Food Fodder: Thanksgiving Meal Plan!


It’s going to be a great Holiday season this year! We have  family to visit, lots of great food, and I couldn’t be more excited about being able to cook this year! Last year at this time, I was so miserable. I could barely breathe, eating was hard and un-enjoyable, and cooking was absolutely out of the question. This year? I want to wear my apron all week and dance around the grocery aisles, THAT’S how excited I am!

We have a huge menu, and a small gathering, but we like leftovers. I’m planning on making my Thanksgiving Pot Pie again this year, so the leftovers really are welcome!

Here’s what we’ve got planned:

Turkey – Yet to be named! (I name all of my Turkeys) I always brine my turkey, because it makes it so unbelievably juicy and it stays moist as leftovers, too. This year I’m using Alton Brown’s recipe to try it out. Everyone raves about it, and as much as I love mine, I want to try something new.  Apple and onions? Yum!

Her name was "Sugah", courtesy of my nephew. circa Turkey Day 2009

Creamy Mashed Potatoes  – soft, fluffy Yukon Gold potatoes with butter, cream, salt, and a touch of white pepper. I haven’t decided if I’m going to use Roasted Garlic or not yet.

Stuffing – I bake  mine outside of the Turkey. I use a bag of stuffing mix, saute onions and celery together, add some fresh sage and parsley, an egg, and a little chicken stock. I bake it according to the package directions and VOILA! Stuffing that won’t give me food poisoning *and* that tastes great!

My grandma’s (my dad’s mom’s) Corn Pudding! Of course I’ll share the recipe! :)

Corn Pudding

1 pint of frozen corn

16 oz. can of creamed corn

2 eggs, well beaten

salt, to taste

1 c. cracker crumbs

1 c. milk

2 T. butter

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes until puffed and center is firm.

Green Beans with sauteed onions and mushrooms – I just can’t do the casserole thing. I told Ryan I would make it for him next month, though. I’m a good wifey. ;)

My grandma (mom’s mom) is bringing:

Baked Cabbage

Candied Yams


Cranberry Sauce (I usually make this, too, but she already said she was bringing it. You don’t step on your grandma’s toes.)

My mom is making:

Pumpkin Pie (best ever)

Apple Crisp (delicious with ice cream!)

My mother-in-law is bringing:

Antipasto Tray (because you have to appetizers, right!?)

Some sort of carrot dish (I can’t wait to try this!)

Sunday we’re having a brunch with Ryan’s family, and I can’t wait for that! I *love* breakfast foods, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a real brunch.

What are you munching on for Thanksgiving? 


4 Responses to Food Fodder: Thanksgiving Meal Plan!
  1. Hutch
    November 21, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    We’re going completely different this year! My parents are in FL visiting Disneyworld, Harry Potter (trying not to be jealous) and family. SO my brother and i are passing on the big family get together to do Thanksgiving just the two of us. No Turkey since my kitchen is wicked small. Instead it’s going to be baked baby back ribs some sort of veggie and some potatoes. That’s all we’ve planned so far and I’m very much looking forward to it :)

    • Kallay
      November 22, 2011 | 12:13 pm

      Okay, how about this? I’ll be jealous FOR you! I want to go do the Harry Potter thing so badly!

      Your dinner sounds delicious! Don’t forget dessert!! :D

  2. fojoy
    November 22, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Yum! It all sounds so good.
    Phil mixes red and sweet potatoes for our mashed. And stirs in a healthy dose of cream cheese.
    Mmmm…now I’m hungry.

    • Kallay
      November 22, 2011 | 5:55 pm

      Ooo! That sounds good! I might have to try that sometime!

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