Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2012


We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time. It was decided just a few days ago and I’m so excited! (Here’s why Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, even as a Brit.) I thought I’d share what we’re thinking of serving. Please share in the comments what you’re making – or looking forward to eating – so we can all be inspired and share ideas!

Cranberry sauce with orange zest and fresh nutmeg
Classic stuffing (though this cornbread sausage stuffing looks delicious)
Perfect roast potatoes
Mashed maple sweet potatoes
Roasted carrots
Green beans with almonds and thyme
Warm bread rolls


Pumpkin pie
Fruit cobbler
Chocolate pecan pie

P.S. My First Thanksgiving and other thanksgiving side dish ideas.

Top image by Katie Quinn Davies / What Katie Ate
Bottom image by Erin Jang / The Indigo Bunting

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Marisa November 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ahh – it all sounds really marvelous! I am getting super excited for Thursday to come around. I am also making cranberries with orange zest. My recipe doesn’t call for nutmeg though – do you have a recipe you’re using or are you just winging it? I love nutmeg and am intrigued!!

And I loved reading about your first Thanksgiving – what a way to start your celebrations of this holiday – in New York city of all places – and the Macy’s parade!! But you must tell – who was that British band?????

Happy Thanksgiving Angharad – I hope your first go at hosting is a wonderful experience – and I’ve no doubt your food will be phenomenal :)


Angharad November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi Marisa! Thanks so much. I’m excited for us to host for the first time. Luckily we have a small family so less pressure! Plus Dan is a whizz in the kitchen :)
I found a cranberry sauce recipe on simply recipes that I think I’ll adapt from – here it is: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry_sauce/ The nutmeg is optional but I just love freshly grated nutmeg. It’ll be a winging it situation for sure!

As for that band…I’ll never tell ;)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend!


John F November 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Add a little sausage and apple and bulgar wheat to your stuffing. Yum.

I’m going to try your Maple sweet potatoes.


Imen November 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Hurrah for a lovely Thanksgiving at yours this year! The menu sounds scrumptious and I am sure it will be a wonderful feast for all!! Imen xx


Kathryn November 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Happy thanksgiving! :)


elizabeth November 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Good luck with hosting–we are a mobile sort and switch between our parents’ houses, so this year my husband is making the turkey at his parents’ house and I’m making an appetizer of meatballs with apples. I’m sure everything will be fantastic!


Nicholas November 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

Happy Thanksgiving! My wife and I are hosting dinner for the first time too. My stress level isn’t in a good place right now. I’ve been recipe testing like a mad man though, and the core of our menu is in place.

Cranberry Pesto Goat Cheese Crostini

Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted turkey loin

Vegetarian Chili

Slow Cooker Apple Stuffing w/ Homemade Apple Sauce

Thomas Keller Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes

We’ll round out the meal with a cranberry salad that’s a classic in my wife’s family and a salad and/or a couple of vegetables. And pies. There will be terrific wine, of course. We’re pouring Zestos Malvar for our white and a yet-to-be-finalized red. I’m leaning toward LIOCO Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.


Angharad November 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

Wow Nicholas! You guys are ambitious. We’re going the easy/super simple route which is keeping stress levels to a minimum :)
All those recipes sound delicious though and I bet they’ll turn out wonderfully. Planning a menu and testing recipes is half the fun, right?! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Katie!


Teri November 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Okay, I’m a little late. For Thanksgiving we had turkey, brandied chestnut and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato and butternut squash au gratin, croissants, and a chocolate mousse cake for dessert. We’re also slowly picking away at an early sampler of a Christmas pudding that I made last year.


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