Update: 1/15/2010 with links to the recipes that Starla used along with other comments.
This year, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving and serve a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner to several friends who are from other countries.
Starla started with the traditional foods, but used recipes that gave them a different twist. Here are what we served for Thanksgiving dinner at
- Pear Chutney and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- Lemony White-Bean Bruschetta
- Pickled Eggs and Beets
based on Mennonite recipes
- Mix Dried Fruits & Nuts
- Vegetable Medley Sticks
- Roasted Pear & Delicata Squash Soup
served in a carnival squash bowl. Note that the original recipe called for butternut squash, but we recently discovered the wonderful flavors of the delicata squash, and so we made the substitution in this recipe.
- Spring Mix Salad with Dried Apricots and Walnuts
- Oven Roasted Free-Range Turkey
We bought a 10-pound organic free range turkey from Whole Foods Market. This is the first time that we have ever cooked a turkey, but it turned out pretty well. You may notice from the photo that we roasted it breast-down as recommended in a recipe. This allowed juices to flow down onto the breast to keep it moist.
- Skillet Spinach with Nutmeg
- Orange Infused Roasted Green Beans & Red Peppers
- Sweet Potato & Parsnip Puree
- Cranberry Pear Wild Rice Stuffing
- Home-Style Cranberry Sauce not from a can.
- Turkey Gravy
- Creamed Sweet Corn
- Crescent Rolls
- Home-Style Pumpkin Pie made from fresh pumpkins. Neither of us are fans of pumpkin pies, but ones made from fresh pumpkins definitely taste much better.
- Pear Rosemary Tart from Coquette Patisserie
We've recently found this wonderful patisserie right in our neighborhood, just a couple of blocks from our house. Britt-Marie Culey, the pastry chef, makes some delightful pastries. We've already sampled a number of her beautiful creations and look forward to trying more. If you want to be wowed by dessert, check out her web site and try some!
Here is a PDF version of the entire menu we made up for our guests.
We'd love to hear what everyone else had for Thanksgiving dinner, and what twists you may have added to your fare.