Thanksgiving is next week. Holiday season is finally here. What I hate about living in Phoenix is that it doesn’t even remotely feel like the holidays have arrived. How can one get into the Christmas Spirit when you’re still wearing shorts, tees and the grass is still green? I love snow. Love it. Without snow, it just doesn’t feel right, and I think it actually makes me depressed! Most people develop SAD because of lack of sunlight, but not me, oh no. I have SAD because I have no snow. It’s seasonal, so I think it freaking counts.
The past few years we’ve kept Thanksgiving simple. No big fat turkey with ten thousand sides and long naps with the football game blaring on TV. Rudy would grill up some porterhouse steaks and huge bakers and that would be it. I mean, seriously, what’s more gourmet: a stupid turkey or the motherload of beefy goodness?
I am just so absolutely not in the mood for steak this year. I am barely in the mood for anything whatsoever. But! I want to get into the holiday spirit, so I need to dive into doing something a little more traditional. Since we’re going to be at Grandma’s for Thanksgiving, we’ve decided to do the whole turkey bit. I think I could handle turkey on my death-to-meat spectrum. I’ve never cooked a turkey before, and I plan on keeping it that way, so Grandma is handling that one. I, however, am the Queen of the Side Dish. So I plan on tackling all the yummy things to decorate our plates with.
Perusing Delish.com is so much fun. I am sick of the boring old traditional stuff, so I started surfing for something a little more gourmet. There are so many recipes I am excited about, I have to share them.
Two different green bean dishes that sound soooooo good. Click on the pictures to link to the recipes. The first is made with shallots and the second with prosciutto. I love green beans, and also, I love to watch Afton deconstruct them when they are on her plate. I think I used to do the same thing as a kid.
Creamy corn. Now, this one I am not too certain about. Maybe if it was named something that didn’t sound so much like creamed corn, I would jump all over it. Creamed corn is disgusting on about fifty different levels. But the picture looks yummy. So maybe I will come up with my own not-so-gross name for it.
Sauteed apples with Thyme. I love trying new apple recipes because apples are so versatile. You can eat them with all sorts of cheese, with peanut butter, salads and a bazillion different things between. So why not try another recipe. I’m sure I will also be making some applesauce too.
And finally I reach the end with a Pear Gorgonzola salad. The name says it all. Delish!