thanksgiving inspiration

by jenna on November 9, 2011

It’s that time of year again! Time for turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and stuffing ourselves silly before laying on the couch and watching football for five hours straight. I’m actually going home this year so I’ll get to enjoy a homecooked Thanksgiving meal prepared by mom, the best chef out there. (Mom? Can you please make those mashed sweet potatoes with the syrup and roasted marshmallows on top? please?) However, I’m also going to be cooking an early Thanksgiving dinner here for Adam and my friends. Being a foodblogger = enjoying holidays twice. Actually, being a foodblogger = cooking for holidays twice while your friends reap the benefits of your labor.

During the next two weeks, I’ll be posting recipes from my pre-Thanksgiving menu. But right now, I wanted to share what’s been inspiring me in blogland lately!

Apple Celery Root Gratin by A Spicy Perspective

Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie by Chef Fish via Tasty Kitchen

Cranberry Upside Down Cake by Brown-Eyed Baker

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Dried Cranberries and Red Onion by Two Peas and Their Pod

Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing by Handle the Heat

Cheddar Green Bean Casserole by Life and Kitchen

Acorn Squash Lasagna by Tracy Carolyn

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz by Kitchen Konfidence

Black Bottom Pecan Pie by Kiss by Whisk

Smoky Shrimp with Parsnips and Brown Rice by Bev Cooks

What’s on your Thanksgiving table this year?

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Emmy (Wine and Butter) November 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I made Paula Deens Pumpkin cheesecake last year and this year I’m dying to try to make a raw one – one extreme to the next basically. That upside down cake looks amazing!!!! ps – I also think your Bohemian Wedding cake with pumpkin frosting would totes be approp!


Nisrine November 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Gorgeous dishes and perfect for the holidays indeed.


Cait H. November 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

That Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz sounds out of control. Yum.


gia November 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

That’s what I’m talkin’ bout! Those look like amazing recipes!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

All of these look fantastic! My grandma makes the most delicious sweet potato casserole. I am hoping that is on the Thanksgiving menu this year!


Mel @ Post Grad Mel November 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love Thanksgiving food and the holiday in general. My sister and I always watch the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Thanksgiving episode with Johnny
and June Carter Cash. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!


jenna November 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

dr quinn the medicine woman!!!!!! i miss her.


Mel @ Post Grad Mel November 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

It’s seriously one of the best shows on TV… my friends make so much fun of me for watching it. If you have Comcast cable they play reruns on the Gospel Music Channel (which near the Seattle area is channel 482).


Jen November 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Oh my Lord, I used to watch that ALL the time in my teens! I never see it on anymore though. I was in love with Joe :)


Julia @ La Petite Maison Verte November 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Looking forward to your Thanksgiving recipes! P.S. I, too, am inspired by that roasted squash and kale quinoa salad! Must eat healthy these next few weeks to offset the impending gluttony of Thanksgiving!


Jen November 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Definitely none of those! Unless someone else makes them for me…I wish :)

Um, turkey and vegetables? Just keeping it simple as usual.


Lucy November 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Goodness woman, at least include some mashed potatoes and bread and pie. Turkey and vegetables isn’t enough for a normal weekday dinner, let alone thanksgiving.


Jen November 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

lol – I think those go without saying don’t they?!


Bev Weidner November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for linking me, lady! And uh, I need to stick my head in that cranberry upside down cake. Whuuuut!


Dana November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Joanne Chang’s Double two apple pie and super pumpkiny pumpkin pie! And Real Simple’s popovers for bread :)


Maria November 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I can’t wait until Thanksgiving! Great recipe roundup! Thanks for including our salad:)


Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

How lucky for you tow enjoy 2 Thanksgiving day meals. Can’t wait to see your feast.

