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Prelude to a Feast

November 15, 2010

Call me traditional, but I love Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m even willing to assert that if I were on death row and offered a last meal, I would request a full traditional Thanksgiving without giving it a second thought.

So, it may seem redundant to say that I am positively ecstatic that Turkey day is upon us once again!  I’ve been planning out my menu for weeks, and since this has been a year of vegetarianism for me, I’ll be doing so without a gorgeous, crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside, golden brown turkey centerpiece.  Naturally, this will mean an added strain on the supporting cast, but lucky for me I like the side dishes as much as (if not more than) the bird anyway.

I will begin with a homemade stuffing (I’m thinking sourdough bread cubes, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and fresh herbs), then mashed potatoes (probably done my usual way, with a hint of horseradish and lots of sour cream and butter), sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, brown sugar glazed carrots, Brussels sprouts (roasted with halved red grapes and toasted pecans), fresh cranberry sauce (as well as the jellied canned stuff I secretly love) and warm yeast rolls dripping with butter.

So, if your mouth is watering now, just wait.  Pictures and recipes will be coming after we’ve had a chance to indulge next week.  The anticipation is killer…

 

~ Josie

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