Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Ideas... Mmmm!

I apologize for starting late this week, a habit I know I've been prone to on Mondays :)

However, this is an exciting week! I'm gearing up for my trip home tomorrow, where I'll be spending my Thanksgiving with my wonderful family. It's been a while since I've been home, so I'm quite excited. This weekend, I spent some time researching side dish recipes that I might want to make with my mom, as we always tag team for Turkey Day cooking. Side dishes, for some reason, are always the most difficult things for me to come up with, since they can often be too boring or too bold for my family's tastes. Below are some links for those of you who are in similar predicaments.... I haven't narrowed the list further myself, but I think there's lots of good stuff to choose from.

Side Dishes

Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Wild Mushroom Bundles

Crisp Haricots Verts with Pine Nuts

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Sweet and Sour Cippoline

Caramelized Shallots

Creamed Corn Gratin with Fried Onion Rings and Bacon

Carmelized-Shallot and Sage Mashed Potatoes

And Desserts, of course, for those who, like me, don't like pumpkin pie...

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Gateaux Au Chocolat Et Mandarine

Smitten Kitchen's Mom's Apple Cake

Apple Walnut Bread Pudding

Mom, if you're reading, start narrowing down!!


Ashley said...

Gosh, reading all of these is making me hungry! (I'm on the hunt for a sweet potato recipe myself, if you've got one.) I like the sound of the broccoli rabe, but you need to blanch it before you sautee it to cut the bitterness. (The exec chef at Trattoria L'Incontro taught me that trick -- it works wonders!)Love the stuffed mushrooms too, but swap the egg for enough melted butter to make the mixture crumbly. The shallot and sage mashed potatoes are just plain yum!

Susan said...

I don't like pumpkin pie either! yay!