Alright, now to the task at hand. It's Friday, which means we have exactly 6 days until my favorite holiday in the world: Thanksgiving!!!!
Dave and I have hosted Thanksgiving for the past four years. This will be our 5th year hosting at our house and I love every minute of it! The key to a successful Thanksgiving is PLANNING AHEAD and ACCEPTING HELP. Delegate dishes to guests. Oh and the fact that my husband takes care of the Turkey helps a ton as well.
In 2009, we had 14 people- my extended Nebraska family was here and I loved every second of it. Click here for a recap of Thanksgiving 2009.
In 2010, we had 8 people- just our immediate family.
Click here for a recap of Thanksgiving 2010.
And this year I will be hosting 8 people plus three babies in the womb! (Woah, that was weird to write!) I'm linking to either the recipes that inspired the menu or my own recipes on the blog. Or if I can't find them online, I'll tell you the magazine I found them in. I'm the type of home chef that cooks a lot of things up on the fly so this is all subject to change next week!
2011 Thanksgiving Day Menu
Sweet Potato Avocado Salsa (Everyday Food)
Cheese, Hummus and Crackers
Leek Soup (Mom)
Brined Turkey with Chipotle Maple Butter
Maple Butter Gravy (Food Network Magazine)
(same recipe as last year only with pomegranates instead of dried cranberries)
Roasted Butternut Squash (Mom)
without the apples and cranberries (Mom)
from 2009 on the blog (Mom)
Roasted Potatoes (Mother-in-law)
Cranberry Mold (Mother-in-law)
Apple Pie (Mother-in-law)
Pumpkin Pie (Mother-in-law)
So that's the menu! I can't wait to celebrate with my family next week.
What are you making for Thanksgiving?