2013 Thanksgiving Menu

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It’s hard to believe that we are just one week away from Thanksgiving (Although, if you have driven around South Philly lately, you’ll see that people have jumped the gun as usual and have already put out their Christmas inflatables. I hate those things.)!

I always feel like there is a lot of pressure and stress that comes with being in charge of one of the most important meals of the year. Which is why I have never volunteered to host a Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, my mom does most of the cooking and I pitch in to the best of my ability in helping to plan the menu and prepare the side dishes and desserts.

A couple of weeks ago, we sat down and came up with the following menu for this year:

Appetizers

Pumpkin dip and Onion dip with veggies

Cornbread bites

Dinner

Turkey (obviously)

Sausage stuffing (we make this up as we go along every year, but this recipe provides a good starting point)

Butternut Squash with Sage

Green Beans with Vinagrette

Regular and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider

Dessert

Apple Crisp

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Cream Cheese Pound Cake 

If you haven’t started planning yet, time is ticking! This is a great time of year to go through the cookbooks collecting dust on your shelves, revisit ideas you have bookmarked or pinned and to draw on traditional family recipes.

Of course, you will find no shortage of inspiration on the interwebs. As you can see from clicking around on our menu, much of it comes from Martha Stewart.  We were looking for simple recipes that required just a few ingredients each crazy and that had at least some elements that could be prepared a couple of days in advance. Martha just so happened to have a bunch of recipes that fit the bill, but we spent time browsing Cooking Light, Real Simple, the Food Network and countless blogs. One of my favorite resources comes from a blog that I recently discovered called The Bitten Word. Each year, it features an index of all of the Thanksgiving recipes from the top food magazines. This year’s installment is the biggest yet, with 304 recipes from 11 different publications.

What will be on your Thanksgiving table this year?

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