Don't you just love Thanksgiving? It's a time for family and friends to get together, enjoy each other's company and eat some good food. And more importantly, it's a day to be thankful for the various blessings in our lives such as family, friends, our health, and in this economy, perhaps even our jobs.
The first year we were living in Cleveland, I was devestated when I found out that Mr. S had to work the day after Thanksgiving. It meant we couldn't go home. Being newly married, divvying up holidays between our two families was adjustment enough. But not being able to go home at all to see either family?! I could not imagine receiving worse holiday news.
Little did I know that this was all par for the course when married to a doctor and that spending holidays in Cleveland would not be uncommon. Since Mr. S is an attending, I had assumed requesting time off wouldn't be an issue. Apparently, that's not the way things work. Oh, goodness. What had I gotten myself into by moving to Cleveland?
To my surprise, if we can't go to our families, they'll come to us! Or at least those who are able. And hosting Thanksgiving is something I've come to truly enjoy. I still hope to move back East one day and host Thanksgiving for the entire clan. But for now, I'm happy. Because I'm thankful for the life Mr. Stranded and I have together, for our family who so willingly makes the trek to be with us, and for the many blessings God has given us.
As for the recipes, given the decadent nature of the starch dishes, I tried to balance the menu with some simple, healthy vegetable dishes. Click on blue links below to be redirected to recipes. Recipes without links will be posted shortly. To see Table Décor, click here. Click on the menu below to enlarge.
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
|Menu Inspiration found here|
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Rosemary Spiced Pecans
Baked Parmesan Leaf Crisps
Brie en Croute
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Croutons
Heritage Greens with Fried Shallots and Goat Cheese
Turkey with Sage and Cider Gravy
Apple, Shallot and Herb Stuffing
Mashed Potaotes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Topping
Cranberry, Ginger and Lemon Chutney
Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms and Walnuts
Port-Glazed Baby Carrots
Tri-Color Roasted Pepper Salad
Lemony Swiss Chard
Cauliflower Salad with Parsley-Caper Vinaigrette
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Rustic Pistacchio Pear Tart