the great thanksgiving recipe swap

hey! guess what?

Thanksgiving is coming!

Most of you know that my family lives three thousand miles away and because of that, I’m not able to go home this year. I’ve signed up to volunteer cooking Thanksgiving dinners at a homeless shelter all day on Wednesday, and then Almanzo and I are having a late celebration on Friday at a surprise restaurant location (it’ll be a surprise for me, too). I have oodles and oodles of book editing to keep me busy, so I’m not really that bummed about being by myself.

Just now though, as I was washing my two hundredth spoon of the day, I had this idea!

and the idea involves YOU.

This is an official Thanksgiving recipe call out.

In addition to my daily posts/recipes/plights, every single day for the rest of the month I want to feature one of YOUR great recipes!

Yep, you heard me.

So, if you have a great recipe (can be anything Thanksgiving or holiday related—turkey, stuffing, sides, bread, dessert) and want to share your recipe with the blog world and make new friends while you’re at it, I’m here to make that happen.

Just email me your recipe (limit one recipe per person, please) along with a photo if you have it (if you don’t, no big deal) and in the subject line of the email write “thanksgiving recipe swap”. If you have a blog, don’t forget to send me the link. Also, your name so I can give you appropriate credit.

Because I’m anticipating a great many recipes coming into my inbox, it will be virtually impossible for me to feature every single one on the blog. I really wish I could! I’ll pick recipes randomly, so check back daily to see if yours is up!

Send recipes to jenna [at] and hurry—we start TODAY!

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  • Angharad
    November 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Brilliant idea! I love recipe swaps! Got my thinking cap on…

  • lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    November 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I feel like everyone is so busy scurrying around trying to grab their best festive recipe that they’re too frazzled to comment. As for me, I don’t cook so here I am. Cool idea.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Ah awesome idea, Jenna! And on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving you’re totally going to be like the March girls when they bring their Christmas meal to the needy in Little Woman 🙂

    • jenna
      November 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      i love you for comparing me to one of the March girls! Except I just hope I don’t come down with scarlet fever like Beth did…

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    November 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Ooh, this looks fun. Now do I choose something sweet or savory…

  • eml
    November 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Love when bloggers do this!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Great idea! I’ll definitely submit one 🙂

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    November 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Cute idea! I know a really good stuffing recipe I may contribute. Mmm stuffing.

  • Funny Amy @
    November 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    That’s the lovliest idea! I used to live in the states, and we still celebrate thanksgiving with amercian friends in london. I’m going to have a think and def contribute something! 🙂 Hope you have a lovely one even if you’re not with your family

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This is an awesome idea!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    November 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love this idea!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    this is why I love blogging…sharing!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    What a great idea! I <3 it!

  • chelsie
    November 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Gah I love this…gives me an excuse to bake a batch of our favorite cut-out cookies a month early. My husband thanks you in advance!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Fabulous idea! I’m off to go digging in my recipe box 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    November 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t have any recipes but I love this idea. This will be an awesome list to have come Thanksgiving 2011.

  • Hope
    November 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    What a great idea! I really wish we celebrated Thanksgiving over here!

  • Laura
    November 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    No joke, this morning I thought to myself, “it would be cool if Jenna did a ‘How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner’ post.” This will be a fun feature! I look forward to reading (and maybe trying!) the recipes.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!!

  • grocery goddess jen
    November 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome idea, Jenna! And cooking for a homeless shelter? You’re a superstar!

  • Courtney @ Ice Cream &Wine
    November 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My husband and I moved to California in September (we’re originally from Nebraska). Unfortunately, family won’t be visiting us this year. So we decided to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving – and we’re looking forward to it!

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  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    November 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    SWEET IDEA. <3

  • stevie
    November 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I absolutely love your idea and the fact that you’re using your talent to help at a homeless shelter!

  • Sandy
    November 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I look forward to collecting all of the awesome recipes that your readers submit. I have been hostessing Thanksgiving for 25 years now and still don’t really love the holiday. This year I made reservations at an unusual haunted country inn restaurant for our family. For the first time I am looking forward to the day. Hope you have an interesting plan for Thanksgiving day too so that your day is not too lonely.

  • dana @ my little celebration
    November 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Lovely idea! I was so excited when “wee little me” was invited to join in your recipe swap. Yipee! I’ll do my best to come up with something grooooooooovayyy.

    yay Jenna!

  • stacey-healthylife
    November 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Great idea. 🙂

  • Ella
    November 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    i have a good apple pie recipe! once i find it i’ll send it in.
    waaah thanksgiving. this year is my first as a vegetarian and i’m not quite sure what to do!

    • Krista
      November 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      The hands-down best main course for a vegetarian at Thanksgiving is a stuffed mini pumpkin. Clean it out and roast for 40 min. Then stuff with garlic, mirepoix, wild rice, crumbled tempeh and fresh herbs. Bake again (with the top on) for about 30 min or until tender and filling is heated through. You’ll feel special with that beauty on your plate!

  • Laura (Starloz)
    November 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    i’m so excited for these recipes, like woah.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    November 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    This is a great idea. Can’t wait to see what comes up!

  • Karen
    November 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    These are both such generous initiatives, Jenna. In fact, you’ve reminded/inspired me to volunteer myself to serve at a local homeless shelter…something I have done in the past, but not often enough in recent years. Many thanks for rekindling the spirit in me!

  • Andrea
    November 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I love this idea, I am hosting my first Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see some tried and true recipes that I can add to my menu!!

  • valen
    November 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    For once I’m not cooking anything special. My parents will be out of town and my siblings want junk food that I refuse to cook. Sorry about your sprained ankle! I’ve been there, four times!

  • valen
    November 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    oops. I meant to say that I’m not cooking anything special for Thanksgiving.

  • Joanna
    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Wow this is exciting! I am planning my menu so I will be following along with the posts for ideas!

  • kaila
    November 5, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I already know what I’m sending in…….vegan mushroom leek stuffing! sooo good on thanksgiving!

  • Jessie
    November 5, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I Love the material that your pie is sitting on. My daughter has a dress that uses that as an accent! LOVE IT!

  • emily
    November 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

    If we e-mail you a recipe should we expect a conformation e-mail or just assume you got it? I’m sure you are getting a ton! 🙂

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