Jive Turkey Talkin’

November 10th, 2013 9:59 PM -05

We’re hosting our small family Turkey Day festivities this year.   There will be six adults and one toddler who’s certain to be stoked at having all her grandparents present.

With Turkey Day mere weeks away, I decided to menu plan this weekend.  I’d like to say it’s because I’m incredibly organized.  The truth is that I AM H-U-N-G-R-Y!   And the menu planning keeps my mind and not my mouth on savory, carby goodness.

Here’s the tentative menu:

Appetizer:  Brie, Cranberry-Pistachio Goat Cheese Log

Main Course:

  • Big Green Egg Smoked Turkey with Gravy
  • Honey-Baked Ham (provided by MIL)
  • Maisie’s Cornbread Dressing (my grandmother’s piece de resistance!)
  • Roasted Cauliflower Fauxtatoes
  • Jalapeño Corn Souffle
  • Gran Marnier Cranberry Sauce
  • Amaretto Sweet Potato Casserole (with crispy marshmallows on top)
  • Brussels Sprouts (provided by MIL)
  • Green Bean Casserole (from scratch – no canned soup here!)
  • Sister Shubert’s Rolls (provided by MIL)


  • Pumpkin Pie (provided by MIL)
  • Pecan Pie (provided by my mom)
  • Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

I considered nixing the appetizer plate, but I need cushion in case cooking the turkey takes a little longer than anticipated.   It sounds like a a lot of food, but I was planning on doing small 8×8 casserole portions of most of the sides.  And I’ll need to do a a dry run for the stuffing, corn casserole and cranberries to assure they make the final cut.

I know it seems crazy.  I just want there to be a variety of foods reminiscent of my childhood Thanksgivings.  Granted, there were 40+ mouths to feed back then…

Perhaps after a couple more weeks of “lifestyle changing,” I’ll rethink the menu.

Oh, who am I kidding?  It’s ON like Turkey Tom!

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