Are you hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner this year? Are you freaking out about how you are going to get it all done?
Relax! It's not about putting on the "perfect" dinner party. Remember it's about gathering with family and friends and giving thanks.
I've been hosting our Thanksgiving family meal for over 40 years and I have a plan that works for me. For the most part, having a plan lessens the stress, except for those year's we lost power! But, not to worry, I went out to the "Motorhome" and "wha la" we had a full on "Thanksgiving dinner" for 30 or more! No worries! It's all about * Mise en Place!
A couple of years ago, I handed the Holiday baton to my very capable children, with a promise to be right there with them, and to help prepare anything and everything.....including, setting the table the night before! This year my son TT (Dustin) is cooking the bird, the stuffing and the cranberry sauce!! Amy girl is almost ready to deliver Cooper Owen and is not wanting to be on her feet in the kitchen too long:-) She will pop in to help now and then and make a few side dishes. My daughter's, daughter-in-law and 93 year old Mom are all making appetizers that promise to be scrumptious and I am making a Pumpkin cream brulee tart and Butternut soup, Jean George's recipe! Wee Bear is bringing Pecan and Pumpkin pies!
Here is some idea's and tips that will help make your Holiday dinner delicious!
Apple Spiced Bourbon
Orange Julius for breakfast
I like to keep it light, as I want my guests to enjoy the meal in which I have spent day's, if not weeks planning and preparing.
Southwestern Bean Salad dip
Pancetta Crisp with apple and gorgonzola
Thyme roasted Marcona almonds
Both these soup's are delicious, this Thanksgiving I am making the Jean Georges. Pictured is three ways to garnish and serve either of the soups.
Butternut Squash Soup- Jean Georges
Pumpkin Soup with a popcorn garnish
Field greens, poached pear and arugula
Southwest Salad with chopotle dressing
JJ's Favorite Cranberry Sauce
Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster)
Quinoa stuffing with pine nuts
Tink's Roasted Vegetables
Roasted pearl onions
Spicy Long Beans
Hungarian Nut Strudel
Spiced Roulade with Custard Sauce
Maple Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie Bites
Pumpkin cookies with Penuche frosting
Cinnamon Pin Wheels
Last minute table arrangement
|A vessel filled with nuts, a small canning jar filled with flowers and water, placed in the center. That's it!
* mise en place- pronounced MEEZ ahn plahs, means, to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to go before you start cooking. Translated, “ to put in place.” It’s kind of like when you go on a trip, first you make sure you have everything you need and are not forgetting anything, then fold everything nice and neatly so it fits into your bags. If you have mise en place, you are ready and if a storm happens, you have a back up plan.
Wee Bear, Moose, Bandit and I hope where ever you are, you have the warmest of Thanksgivings with your family and friends....we will, and our back up plan, well, TT and Amy have a generator that powers the entire house!! Now that's "Mise en Place"!
|This photo taken by Dave Harmon of Moments of Expression, our family photographer.