I'm excited for Thanksgiving this year- as I always am- because big meals are always a challenge to make. It gives me a chance to honor the traditions of my family and try new things with my new family.
Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms (nothing new here)
Olives- a family tradition. During my trip all of my sibs were together in one place for dinner before I left. We ate three cans of olives.
Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Greens with White Balsamic Vinaigrette- we've eaten this before (not for turkey day) and it was a wonderful fall salad.
Cider-Brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon- normally I just rock a soy sauce mixture.
Wild Rice, Fruit, and Pecan Stuffing- to replace my StoveTop. Yes, StoveTop isn't gourmet, but it's just like Mama used to make (but we both added freshly sauteed carrots, celery, and onions). But, as the Eat This, Not That people reminded me, they are basically soggy, fattening croutons. And gluten-y, of course.
Orange-Brandied Sweet Potatoes- about the same as Mama used to make, but with some additions.
Gluten-Free Baguette (thanks, Whole Foods!)... Kevin may get lucky and get some rolls from his mum.
Pomegranate Glazed Carrots
The Wonderful and Talented Gluten-Free Goddess has this recipe for a vegan pumpkin pie with a coconut-pecan crust. Now, I figure it would be just as delicious if I put some dairy, eggy deliciousness in the crust. Hopefully Karina won't track me down.
Whiskey-Spiked Whipped Cream
There was almost going to be a second dessert... I'm still keeping it as a possibility if we get a couple more guests. Frozen maple-mousse pie with candied cranberries. *swoon*
Wassail or Mulled Wine(for while I'm cooking in the morning)
Pinot Noir- for our turkey pairing pleasure.
Sparkling Cider- because just because you're old enough for wine doesn't mean you don't want cider.
I also have some ideas for leftovers that will hopefully cure me of my leftover- turkey hatred... including a curry and some sammiches.
What dietary restrictions are coming to shake up your Thanksgiving celebration? What traditions will never change?