Friday, November 9, 2012

A Thanksgiving 10-Point Check List

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food, the gathering of friends and family and the celebration of the good things in our lives.

Because we host the event, we have a lot to accomplish. That takes thought, planning and lots of help. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, we've starting making lists.

Being prepared means less stress and more fun.

The first of many lists is a "Getting Ready for Thanksgiving List":

Step 1 - invite the guests and see who will bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish
Step 2 - pull out the recipes we want to make
Step 3 - clean the house
Step 4 - borrow extra chairs
Step 5 - pull the extra table out of the garage
Step 6 - shop
Step 7 - cook
Step 8 - eat
Step 9 - clean up
Step 10 - lie down

As of today we've completed Step 1.

Tomorrow we'll start on Step 2 by pulling out our favorite recipes, the ones that "it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without."

Which would include: kosher dill pickles, corn bread stuffing with Italian sausage and shiitake mushrooms, cranberry sauce with orange juice, shiitake mushroom-turkey liver pate and chocolate banana walnut cake.
To mix things up, I'm adding Moroccan style pickles that I learned to make on a recent trip to Marrakech.

The recipe for those pickles and the kosher dills are at Zester Daily where I have also included a recipe for a delicious flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache given me by chef Jean Yves.
He and his wife, Yulia, own Patisserie Lenox (30A Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240, 413/551-9050), a cozy French bakery and cafe.

He served me a slice of the cake when I visited the Berkshires in the summer and I was hooked. 

Last year I published my first e-cookbook 10 Delicious Holiday Recipes.
For $2.99, you get ten recipes that are easy-to-make, festive and fun. 
Using the Kindle App you can read the recipes on any smart phone, computer or tablet. The app is free and downloads easily.

I hope you'll buy my book and let me help you plan your holiday meals with recipes for special cocktails, appetizers, salads, sides, entrees and a couple of really delicious desserts.

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