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