It’s almost Turkey Time!!! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year. My family’s traditions and large family gatherings each year to celebrate has always held a special place in my heart. I love the concept of taking special time out with family and friends to be grateful and thankful for all that we have. I love that the day kicks off the holiday season. Aside from beautiful tablescapes and amazing food our family has other traditions for Thanksgiving we continue every year. One of our family traditions is to listen to our first Christmas song and watch a classic Christmas movie as a family after the big meal. And of course, I can’t overlook or forget that I absolutely LOVE the holiday feast. There’s really nothing I dislike about Thanksgiving.
So in honor of this special day I have curated a special inspirational list of recipes, tablescape ideas, and even some dining out options for those who don’t like the fuss of cooking. Read on for the details!
Here’s where Behind the Plates comes in! I’ve got some great side dishes and post-Thanksgiving uses for those leftovers. Here’s the rundown…..
Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: http://www.behindtheplates.com/creamy-roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes/
Classic Cranberry Sauce: http://www.behindtheplates.com/classic-cranberry-sauce/
Thanksgiving Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: http://www.behindtheplates.com/thanksgiving-stuffed-sweet-potato/
Post-Thanksgiving Crescent Roll Bars: http://www.behindtheplates.com/post-thanksgiving-crescent-roll-bars/
As for the turkey, I’m phoning in for some help. I made my very first turkey two years ago and used Ina Garten’s recipe and found it to be a classic, easy, no-fail version for us beginners. Honestly, it’s tasty for anyone looking for their turkey to be simple and sophisticated.
Some other holiday dishes that have caught my eye this year include:
Buttered Mushroom, Fig and Bacon Galette with Roasted Squash: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/buttered-mushroom-fig-and-bacon-galette-with-roasted-squash/
Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze: http://pinchofyum.com/cinnamon-streusel-pumpkin-coffee-cake-maple-glaze
Corn Pudding with Chives: http://www.marthastewart.com/1155558/corn-pudding-chives
Some of you may be wondering what tablescaping is. It is the design and execution of a flawless dinner table! If you’re looking for something festive, refined or even chic there are table inspirations we can look to for achieving the look in our own households. Get your Thanksgiving vision boards started with these ideas below:
Refined Rustic: http://jennycollier.com/friday-favorites/
Classic Harvest Elegance: http://www.stonegableblog.com/thanksgiving-table/
DINING OUT FOR THE HOLIDAY:
Here’s a listing of some local NJ restaurants that are catering to those who don’t want the fuss and mess of the kitchen and only want to focus on the family!
Crystal Springs Resort: Hamburg, NJ: This establishment offers five (yes five!!!) different Thanksgiving dinner options. From a buffet with live music, to a seated five-course tasting menu, and even an Italian take on the holiday’s meal there is something for ALL palates! Get the full menus and make reservations here: http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/dine/holidays/thanksgiving/
Blue Morel: Morristown, NJ: The Blue Morel offers upscale American fare and this is no exception for the holiday. The restaurant will offer a three course meal ($64 Adults/ $34 Children) that showcases Thanksgiving classics with some vibrant spins. See the menu on their website: http://bluemorel.com/menu/
Molly Pitcher Inn: Red Bank, NJ: The Molly Pitcher Inn is taking a different approach to the big meal with a holiday brunch offering. The menu highlights everything from a crepe station, to a seafood display and will also have all the classic Thanksgiving trimmings as well. There are limited seated times and reservations must be made in advance. For booking information and the brunch menu check here: http://themollypitcher.com/dine/
The Ebbitt Room: Cape May, NJ: This south Jersey staple will serve up a fancy three course dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Feast on spaghetti squash turnovers and family style turkey. Or you can take the alternative route and indulge in hearty short ribs and white chocolate panna cotta. Whatever you choose it’s sure to hit the spot. For the full details click here: http://www.caperesorts.com/restaurants/capemay/ebbittroom/menus#thanksgiving-dinner
Now you’re all ready for Turkey!!!
…all for the love of the dish