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Friday, November 9, 2012

It's Menu-Making time!

Can you believe we're TWO WEEKS away from Thanksgiving? I woke up this morning & was in just total shock. And, of course, full of excitement.

Thanksgiving this year is going to be a bit different, since Texas A&M is no longer playing t.u. on Thanksgiving... but our annual tradition of "friendsgiving" is still going strong. We have our friends come up and enjoy a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal the weekend after Turkey day.

We forgo-turkey for the more loved beef, and up until now, I've stuck with mostly traditional side items. But as I was thinking about Friendsgiving this morning, I was struck the urge to do more non-traditional side items. Because one can really only each so much stuffing.

So far these are on my radar....

Farro & Sweet Dumpling Squash Tartlettes

Farro and Sweet Dumpling Squash Tartlettes


Polenta with Corn & Thyme

Polenta with Corn and Thyme

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto


Tomatoes with Smoke Blue Cheese

Tomatoes with Smoked Blue Cheese


Leek Shallot Pancetta Galette

Leek Shallot Pancetta Galette



Tough decisions! I'm hoping to have the menu mostly set this weekend, so that I can do a few test runs before the big day. Do you eat any non-traditional holiday foods on Thanksgiving?

Have a Happy Weekend!

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8 comments:

  1. Those tomatoes look delicious!

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  2. We always celebrate the "real" Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day with our immediate family...but always, always, always we get together with my mom's siblings and cousins, etc, etc...the Friday after Thanksgiving for our "traditional" meal. We have African Curry for our Thanksgiving dish with our big family. Mostly to commemorate my grandparents' being missionaries in Africa for 20+ years. It was a dish my grandmother learned to make while living there and now we've always used it as our Thanksgiving meal with that side of our family. I love it and not to mention, it's soo good :)

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  3. Thanksgiving is a nightmare for me! ;) My mom is Italian, so she makes all the traditional Southern T.giving food, some Northern T.giving traditional food (she's fr MD), and Italian food. You have to eat all the food or my mother will be very offended. And then I have to eat dinner with my paternal Grandmother and everyone. So yeah, I basically gain tons of weight and feel gross. But the food is AMAZING. Dang, this was a long comment.

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  4. Woooow everything looks so good! The tartlets especially. I have nothing fancy in my fridge right now but I suddenly have an intense craving for mashed potatoes... MMMM...

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  5. YUM. This makes so extremely excited for Thanksgiving! One of the best holidays :) Love your blog, lady! Glad you stopped by mine!

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  6. That risotto with squash is making a hungry! I also forgot about Thanksgiving, I can't believe it's almost here. Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Let me know when you're following me and I will follow you right back. Greetings from Rome.

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  7. I've never had a non traditional Thanksgiving and I wish I would have thought of that a long time ago! I'm completely over apple, pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin pie!

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  8. I'll be inviting myself over this year ;)

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