Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. I love that it’s about food, and friends and family, and taking a pause at the border between the light and dark halves of the year. I love the name, and how even though the holiday’s roots are more or less Christian, the meaning transcends belief systems. And I love how well it resists becoming commercialized. But most of all I love the food: squash, yams, heavier greens and nuts are what I crave.
I posted about our dinner last year, which was fabulous. This year I’ll still be making the brussels sprout slaw and the yams with homemade marshmallows (and there will still be a turkey), but I’m adding a few new items. First, cranberry sauce – I’ve got my eye on the first of this trio from Smitten Kitchen. Second, I thought ahead and bought a basket of pears last weekend so they’d be ripe for baking this weekend, and I think I’m going to try this (also Smitten Kitchen) Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake. Some other recipes (all from Bon Appétit via Epicurious) I’ve got my eye on:
What’s on your menu? And does anyone know what happened to the pine nuts? I think I’ll have to substitute almonds.