Talking Turkey

My neighbor Emily has enlisted me to help her put together a “grown up” gathering of friends this Thanksgiving.  To catch up on our planning, read up here. The next “chunk” we needed to tackle was the menu.  We pulled out some tried and true recipes, scanned our collective cookbooks and did a little pinteresting search to get our taste buds activated.

When putting together a menu, think first about yourself.  What can you realistically pull off given the amount of time, ability and interest you have in  the culinary arts.  Emily is a busy mom of two babes.  While she enjoys cooking, there is a limit to the time she can dedicate to any dish let alone a turkey and trimmings.  I suggest that she delegate.  I have never liked the term potluck as it leaves way too much to chance, so we come up with a very specific menu.  A pre-planned menu, right down to the recipe, is perfect.  It saves guests from coming up with a recipe on their own and everyone will feel that they have contributed to a wonderful meal.  This is where you think about your guests when planning a menu.  Beyond dietary considerations, also consider time constraints, ability and budget. Abby loves to bake, have her bring pies.  Candace stresses out in the kitchen, give her a specialty cocktail.  Ben travels a ton for work, don’t even bother giving him a dish and let him bring a music playlist!  You get the idea…

beautiful linens for Thanksgiving
beautiful linens for Thanksgiving
Homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving
Homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving

Another great tip from our Creative Director, Katherine Poole is to outsource.  Her own Thanksgiving traditions include collard greens prepared by a local bistro that specializes in Southern cuisine and homemade yeast rolls made (with love) by the women at her church for a holiday bazaar.  Whatever you are serving, make it the best you can.

Our favorite holiday recipes are found at Tide & Thyme and The Nourishing Home.