Cooking ‘Round The Web – Thanksgiving Edition

Have you started to panic that Thanksgiving is almost upon us?  Have you finalized that menu, planned the grocery list and started to prep?  Don’t worry – I haven’t either – but I’m in panic mode now.

Here are a few links to some fabulous reads that will help you get your holiday plan in order.

First up:  Blissfully Domestic has a Thanksgiving Cooking Checklist that is a must read.

Lana at Never Enough Thyme has some ideas for Thanksgiving Menu Planning.

Jen at One Curly Fry In A Box Of The Regular has her priorities set with Thanksgiving Cocktails.  I know I’ll also be serving Sunny’s Bourbon Cider Twist – love that cocktail!

Megan from This Girl Can Eat has you covered with Wine Pairing Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Dinner.

If you watched Food Network’s Thanksgiving LIVE! yesterday – you probably noticed that the chefs all talked about the importance of appetizers (and cocktails) to keep hungry guests from driving you nuts.  Sue over at Food Network Musings has a great idea for Tiny Thanksgiving Tarts that will have your guests “ooh-ing and ahhh-ing” over these stunning (yet simple) appetizers!

Michelle from Taste As You Go has a great idea for Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts that also would make a great appetizer!

Thanksgiving isn’t always just about the turkey -the sides play a vital role, imo.  Kicking off the sides spotlight is Susan over at Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy with her Killer Candied Sweet Potatoes that not only sound delicious but, thanks to the photos, look scrumptious!

If you like a little spice in your sweet potatoes, why not try Alli – n- Son’s Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes instead?

Loralee at one of my favorite magazines, Where Women Cook, has a great recipe for a Broccoli Salad.

Do you serve soup as a starter?  Instead of the typical butternut squash soup, why not try this Pumpkin Black Bean Soup from Ali Girl Cooks.

Gina at SkinnyTaste has a Make-Over Corn Casserole which is a cross between a corn pudding and a cornbreak that is waistline friendly.

Thanksgiving also requires that stuffing (or dressing) must be on the menu.  Brown Eyed Baker has a Sausage Fig & Cranberry Stuffing which was adapted from the Barefoot Contessa that will definitely be on the menu in addition to my Bampa’s Chestnut Dressing.

Mother Thyme also has a Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing which is another great stuffing idea.

Chinese Grandma has a quick & easy recipe for a Easy Cranberry Sauce that will have you put away the canned stuff for good.

I’m going to attempt to make my own gravy (that is hopefully LUMP FREE) this year.  One idea I have is from Michael Ruhlman and his foolproof method for a fabulous Turkey Gravy.

Brown Eyed Baker also has a recipe for Homemade Gravy that looks simple yet full of flavor.  Did someone say Brandy?

Instead of the typical dinner roll, why not try Creative Culinary’s  Pumpkin and Sage Biscuits with Sage and Caramelized Shallot Brown Butter.

Not Rachael Ray has a fabulous recipe for Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins that will also be on the menu this week.

Now – turkey prep time and everyone I talked to is all about the brine.  I’m still considering but, if I do, I’m definitely going to try Annie Bakes’ recipe for Turkey Brine.

The first turkey I roasted – let’s just say it was a learning lesson.  I have gotten MUCH better over the years but I’m always learning new tips and tricks.   Michael Ruhlman comes to the rescue again with a new method for a Roasted & Braised Turkey.

We Are Not Martha also examines How To Cook A Butterball Turkey.

Finally, The Kitchn (which is always a wealth of information) discusses How To Cook A Turkey.

No Thanksgiving would be complete with dessert, right?  I am pretty positive that Pumpkin Cheesecake will be on the menu this week as my dear friend Bec is rumored to be sending one down to Philly with my dad.  Her recipe has spoiled me for any and all other pumpkin cheesecakes and – if she agrees – I might just have to disclose it here on Cooking in Stilettos.  However, not having it here won’t help you this week so I found some alternatives.

When I’m looking for tried and true dessert ideas, one of the first blogs I think of is Emily from Sugar Plum and, sure enough, she has you covered with a Layered Amaretti Apple Pumpkin Pie.

I know many are all about the cupcakes (yes Jen – I also mean you!) and Something Swanky has a delectable Apple Cider Cupcakes and Salted Caramel Buttercream. (this is SO going in the recipe arsenal!)

Want something chic for dessert at the Thanksgiving table?  Why not try Loralee of  Where Women Cook delish Blueberry Lemon Mini Tarts.

Finally, another idea for a delightfully unexpected dessert instead of the typical pie comes from Susan of Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy with her Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Jaden at Steamy Kitchen has a great Turkey Gumbo that will be on the menu this year.

Not a gumbo fan?  The Merry Gourmet has you covered with a delicious Turkey Tetrazzini casserole.

Don’t forget to make some Turkey StockEmily Malloy’s Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness has you covered.

Finally – no Thanksgiving would be perfect without a fabulous table.  The Decor Girl has some great ideas on how to dress your holiday table for impact.

What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving this year?

 Finally – because I’ve never done this before but thought “Why Not” – if you have a great Thanksgiving Recipe post, why not link below.

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness. Those Apple Cider Cup­cakes and Salted Caramel But­ter­cream Cupcakes look AMAZING.

    I wish I had more girlfriends – a Cupcake Exchange would be so much fun!

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