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Thanksgiving At Kristina’s House

November 15, 2012

I love Thanksgiving!  Seriously, I do.  I love the smell of it and my family gathered around the kitchen.  My girls start talking about it several months before, day dreaming of all the yummy goodness.  I don’t blame them.  It’s just the best.

Around here we eat somewhat traditionally but with some gourmet twists, and there is absolutely no cream-of-anything going on!  For starters we have appetizers around the lunch hour.  This year I’ve planned for us to share…

Duck Terrine with Pistachios & Truffle Oil on Mini Toasts

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chips and Vegetables

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Mini Galettes

Then around 4:00 we’ll sit down to the main event.

Because life gets in the way too often, I’m not able to be with my whole family a lot.  On Thanksgiving I pour out my love to them through my cooking.  It’s a special time for me.

Once we’ve rolled ourselves away from the table we’ll nap and watch some football.  When the house is quiet with everyone gone home or asleep in bed, I’ll snuggle up with Jordan to watch a favorite movie.  A beautiful day indeed.

Prepping Plans:

1 Week ahead of time:  Go shopping

Monday:  Clean house and prep mini galettes

Tuesday:  Make cranberry sauce, salad dressing and cranberry apple dressing

Wednesday:  Make pies and roast garlic for the mashed potatoes

Happy Thanksgiving!!

PS.  Don’t forget it’s TOTALLY acceptable to have pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving!!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth permalink
    November 15, 2012 10:08 pm

    Thanksgiving is pretty traditional around here. Your menu sounds “interesting” like something off the Food Channel cooking show I watched for a bit tonight.

    For example cranberry sauce. You take a bag of fresh Wisconsin cranberries , rinse add a little water, some sugar and simmer and stir and listen to them pop. Cool and they are done. Takes all of 15 minutes. I have read recipes today for slow cooker cranberry sauce and another recipe that had at least 15 ingredients and 4 or 5 others that I just think “why”?

    And “no cream of anything”? Is there something wrong with making green bean casserole? You can use your own home canned green beans and make your own white sauce. Did you not say in your intro to yourself, remember how good and simple the food
    was as cooked by our Grandmothers? Which of these recipes pay homage to your mother, grandmother , great-grandmother….they all look like they have been picked out of magazines or off blogs.

    Well I hope you have a good Thanksgiving. Not sure your blog really serves any purpose in my like. Was so taken by the reference to FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS but that is not enough to keep me reading. Bye.

  2. November 15, 2012 10:47 pm

    Our Kristina is a classically trained chef! Perhaps you did not know that. Of course life gets busy and one can’t break out the chef’s hat everyday. We have too many other hats to juggle! But, on a day where she specifically said that cooking is how she pours her love on her whole family (parents, in-laws, siblings, husband, children, etc.) I would expect nothing less than this beautiful menu!

    I know that a good deal of those lovely ingredients have come from her own garden and larder. Everything is fresh and natural and made with love and at a pace that respects the rhythm of life. If that doesn’t trigger thoughts of Kristina’s grandmother, I don’t know what does.

    If we saw you in person we’d offer you a piece of pie and a cuppa–nothing like it to improve one’s perspective. Perhaps we should all be sipping a little Lady Grey while commenting on blogs. 😉

    “As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.”
    Aprilynne Pike

  3. THE Bombshell* permalink
    November 16, 2012 7:28 am

    What’s her problem?

  4. January 9, 2013 11:47 pm

    It does my heart so much GOOD when I read of a young woman who knows how to put on a Thanksgiving meal… because so many don’t know how today! THAT is the “homage” that Kristina pays to her heritage & the women of generations past, in her family.

    Foods, dishes, traditions & specific recipes evolve with the years…. young women taking over the making of the Thanksgiving meal when we older ones are no longer able to do it all ourselves, is their gift & “homage” to us & the entire family.

    This is a beautiful menu, Kristina! I know the day was just as gorgeous!!

    Blessings~ Andrea
    XOXOXO

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