Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Virgin

Believe or not, but tomorrow will be the first time I have ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the family.  Salt and I decided to stay in Lansing this holiday, partly because we didn't want to schlep down to central Indiana for one day and partly because we have some dear friends here originally from Hawaii who can't go home for the holiday. Once we decided on staying, we casually invited my parents to come up from Indianapolis.  Since they have never visited us in the two-plus years that we've been here, we figured they'd pass as usual and take the easy hour drive down to Bloomington to have turkey with my sister and her family.  Surprise!  They decided to visit us this year.

So a-cookin' we will go. We're going mostly traditional as one might expect, but with a few non-traditional items thrown in to keep everyone on their toes.

Amuse bouche
I haven't decided yet...TBD


Mussel Chowder
Caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese crostini

Herb Roast Turkey
Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
Candied Sweet Potatoes (from our friends M and JC)
Cranberry relish (from Grandpa and Grandma)

Greens with cranberries and goat's cheese

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Mocha Pie
Lemon Cookies
Pecan Tartlets (from Grandpa and Grandma)