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Friday, November 12, 2010
It is always my job to host Thanksgiving. That's just the way it is.
It is also my favorite holiday to cook for, and my menu is basically the same every year.
A family tradition started 3 years ago, when I got a miserable migraine headache the day of Thanksgiving and I had to cancel the holiday.
We postponed it to the next day, Black Friday, and everyone said how nice it was.
Not as much pressure on family members to visit inlaws, cousins and me all in one day. They could stay for the whole meal and relax.
So, after that year, we adopted a Black Friday Thanksgiving.
I like to be different.
This year I am changing up my menu a bit.
I am making this insane sounding stuffing (some people call it dressing) from Saveur Magazine, with apricots, apples, chicken livers, onions, 2 sticks of butter and heavy cream. The photo looked so enticing that I wanted to frame it and hang it on my wall.
I will be roasting Brussels sprouts w/ grapes and pecans (recipe to follow).
There would be mutiny if I didn't serve my Sweet Potato & Orange Gratin & Cranberry Orange Relish.
I am going to try that mouth watering recipe on Food52 for Spinach Gratin (I had better fast the week before).
Roasted Herb Turkey Breasts, so much easier than cooking the whole bird (sorry, no dark meat).
For appetizers this year I am serving a little Smörgåsbord (which I just learned means "small open faced sandwiches with buttered bread" in Swedish), with smoked fishes with pickled vegetables from the new edition of Canal House Cooking.
And for dessert, my usual Walnut & Candied Orange Tart & Marie Helene's Apple Cake.
As always, click on the links for the recipes and last years Thanksgiving.
What is your "GO TO" Thanksgiving dish?
Inquiring minds want to know.