Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's Cooking In My Kitchen

We alternate celebrating Thanksgiving each year between my family and Jason's, mostly for pure sanity reasons. Plus, the thought of eating two dinners isn't that appealing.  And being able to spend one nice day with half of our family is better than a rushed day with both sides.  This year it's my side's turn so we're spending the day at my mom and dad's house just a few short minutes away.  (Not that my IL's live very far either!)

My mom is making the big parts of the meal but my sister, SIL, grandmother and I are each contributing appetizers, sides, and desserts.  YAY!  Honestly, I am not ready for the pressure of having to make a turkey and the expected side dishes, so it's really nice that I get to still help and focus on dishes I'm more comfortable with.  Here's what's been or will be cooking in my kitchen:

Black Bottom Chocolate Pecan Pie (page 2 of the PDF)  - this is a special one as Jason and I ate at the Christiana Campbell's Tavern in Williamsburg in 2002 on a getaway weekend together.  It was amazing pie and I couldn't believe my luck in finding the actual recipe online.  If you're ever in historic Williamsburg, try to eat at this restaurant.  Especially in the summer where you can sit in the garden!  Oh and you only need about 2 1/2 cups of the crushed graham crackers!!

Spinach Artichoke Dip - Who hasn't had this as an appetizer at some restaurant?  I've never actually made it myself before, so I am looking forward to actually tasting it tomorrow afternoon.  Caroline recently acquired a taste for it too, so double bonus!  (Her tastes have really started to change this past year - we don't have to fight with her about dinner so much anymore.)  I made this with all reduced fat ingredients so it shouldn't be quite as bad for you as it could be.

Cheddar and JalapeƱo Stuffing - My mom makes the traditional stuffing in her mom's wonderful recipe, but she wanted an alternative that was a little different.  Real Simple had a bunch of recipe ideas and this one popped out at me.  Ooooo, I can't wait to try this one!!

And finally, this isn't for the actual Thanksgiving meal, but it is for Thanksgiving day:

Baked French Toast -  I'll be making this one tonight for us for tomorrow morning.  Should be wonderful with coffee and (vegetarian) sausage.  Perfect timing for the parade.  Who am I kidding, the kids will be up before 7am and the parade doesn't start until 9am.  Breakfast will be a distant memory by the time the parade starts! (I'll be taking reviewer suggestions and reducing the milk/cream amounts as not to make my bread too soggy. Oh and adding more spices - way more cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg - you can't have Thanksgiving without those 2 spices!)

Oh and I can't forget this one that we made the other night for us to munch on and to send home with my IL's and for Caroline to take into Ms. B:

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread - this is a good one.  I used half oil/half apple sauce and reduced the sugar by a 1/2 cup overall (used 1 1/2 cup of white/ 1 cup brown).  Delicious.  I really want to try this one next - maybe next weekend:

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Oh and let us not forget the kids' favorite - I promised I'd make for them later this weekend:   Pumpkin Fluff

1 comment:

Lisa :) said...

All of the recipes sound awesome. I have made a baked french toast years ago. I make spinach dip and we all love it! I will have to try to make the pie and the breads. Have a great Thanksgiving.