Monday, November 19, 2018

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

It's almost Turkey Day!
Are you prepared?  Is the turkey thawing in your fridge yet?  If not, and you're just cooking a small one, 10-12 lbs., you can get it in there now and it should be mostly thawed by T-Day.   If not, you can do the cold water thaw in your kitchen sink.  Good luck.

If you're still on the fence about side dishes, or want to try something new and different this year, might I suggest this dish.   Personally, I can't stand the traditional Green Bean Casserole.  But, this twist on it will make your guests come back for seconds and thirds.  I got the recipe a long time ago, and make it just about every year.  This is the penultimate Green Bean Casserole. No canned soups, no limp onions, just great taste. 

I love Cranberry Sauce, from the can and my own Boozy Cranberry Sauce as well. 
 Boozy Cranberries ready for the oven
I call this stuffing, even thought it doesn't go into the bird, but you can call it dressing if you like.  
I usually make it vegetarian friendly, but you can make it with chicken stock as well.   And if you happen to have some gluten-free people coming to the meal, go ahead and use gluten free bread as well.  Wild Rice Stuffing 
A few years back I was cooking at our local Senior Center and one July we made a few turkeys, and I learned a valuable hint from one of my helpers.  As we took the turkeys out of the oven, we put foil on top and then draped towels over top of the foil. This kept the turkey's hot, as they rested before carving and I think it helped us to carve them much easier as well.  I've been doing it ever since. 
By the way, I usually put some celery, carrots and onions in the cavity of the turkey before roasting.  I think it adds a lot of flavor from the inside out.  
That was a great dinner.   All the fixin's...
I even made rolls.  And I'm making them again this year.  These are a great addition to any meal.  And not that that hard to make either.  You bake them after taking the turkey out of the oven, while it's resting.  Try out my No-Knead Rolls. Home Made Rolls

And I didn't forget dessert either.   I'm making Pumpkin Pie of course but if you're looking for something a touch different, might I suggest this Sweet Potato Cake.  It's worth wrangling the 7- Minute frosting to make it.Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Cake

I wanted to add that I was featured on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday and got the coveted Red Plate Award.  
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. We sure have enjoyed featuring your post on our Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday, 408! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks so much for the feature, I'll add the red plate here today. Thanks so much hosting the Full Plate Thursday as well. Always good to have a new place to share our baked goods and recipes.


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