Thursday, November 15, 2007

So, What Will Go with the Turkey?

My family (3 children and 7 adults) is coming for Thanksgiving dinner! And while I am excited (very excited), I really haven't started planning the menu. I know we will have turkey, but what else? Laura's ( Looking Towards Heaven ) request for Thanksgiving Day menus has been just the inspiration I needed to decide what we will be eating along with that tasty bird. So, here goes...

Pumpkin Dip (ginger snaps, apple slices, and cinnamon graham sticks for dipping) and cheese and crackers for starters.

"Casa Salad" (If you live in Fort Wayne, Indiana this is as close to the house salad at the Casa restaurants as I've tasted since eating there.)

Mushroom and Sausage Stuffing (Jim is going to make this. He makes it just like Mom did, only better. :) Don't feel obligated to tell her I said that.)

Mashed Potatoes (My plan is to sweet talk Jim into making these, too. I just like his mashed potatoes. You would, too.)

Corn or a Baked Corn Casserole (Sometimes I think we try to make so many fancy dishes at a special dinner that we overlook the simplicity of uncomplicated open-the-bag-and-heat veggies.)

Some Other Vegetable (I might make creamed peas)

Raw Carrots and Dip

Praline Sweet Potatoes

Buns (store bought)

Jellied Cranberry Sauce (Straight from the can, without any bits of real fruit in there)

Turkey and Gravy

Dessert is always the hardest for me to plan because I find it very hard to make a choice! So many good things that I can bake. How to choose; how to choose?! I think I am going to make an apple pie and a gingerbread trifle. I'll also have an assortment of Christmas cookies available. (Mom's thumbprint cookies, Mom's Buttercake, chocolate Rolo cookies, peanut butter kiss cookies, and I'm going to try making the Almond Joy Balls from the Paula Deen show.)

Wine, Kiddie Cocktails (see previous post), and soft drinks

Casa Salad
Assemble a salad using the following ingredients. Use amounts that please you.
lettuce (1/2 iceberg and 1/2 romaine),
chopped red, sweet peppers
chopped green onions
Italian shredded cheese mix

Place the following ingredients in a blender:
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 t oregano
3/4 t pepper
1/2 t salt
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar (This really depends on your taste... start with less and add to your liking.)
3/4 t garlic salt

Blend the ingredients while pouring in 1 cup of oil (I use canola). Drizzle over your salad, toss and enjoy with a piece of crusty bread!


{Karla} said...

this is an amazing menu! I'm going to need to look for recipes for ALL of these items! YUM!

Thanks for sharing and joining in the fun!


Ribbon Rock Star said...

WOW! That is some feast. Everything sounds great.


David, Greenwood SC said...

Okay you are in the South! You can not have Thankgiving without homemde macaroni pie and sweet tea.

Totallyscrappy said...

Okay, I'm not so sure about the sweet tea, but you are right. I need to whip up a macaroni pie!

Tammy C said...

Okay dear. Here's something to add next year or this Christmas. It's called a pumpkin roll. I can't take credit. It originated from an older angel (Mrs. Pruitt) in Honea Path. It doesn't take long at all and has become "what I'm supposed to bring" at all our family gatherings. My dad says it reminds him of the spanish bar cakes you used to get at Moody's Food Barn. So here's the recipe:
Mix with wire wisk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin (that's 1/2 an Aldi can)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinammon
3/4 cup plain flour (gradually)
Place wax paper in 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with slightly raised edges). Bake at 375 for exactly 15 min. Remove from heat. Let stand just long enough to keep from burning your hands, then flip onto fresh wax paper and carefully peel off used paper. Cover with mixture consisting of:
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 tbsp softened smart balance
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Cover with mixture then roll from long side (if you start on short end it will crack). Wrap wax paer around tightly and refrigerate to set. Slice and serve. My kids love it (even the big one!).

Tammy C said...

P.S. Be good and I'll bring you some tomorrow that we had left from Thanksgiving.

Totallyscrappy said...

I'm so glad you added that recipe! It was yummy and my family is going to love it!

Xandra said...

OK...this is like the 8th time in about a week that I've read or heard about this pumpkin dip! Would you mind emailing me your recipe?

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