BTW congrats on winning the Best General Cooking Blog award from Foodbuzz. Very well deserved! I love your blog, even though I don’t always leave a comment I do enjoy reading it. Congrats:)


Cait's Plate November 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Pies, pies and more pies!! Apple, pumpkin and chocolate creme to start :)


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles November 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I see lots of mashed potatoes in my future. And stuffing. Love stuffing. I’m going to try to show some restraint this year. Sigh.


kathleen @ the daily crumb November 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

mmmm everything looks delicious! thanks for sharing. my husband and i are hosting t-giving for our families this year and i must get moving on the menu!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Yum! Very tasty links :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

You picked and linked to some awesome recipes. Some Ive seen, most I haven’t. Thanks for the TG inspiration :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Aww this post makes me sad that we already had Canadian Thanksgiving! The best part was definitely my mom’s pumpkin pie using our favourite Canadian Living recipe. She makes it every year and it’s always amazing!


Erika - The Teenage Taste November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Love Thanksgiving – it’s the perfect holiday for a food blogger! 😉


Carrie @ kissmywhisk November 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thanks for linking to my Black Bottom Pie! They all look scrumptious, and I’m really eyeing that quinoa salad!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) November 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Mmmm, I want to make that turkey pot pie!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Ooh…that pecan black bottom pie sounds right up my alley!
Jenna, I’m so excited for you that you get to go home for Thanksgiving :) And, I can’t wait to see what you’ll be cooking up for your friends :)


Samantha November 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

A celery root recipe ! People are always buying celery root at work, and when I ask them what they do with it, they all say I don’t know! I’m glad there is a real use!


Laura @mypurposefullife November 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This post gets me (even more) excited about Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday (well, at least right up there with Christmas), because it’s not nearly as commercialized and only really evolves around food and family. It’s basically a holiday to celebrate my favorite things. :)


Annabet November 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Hey Jenna!

Your recipes look amazing, can’t wait to try a few. Hubby and I are going to Monterey/Carmel in a couple of weeks and wondered if you could recommend a couple of good restaurants to try?? Pretty Please??


jenna November 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Try Casanova for a super romantic dinner! It’s in Carmel and is amazing!


Annabet November 10, 2011 at 5:31 am

Thanks so much, will do!


Yolie @ Practising Wellness November 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

Oh my goodness, that quinoa and sweet potato dish looks incredible…I must make that! Bookmarked :-) Thanks for sharing! xyx


Emily November 10, 2011 at 5:33 am

Thanks for sharing! That quinoa salad looks fantastic ~ definitely on my to make list this month.


Rachael @ FreshlyMinted November 10, 2011 at 5:38 am

I’ve been looking forward to this. I need a little inspiration!

My family is a little quirky…Instead of football, we have to endure the national dog show for hours on end – complete with various family members commenting on the animal confirmation and performance, and usually a little judge-bashing. I guess it’s a little like football 😉 (That’s what you get for being born into a group of hard-core breeders and trainers with a farmer/veterinarian uncle!)


Micah November 10, 2011 at 6:35 am

Holy cow, cranberry upside down cake? Might make that today…. not sure I’ll be able to think about anything else until I sink my teeth into a bite!


Charise November 10, 2011 at 6:38 am

I’m hosting for the first year! Although I like to mix things up, my family is pretty traditional (with picky eaters!). So the most I can do is make the basics all from-scratch instead of using any canned/boxed stuff: turkey, mom’s mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, salad, pecan pie, and a pumpkin spice cake trifle (my one mix-it-up allowance ;))


Leslie Means @ Her View From Home November 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

Try my family tradition – AKA fatty potatoes!!! These are soooo very good. But beware – they are loaded with calories!


Shannon November 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

oh wow oh wow oh wow!!! That cranberry upside down cake looks Uh-amazing!!!!!!!!!! I love using fresh cranberries. Such a bummer they only sell them this time of year. I need to stock up and freeze some to use through out.


Kara November 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yum! I can’t wait to try that quinoa salad. I actually grew quinoa this year (!) and am planning to make that salad to test it out, along with my home grown kale!


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