Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Slightly Un-Traditional (Yet Still Very) Thanksgiving Menu




Hey people! Time to pause and reflect. Isn't that what Thanksgivings are for? And holidays in general. In a race to create new dishes and new content, we tend to forget about our old-time favorites. I am kind of worried about it, and slightly freaked out about where we are going with this whole social media slash content over-production thing, but Thanksgiving is around the corner, so I'll spare you my darkest thoughts. Instead, let us indulge in things past. Rewind. Pause. These buttons exist too, and life should not be only about Fast Forward and Play. So, allow me to press REW for a moment, and share with you a slightly quirky and boatloads of fun Thanksgiving menu based on some of my favorite holiday dishes from all the years of writing this blog. Just because I feel like digging through the old stuff at the moment and in case you are looking for a sprinkle of Thanksgiving inspiration.

A couple of thoughts... Fig and Rosemary Cookies are something we make for EVERY single occasion -- and for non-ocassions too -- it's a family classic. (In case you don't trust me on this, the recipe was a finalist in Food52's Your Best Hors d'Oeuvre contest, so it comes vetted.) Also, please observe that the cookies found a best friend in the Fig Martini. Ha! And yes, I am still obsessing over the marmite butter, becasue: a) it's OMG, b) it goes oh-so-well with the apricot and rye bread I fancy-oh-so-much. Caramelized Squash with Hazelnuts, Arugula, Burrata and Balsamic Glaze is something my friends just cannot have enough of; when we go to somebody else's place for Thanksgiving, I am told to bring this salad instead of flowers. But if you must know, Fennel Slaw with Vanilla Vinaigrette is MY personal fave, especially if you are going to have lots of heavy dishes. It's like a breath of fresh air on the table. And so much more. It's like a million breaths of fresh air on the table. I am not a big turkey persona, and my goal in life is to: a) say it loud and clear, and b) do whatever it takes to defeat the concept of a big pile of white meat on the menu. Come on, you have to admit that while it greedily takes the most space, Big Bird is never the most sought-after dish on the Thanksgiving table. As a result, I am actively fighting the idea, so please support the cause by making the turkey meatballs; slightly nutty, boozy, and full of joy, they put a smile on the face of even the staunchest Big Bird proponents I know.

Have a Thankful one folks.
And now: PAUSE, REW, PLAY.
Tada!




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