Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 - the main event

Our thanksgiving menu doesn't vary much from year to year. That being said, I love to experiment with new recipes, so I try to change up at least one or two of the sides each time. I didn't make all of the food pictured, so I'll fill in details where I can.
My mom's roasted turkey
Flaky dinner rolls - I make these for every holiday
This is a pretty traditional stuffing - cubes of no-knead bread, mushrooms, celery, water chestnuts and fresh herbs.
This dish of sweet potatoes with caramelized apples was one of the new recipes I made. I combined recipes from Ina Garten and Martha Stewart to come up with what I think was an outstanding sweet potato dish. I think this will be on the menu for years to come.
Cranberry sauce with cardamom and vanilla bean - this is another recipe that's become a tradition.

Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and walnuts - I made these a few weeks back, and we liked them so well that they were added to the thanksgiving menu.

Also on the menu but not pictured here - classic gravy, mashed potatoes, peas with pearl onions, berry jello and romaine salad with pears and walnuts.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's dessert recap!



13 comments:

anudivya said...

Those flaky dinner rolls are awesome!
How did you get to meet Michael Chiarello? Love his show!

Yasmeen said...

All the dishes looks very appetizing:)

priscilla said...

those dinner rolls look do delicious! yummy!

DEESHA said...

I loved the Dinner Rolls, they looks awesome, Sara

Debbie said...

This food looks soooo yummy!
Debbie

Kevin said...

What a feast! Happy Thanksgiving!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I want the recipe for the dinner rolls.

Sara said...

Rosie - I linked to the rolls recipe in the post. It's from the Cooking Light website: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1120287

Foodycat said...

I can't believe dessert is still to come! What a feast! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Queen B. said...

Sara, Your dinner looks fantastic.
I wish I had taken pics, but was busier than I thought in the kitchen ! I LOVE cookbooks like you do. I read them like novels !
I love nothing more than curling up with a random cookbook. Something different looks good each time I view them... you know how sometimes you're not in the mood for something, you don't even notice there recipe ? That's why I keep ALL my cookbooks......I go through them all the time, randomly !

Candy said...

What a delicious looking Thanksgiving! I love the sweet potato dish.

Reeni said...

What a tasty looking Thanksgiving spread!

ttfn300 said...

i've been adding cardamom to everything lately, so that cranberry sauce is calling my name!!