planning, start stocking your pantry, get your recipes ready and there are many things you can even make ahead of time to make the day even easier. Saveur has put together all kinds of menu ideas, recipes, hints, tricks, tips and techniques that you can use to make your meal fantastic from start to finish. Check it out!

I really am hoping I can get back to having some time to post some of my own recipes soon. There has just been too much going on the last few months to keep up with blogging, but I am going to make a concerted effort to try to turn that around because I enjoy doing it. Please bare with me; I am getting there!

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Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes : Cooking Channel

Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes : Cooking Channel.

When planning your Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to forget about having some great appetizers to keep everyone ready for the big meal. Cooking Channel has put together 60 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that you can try to keep the crowd happy. Check it out!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Appetizers, Cooking, Cooking Websites, Holidays, Snacks

 

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Thanksgiving: Recipes, Tips, Menus and Techniques | SAVEUR

Thanksgiving: Recipes, Tips, Menus and Techniques | SAVEUR.

With Michelle’s birthday this weekend, I have a lot of planning, prep work and regular work to do so I’ll be posting some great links for Thanksgiving ideas from some popular websites, such as this one:

It’s never too early to start planning out your Thanksgiving menu and Saveur magazine has you covered with lots of great recipes, tips, menus you can make, techniques to help you and videos to watch to help you with everything from gravy to carving the turkey to leftovers. Check it out!

 

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes – Photo Gallery | SAVEUR

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes – Photo Gallery | SAVEUR.

If it’s getting down to the wire and you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, there is still time for you to get some ideas for quick and easy items for you to make. Saveur Magazine has put together 38 recipes for you to make things last minute that taste great. Check it out!

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Holidays

 

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas: BA Daily: bonappetit.com

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas: BA Daily: bonappetit.com.

Well we all Thanksgiving day leftovers, and sure we can go the turkey sandwich route, who doesn’t love that? But more than likely, you have some other things left as well and you need to try and figure out what to do with all this stuff. Bon Appetit has some good ideas in this blog post about some different things you can make with leftovers  I have some of my own ideas as well which I will be posting this weekend. Check it out and see if there is something you want to try. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the day with your family and friends.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Leftovers, Turkey

 

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dishes

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dishes.

I have been posting dishes all week that I am using for my meal, but here are some great ideas from Williams-Sonoma if you need something extra at the last minute. Thank you all for taking the time to visit my humble little blog and hope everyone has a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones, family and friends. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Holidays

 

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A Thanksgiving Day Soup

Since I posted what I plan to do with the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving in yesterday’s post, I thought I would put down today the soup I plan to make as well. I had planned to make a butternut squash soup all along, and I have several recipes that I like, so I was trying to decide which one would be the best to go with. I finally settled on this one from America’s Test Kitchen and am combining it with some others I have seen to sort of make my own. This recipe also uses some Cinnamon-Sugar Croutons, which are a nice little touch at the end.

Butternut Squash Soup

4 tablespoons butter

2 medium shallots, minced

3 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

5 cups chicken broth

2 sprigs thyme

Pinch of nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the squash, broth, thyme and nutmeg. Bring to simmer, cover and cook until the squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the thyme sprigs and puree the soup in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return the pureed soup to the pot. Stir in the cream. Bring to a brief simmer, then remove it from the heat. if the soup seems too thick, thin it out with additional broth or water. Season it with salt and pepper to taste before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with nutmeg, if desired.

You can make this soup ahead of time, which I plan to do, right through the puree step, and cool, cover and refrigerate it for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Just re-heat the soup over low heat, adding additional water or broth to adjust the consistency before proceeding with adding the cream.

There are a number of things you can top this soup with to suit your tastes. You could use the nutmeg, or paprika, a little balsamic vinegar, some crumbled bacon, slices of crispy prosciutto or even slices of apple or pear. I saw this quick little recipe for CInnamon Sugar Croutons from America’s Test Kitchen, so I am going to try that one.

Cinnamon-Sugar Croutons

4 slices white sandwich bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes with the crusts removed

2 tablespoons melted butter

4 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the bread cubes with the melted butter in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the bread cubes and toss to combine.

Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. The croutons can be stored in an airtight container for several days. Sprinkle over the soup just before serving.

I think they will add a nice flavor and crunch to the soup. Overall, I think it is the perfect opening course to Thanksgiving dinner.

Okay, so we have the turkey, stuffing and soup taken care of, so tomorrow I will talk about some of the side dishes I am planning, which are a slow cooker version of the classic green bean casserole and a sweet potato casserole. Check back and see if you like them. I plan to post pictures of everything after I cook it all on Thursday, so check back for that as well. Until then, enjoy your day and enjoy your meal!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Cooking, Dinner, Holidays, Soups & Stews

 

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