This year we’re doing something a little different. We won’t be doing Thanksgiving. After talking it over for a few years, we decided that the whitewashing of history and the awfulness of the Pilgrims to both Native Americans and other colonists is not worth celebrating.
We also aren’t fans of Black Friday and reckless consumerism (oh, we’re still buying presents and decorating like bananas for Christmas, but we’re drawing a line here).
Still, we want to share a good meal with the ones we love. So, we’ll be having Family Dinner Friday this year!
Crostini with Ricotta:
Arugula, Pecorino, Pear and Pine Nut Salad
Citrus-Marinated Crown Roast of Pork
Italian Bread and Sausage Stuffing
Fig and Port Sauce
Green Beans with Lemon and Capers
Fennel with Parmesan
Roasted Butternut Squash with Balsamic Vinegar
Pan-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Pancetta
Pizzelle with Lemon Marcapone
Marsala and Dried Fig Crostata
Martinis with Blue-Cheese Stuffed Olives
Cheese Board with Figs, Grapes, Nuts and Honeycomb
Honey-Drizzled, Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
Crudité with Assorted Relishes
Apple Pecan and Feta Salad
Brazilian Cheese Balls
Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast Roulade Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Pecans, Dried Cherries and Figs
Pear Cider Pan Gravy
Cranberry Sauce with Port and Dried Figs
Tuscan Bread Stuffing with Goat Cheese, Dried Cherries and Prosciutto
Garlic, Herb and Parmesan Stuffed Brussels Sprouts
Sweet Potato and White Cheddar Gratin
Gruyére Mashed Potato Puffs
Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes With Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce
Salt and Straw’s Pear and Blue Cheese Ice Cream
Here it is: Pretty much the only reason I use this blog anymore:
Beer-battered green beans and olives with Drop Top Aioli
Crudité and assorted relishes
Assorted Hard and Soft Cheeses
Crackers with Bacon Full Sail Amber Ale Jam
Black Pepper, Parmesan and Workhorse IPA Bread
Honey Maple Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale Bread
Urban Farmhouse Saison, Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Dip
Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout Candied Pecans
Pear and Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Widmer Hefeweizen Vinaigrette
Widmer Hefeweizen Honey Rolls
Rogue Hazelnut Ale-Brined Turkey under a Bacon Blanket
Onion and Rogue Hazelnut Ale Gravy
Quick Wit Cranberry Relish
Homemade Whole-Grain Ninkasi Total Domination Ale Mustard
Red War Ale and Apple Stuffing
Fat Tire-braised Rosemary Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes Roasted with Bacon and Black Butte Porter
Ace of Spades IPA Brussels Sprouts Hash
Guinness Hot Chocolate
1554 Pecan Pie
Rogue Chocolate Stout Stout Chocolate Pudding
Thanksgiving 2012 Menu
Appetizers and Snacks
Hundred Corner Shrimp Balls
Lantern Dumpling sauce
Sri Racha and Wasabi Deviled Eggs
Drinking Vinegars: Ginger, Cranberry, Satsuma
Green Papaya Salad
Pork Salad with Lettuce Cups
Thai Roasted Turkey
Cranberry Satsuma Relish
Sticky Rice Stuffing
Corn with Fish Sauce Butter
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Scalloped Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Chiles
Green Tea Fortune Cookies
Tea-Poached Pears with Tapioca Pearls and Satsumas
I like lemon curd. I use Alton Brown’s recipe.
First, juice and zest all the lemons. (Or, like 5)
This is my zester.
Then, beat the egg yolks and the lemon juice and the other stuff together.
And cook it like it’s hollandaise. Then take it off the heat and put an absurd amount of butter in it.
And then you got yourself some sunshine in a jar!
Mince about a cup of jalapeños.
Then have jalapeño fingers all freakin’ day because you didn’t wear gloves.
Toss in 7 cups of sugar. (Mmmmm…sugar)
(Looking at this made me want to make candied jalapeños).
Cook it until the sugar melts, then run the submersible blender through it. If you don’t have a submersible blender – or if you (unlike me) are capable of planning ahead, you can mash the strawberries before cooking them.
Once the sugar melts, add a package of pectin and do the usual jam thing – boil the hell out of it for a couple of minutes, toss into sterile jars and process for 10 minutes.
It’s freaking DELICIOUS! I don’t know that I’ll go back to straight jalapeño jelly. The kids don’t like it, but they are wusses.