Friday, November 16, 2012

link-o-rama, and being thankful

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next WEEK? I have been living in a deep, dark hole called Thanksgiving at work, and even I can't believe the actual holiday is a few days away. Thank God I'm not cooking this year. Well, maybe a pie. Or two. And some appetizers. And cranberry sauce.

If you, like me, are still cobbling together this year's menu, I've got some helpful links for you to check out.

My girl Casey over at Good. Food. Stories. is my personal Thanksgiving guru. She knows exactly how to time your turkey and side dishes and gravy and all that business so that everything hits the table at just the right time. Here's her Thanksgiving timeline and some pro tips.

Appetizers that don't fill people up but still keep them out of the kitchen and out of your hair are key. Here are some winners from iVillage. (The first slide deserves some sort of special award for appetizer brilliance.)

Also from iVillage, 50 side dishes for the still-undecided.  

Food + Wine has potluck-friendly dishes to bring if you're not hosting this year.

And some pretty wonderful-looking cockails.

If you can't splurge on Thanksgiving, you have no reason to continue eating and therefore living, and these "splurge-worthy" desserts from Southern Living certainly fill that bill. Sweet potato pie with marshmallow meringue!

If you don't want to go the pumpkin dessert route this Thanksgiving, try one of these tasty-looking "alt-pumpkin" desserts from Bon Appetit. I think alt-pumpkin should be the next big music genre.

This year, more than ever, I am feeling grateful for having a home, a job, friends and family I love. I'm also thankful to have this little corner of the Internet and that people like you read it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Alejandra said...

I totally just cracked up over the alt-pumpkin line! Love that. Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Alice said...

Great ideas, and happy Thanksgiving to Mabel (oh and her parents) as well!

Casey@Good. Food. Stories. said...

Oh man, that cheese tray! You know I'd just fold it in half, cheese rounds and all, and eat the whole thing like a sandwich.

Lisa said...

Alejandra: Glad to make you laugh :)

Alice: Thanks, lady! (Mabel thanks you too.)

Casey: Hahaha...not a bad idea

Lucy @ TutorCare said...

I moved back to the UK after spending 2years in Boston and i still celebrate Thanksgiving like no other. mainly because the food made on thanksgiving is just so good and tasty and is the one day of the year im allowed to binge eat :) Happy Thanksgiving All

Judy said...

I'm expecting a puff pastry cheese tray!

Unknown said...

The cheese tray is brilliant and so many awesome apps. I'm thankful I get to work with you!!

Daniel said...

How about puff pastry coasters? Better for finger food.


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