I've made a practice of posting our Thanksgiving menu each year but somehow I didn't quite manage to get this up in advance. So regard this post as a memento similar to the crumpled aluminum foil covering the turkey carcass in the fridge - a reminder of something delicious that perhaps you've lost most interest in.
Our Thanksgiving had the added pleasure of Dutch guests, fitting as this is the 400th anniversary of the Dutch coming to New York, where our meal took place.
One thing of note this year. Discovered that Fine Cooking had a wonderful feature allowing you to choose a dish, get the menu, AND create a shopping list with all your chosen items on it, amounts calculated to include everything. So instead of your sitting around thinking, gee, this calls for 3 carrots and that calls for 5 carrots, the Fine Cooking site automatically adds everything up for you. Great service. Thanks. Suggestion, Fine Cooking: create a little script that allows users to export the list to their favorite online grocery site, Fresh Direct, for instance, thus saving a lot of time picking the list again.
Thanksgiving Menu 2009:
Brined Turkey with ParsleySageRosemary&Thyme Butter
--Excellent but Empire Turkeys come with many pin feathers requiring too much prep time
--also molded some of the butter to serve with rolls
--cooked in muffin tins so each person had a little stuffing muffin (my recipe)
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Brown Butter and Sage Salt
--superb recipe from NY Times
Sweet Potato and Grits Spoon Bread
--this was the hit of the meal - many steps but worth the trouble
Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives
--excellent and just like it sounds, very easy, finished in the KitchenAid
Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Rosemary
--really good, even if you don't like cranberry sauce
--similar to this recipe; can't beat it for nutritional value and taste, plus someone in our family is addicted to kale, which, as addictions go...
Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream