A traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner is shown above~~~Of course I am anything but traditional, which is why I am not going to be using this menu plan.
It is that time again. Thanksgiving! We will be doing our Thanksgiving on mine & my daughters birthday this year. We do this every other year.:o)
What is on the menu? Pretty standard. I think.
Almond-brown sugar brie w/water crackers
Turkey of Course, and REAL Turkey this year too! Last year I tried to convince my family that the Tofurkey was really uncanny! *G*
Mash Potatos & Gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Castle Cake & Ice Cream
Homemade raw Egg-Nog
The only thing that is missing from the standard American Thanksgiving. Well, at least the ones I had growing up in New England, are Pearled Onions..which I was always forced to eat as a kid, and wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy. Stuffing, which no one can make better then my grandmother, but I am also the only one who likes it in my family. My grandma would put apples, rasins, and walnuts in it! YUM! Turnips, again, I am the only one who likes them, so we do not make them. Yams, which I really would make, but since I am making the Sweet potato casserole, they are pretty much the same.
I might also add that I have never heard of sweet potato casserole until we moved down here. I had no idea what I was missing!!! *fainting* Carrot Raisin salad-I make this every other year.
I also have never heard of a pumpkin roll until I moved down here, and I think it is super funny that every time someone has a piece, they tell me that obviously it is something that I have been making for years and years, because it is the best they ever tasted. :o)~
So what does everyone elses menu look like this year?
Some of the recipes I use-
Green Bean Casserole
2 cartons of organic condensed cream of mushroom soup
8 cups cooked green beans
1 teaspoon pepper
dash of sea salt
2 cup milk
2 cups French fried onions
Mix soup, milk and pepper in casserole dish. Stir in beans and 1 cup of the fried onions. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.. Top with the remaining fried onions and bake about 5 more minutes, until onions are lightly browned.
24 oz bag fresh cranberries
2 cups orange juice
1 cup brown sugar
capful of rum extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasional. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do.,, Remove from heat and serve. Cranberry sauce/relish can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.
Raw Homemade Eggnog
4 large farm-fresh eggs, *room temperature* Otherwise they won’t fluff up.
1 cup raw sugar
2 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4 cups raw milk
2 capfuls of Rum extract
In your blender…. whisk together eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla, nutmeg and milk.
I use my Blendtec, but I believe any blender would work. You want to blend it until you get that thick milky custard consistency. If you like it thicker, you can add a 1/2 packet of jello vanilla pudding mix. Lastly, stir in rum extract.
Brie w/Almonds & brown Sugar
What is more comforting then creamy melted cheese.. mixed with a sauce made with slivered almonds & brown sugar. I make my own brown sugar, because I like lots of molasses in it. I unwrap a big wheel of Brie, top it with a generous amount of brown sugar, then with crushed/slivered almonds, or any nut of your choice. I first had this back home at a friends Christmas Party. That was eight years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. Some people put apricot preserves instead of the brown sugar, or maybe drizzled honey.Whatever you like!
Heat in a preheated 350′ oven until melted. Then spread on crackers. This is very addicting and you can bet, if you eat enough, you will gain weight! *G*