Friday, November 22, 2013

The New York Times' Essential Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just under a week away and if you are like me, you are flipping through your cookbooks and scrolling through Pinterest to find the perfect recipes for your holiday meal. My dad sent me this article from The New York Times which not only includes links to great recipes, but also a great visual of the classic players in the Essential Thanksgiving meal. 

EVERY year, I get asked what kind of Thanksgiving my family has. I think most are surprised when I tell them that is doesn't include a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs to kick off the meal. My family tends to go the traditional route with a twist! My mom's homemade stuffing includes Italian sausage and dried cherries. We skip the green bean casserole (even though my sisters and I secretly LOVE it) and usually do something fancy with brussels sprouts or asparagus. We have made pumpkin gnocchi and butternut squash soup as "starters". We do at least two types of cranberry sauce and last year, my sister accompanied my Grandma's pumpkin pie with homemade cinnamon ice cream.  If I could choose JUST ONE thing to eat at my family's Thanksgiving meal, it would be my mom's stuffing. I would share the recipe, but there isn't one. You'll have to come over and watch her make it. 

Whether you are hosting the holiday, or contributing just a few dishes, this guide is a fantastic one to go by!

*image from The New York Times Online

Here is a roundup of some of the recipes I've been eying.


Emeril's Brined and Roasted Turkey (we love a brined turkey and have been using Emeril's method for years!)

Cranberry Sauce-



Something Orange-

Green & Snappy Vegetables-



  1. Are you kidding me this mashed potatoes?? I can eat an entire meal of Boursin and pita chips...but putting them in creamy mashed taters. Yum!!! Those pies sound divine as well!!!

  2. Ah I cannot wait for Thanksgiving! Such an awesome holiday with fantastic food :)

    And then comes the best season ever...!