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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

This is the first year since both my parents have passed, so it's going to be a tough one. I also have to work (the cooking coach gets the pleasure of the Turkey Hotline), so Thanksgiving will be a sibling affair on Saturday. This years menu will be pretty traditional, in homage of mom's Thanksgiving meals.

-Spinach sale with; goat cheese, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, red onion, apples, and a maple vinaigrette
-Antipasti platter
-Roasted Turkey
-Mashed Potatoes
-Stuffing (bread based with cranberries or dried cherries and pecans)
-Cranberry sauce
-Sweet potatoes with apples and pears
-Roasted brussels sprouts
-Gravy
-Pumpkin Pie
-Salted Butter Apple Galette (from this months Bon Appétit)

Way too much food for four or five people but that's okay.

Nov 07, 2014
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition! [Through April 21, 2014]

I didn't work Easter this year (my mom passed away on the 8th so I hadn't gone back to work yet) but I'm a cooking coach at WF and I can genuinely tell you that it is so nice when people let leadership know when they have a good experience, especially during the holidays.

Next up, Mother's Day.

Apr 26, 2014
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Macaroni and cheese - Patti LaBelle vs Martha Stewart

I work for Whole Foods and they are SUPER accommodating, have you asked anyone if there is a possibility of getting the breadcrumb-less version? Generally they'll be more than happy to do whatever you need.

Nov 21, 2013
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Thanksgiving 2013

Sauteed green beans sound nice. Maybe with garlic and lemon? The almonds would be nice as well.

Oct 22, 2013
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Thanksgiving 2013

I totally didn't even think of rolls and gravy! They would have had my head.

The mac and cheese has to stay, my mom requested it and it may be her last thanksgiving. She has lung cancer and getting her to eat anything is a miracle in itself.

Thanksgiving 2013

Ooh! I forgot! I also plan on making roasted brussels sprouts.

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanks! I plan on making more veggies, just need some suggestions. So much of what my family wants for the holiday is heavy and starch laden.

Oct 22, 2013
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Thanksgiving 2013

I planned on making other veggies, I am open to more suggestions. Unfortunately my family is pretty set on the starchy stuff.

Also, I totally forgot the cranberry sauce! I always make homemade cranberry sauce.

Oct 22, 2013
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Thanksgiving 2013

Hey everyone! Autumn is upon us (at least it is here, in Philadelphia) and I am gearing up to host my first Thanksgiving at my own place. I'm a pretty competent cook and have helped prepare Thanksgiving dinner before, but am a little anxious about doing it all on my own. I'm also a newly ex-vegetarian, and while I've been cooking meat for the last few months, I have never prepared a whole turkey.

I'm looking for turkey ideas and sides, as well as desserts. Should I do appetizers? I'm expecting 8-10 people, probably closer to 8.

So far, the following is what I have nailed down. I'm open to suggestions for recipes for all.

Turkey
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Mac and Cheese
Spinach
Stuffing
Corn
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie

Oct 22, 2013
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What's for Dinner #189 - Snowpocalypse Edition [old]

It didn't snow that much here but I'm still in the mood for comfort food. So, I'm using up the lingering half of a head of cabbage from the crisper drawer and pan roasting it with half a yellow onion and plenty of chopped garlic. I'm finishing it with some dijon mustard and the juice of one extra ripe satsuma (I bought 10 lbs of them at the WF this weekend=/). I also threw some leftover potato pancakes, from the freezer, into the oven so I din't have to deal with frying them. We'll see how that works. Meal is finished off with some doctored up (dijon mustard, brown sugar, and soy sauce) vegetarian baked beans.

Probably some dark chocolate and satsumas for dessert.

Feb 10, 2013
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What's for Dinner, #184 - the BRRRRRR edition (for most of us) [old]

They carry coconut palm sugar at most whole foods, if you have access to one.

Jan 26, 2013
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What's for Dinner? #157 [old]

Do you like chickpea salads? The one I usually makes has cucumber in it and it's lovely, especially for summer time.

Jul 27, 2012
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What's for Dinner #152 [old]

Not much to report on tonight, it's been a long hot day and dinner was left over pizza (spinach, red onion, roasted garlic, and bell peppers with daiya cheese) from whole foods, alongside some homemade kale chips. We ate out for a friends birthday last night, sushi from our favorite Japanese place.

Friday, however, I cooked dinner for a friend (one I'd like to know better, ha). After a trip to the Wegmans, I sauteed some local zucchini and yellow squash with onions and garlic. We had a rice pilaf (more garlic and sauteed onions added to that as well) and some beefless tips with a hot sauce/ soy sauce/ honey glaze. Must have hit the spot, ended up staying to watch Taken and drink some strawberry lemonade spiked with mango vodka.

Jul 01, 2012
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For vegans missing cheese...

I love Daiya! It's really good for grilled cheese, as well as pizza.

Apr 28, 2012
marietinn in Vegetarian & Vegan

Thank you, CH!

I love the home cooking board but it is super exciting to have a vegetarian and vegan board, being vegan just got even more interesting I think.

