November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Roundup!!!

So I had a little request from lovely Alex of Strawberry Lemonade to do a little roundup of my Thanksgiving pasts/ideas. My mom always hosts Thanksgiving, so most of the weight of the day is on her. She rocks. She’s traditional. She makes a wonderful spread!

For our Thanksgiving, I bring a sweet potato dish topped with pecans & a HUGE batch creamed spinach to the party.  I’ve never blogged the recipes to either one (which kinda shocks me!) Maybe I should….

The past few years I’ve made a fluffy pumpkin tiramisu for dessert, but it usually never gets finished cuz everyone in my family stuffs themselves all day long and never saves room for dessert! I hate that!  It tastes good, but it has a shelf life!

If you are looking for some Thanksgiving ideas, I’ve compiled a few!

If you are on appetizer duty,


Make a Sundried Tomato Goat Cheese Log!

If you are in charge of stuffing,

Make an Italian Sausage & Chard Stuffing!

If you want to make a veggie dish that will create no leftovers,

Make some Brown Sugar Glazed Brussels Sprouts!


Make a tasty side of Baked Artichokes!

If you want to mix up your yearly pumpkin pie…

Make Pumpkin Parfaits!

If you have a Trader Joe’s near by, pick up some gingerbread cake mix and

Make some Gingerbread Cupcakes with a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting!

Also at Trader Joe’s, get their Pumpkin Bread Mix and

Make a loaf of Chewy Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread!

And if you have leftover Pumpkin Puree the next day…

Make Pumpkin Waffles!

Hope this helps, Alex!!! I’ll try to post the sweet potato & creamed spinach dishes as soon as I find the photos from last year on my computer! What are you in charge of this Thanksgiving??!

  • whitney

    I’m in charge of a side dish, a spinach/artichoke/cream cheese casserole thing (step-grandma’s recipe). I’m trying to think of ways to jazz it up a little bit though…maybe adding some parmesan cheese to the cream cheese mixture (though there’s already some parmesan on top of the dish)…or maybe adding some lemon juice & lemon zest to the cream cheese. Or maybe I’ll just leave it alone, because everyone seems to like it just the way it is!

  • alex*strawberrylemonade

    Oh i’m droooooling over here. YUM YUM YUM!!!!! This is so great Tracy THANNK YOU!!!!!!!
    I’ll let ya know how it turns out!!

  • maija

    I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing. I usually end doing at least 2 veggie side dishes & 1-2 desserts. My traditional dish is roasted green beans with garlic cloves & red onions, topped with balsamic vinegar & pinenuts after roasting. The last couple of years I’ve also done a butternut squash/apple/cranberry/maple syrup dish, but I might try something different.

    My sister & her family mostly are gluten-free eaters, so I am excited to try a new twist on pumpkin pie this year. I found a recipe to make a pie crust using crushed gluten-free ginger snaps – doesn’t that sound delicious with pumpkin pie? And so easy – you basically mix crushed ginger snaps with butter, press in a pan & bake. I’m also tempted to make a flourless chocolate cake, as I love those & recently got a great deal on Scharffen Berger baking chocolate.

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