Apr 16, 2012
marietinn in Vegetarian & Vegan

Beginning My Vegan Journey

I've been vegan for three years and love it! Good luck with your journey and I concur with the others, Isa Chandra Moskowitz's books are golden. I also really love this cookbook; http://www.amazon.com/dp/0471748099/?...

Mar 24, 2012
marietinn in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's for Dinner? #127 [old]

Have you tried looking in the Asian or ethnic section of your super market? That's where I usually find it. Also, I've found it at Walmart in their Asian section as well. Hope you can find it, it's wonderful.

Feb 10, 2012
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About to go Vegan - need cookbook advice!

I second Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance. Really, you can't go wrong with any of Isa Moskowitz's books. Same goes for Terry Romero. I have a cookbook called Tofu 1-2-3 that is absolutely indispensable, the author is Meribeth Abrams.

Dec 28, 2011
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What's for Dinner # 112 [old]

Dinner was a lazy affair as I had a terrible allergic reaction to something and woke up at 11 p.m. after taking a load of benedryl. We threw some sweet potato fries (trader joes) into the oven and I doctored up a can of vegetarian baked beans by adding some dijon, soy sauce, and brown sugar. The vegetable was sauteed spinach with a ton of minced garlic. The darling took pity on me and sliced me up a honey crisp apple for dessert.

Oct 19, 2011
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What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

She'll be surpassing me in skill soon enough, she's just too bright! She's nine and just picks up on everything. Plus, she'll try anything once. The lentils were good, but next time I'll cook my own.

Oct 17, 2011
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What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

Taught my god daughter how to bake bread last night, so some of the left overs will be consumed with tonight's dinner. We bought a package of the pre-steamed French lentils from our last Trader Joe's trip, so I'm thinking that a cold lentil salad will probably be dinner. The dressing from this recipe (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2006/11/...) looks good, although I may up the dijon and use champagne vinegar instead of red wine. Regardless, anything served with home baked bread can't be bad, right?

Oct 13, 2011
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What's For Dinner? part #107 [old]

The darling and I were talking about how both our moms used to make canned new potatoes with a ton of butter and parsley and garlic powder in the oven. Some how we went from that to canned new potatoes+ smart balance organic+ half a sliced yellow onion+ garlic powder, salt and pepper. That cooked for about 30 minutes and then we added a can of small green peas and a portion of soyrizo from trader joes that a sauteed prior so it wouldn't be too greasy.The dish came out well, though I wish i had precooked the onions a bit as they still have a crunch to them. Darling said it was wonderful as is, albeit a bit spicy.

Sep 20, 2011
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What's for Dinner - Part #103 [old]

Thanks, Maria. My dad was only 52 and it was quite sudden, but I'm glad he lived out the remainder of his days someplace so lovely.

The darling is just that, so the title is well deserved. Tonight we just had boca chik'n nuggets and tator tots for dinner, although I'm looking to cut a cantaloupe we got out of the garden this morning before the storm rolled in.

Aug 27, 2011
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What's for Dinner - Part #103 [old]

The North Fork is a beautiful place. My father lived in Greenport for the last few years, til he passed away this March. I spent some time on the beaches and visiting small markets and stuff while I was there taking care of him. It's a gorgeous place, filled with lots of tranquility and peace.

As for what's for dinner, I had an everything bagel, untoasted. The darling had a taco made with refried beans and tomatoes from the garden.

Aug 24, 2011
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What's For Dinner? Part 70 [old]

I'm so excited for you!

Feb 01, 2011
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What's For Dinner? Part 67

I'm so sorry to hear that. Losing a furry loved one is so hard. You're in my thoughts.

Jan 20, 2011
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Help! Frozen Turkey!

Thank you. I told her that it wasn't a good idea that she cook them frozen. She doesn't seem to think she is wrong.

Nov 13, 2010
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Help! Frozen Turkey!

I'm hoping someone on the boards can help me. My sister-in-law is in charge of making the church Thanksgiving dinner, which is tomorrow night. Unfortunately, she didn't have the foresight to thaw any of the turkeys...

When we talked to her today, she said she was just going to cook the turkey and 3 turkey breasts frozen. Has anyone ever done this? Will it work? Also, we are expecting about 80 people to come, will that be enough turkey?

Thank you in advance for all the help, I have no idea what we're going to do.

Nov 13, 2010
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Fancy Vegan dinner party

I'm vegan, so I can relate to how this might be a bit difficult. I make a really lovely vegan cheesecake, if you need any ideas for dessert.

Oct 13, 2010
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Your Favorite Pumpkin Recipe

Hey Chef Chicklet, I made these tonight and they smell heavenly. I haven't eaten them yet because they're still cooling=) Anyhow, I have a question. I put them in for 25 minutes with the intention to turn the muffin pans halfway and they were done already. I'm not sure why, but maybe my oven just runs really hot.

Regardless, they look delicious and I can't wait to eat one! Thank you for the recipe.

Oct 11, 2010
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