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Tis Time: Thanksgiving Menu

Nov 03, 2011 05:13PM ● By Anonymous

This time of the year is magical for me -- it's a food lover's heaven. Confession: I planned my Thanksgiving menu at least three weeks ago. It's my first year as a wife in my own home, and I'm hosting my in-laws and some friends on the actual day of Thanksgiving (I've made Thanksgiving dinners before, but never on the actual holiday). Needless to say, I'm excited.

I'm nervous, though, because I've never made a full turkey. Roasted chicken, yes. Turkey breast, yes. But my mother has convinced me that I'll be fine -- as long as my temperamental oven does what it's supposed to do.

I'm the type to experiment with new dishes on Thanksgiving, as opposed to my mother who makes (the very delicious) same meal every single year. This year, there are a few things that are the same as last year, but a few new additions. Someday, I'm sure, I'll settle on what becomes our traditional Thanksgiving meals. But not now. 

The Main Event: Herb-rubbed Turkey with Chardonnay Gravy

Stuffing: Apple-Walnut-Sausage Stuffing

Potatoes: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Check back soon for a recipe on this blog)
Warm Sweet Potato Salad

Vegetables: Green Beans with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (Check back soon for a recipe on this blog)
Cauliflower and Chestnut Gratin
Corn Casserole

Cranberries: Spiced Cran-Apple Relish

Desserts: Pumpkin Cream Pie
Apple Pie (Made by a friend)

Drinks: Autumn Sangria

Throughout this whole month, check back on the blog and on for extra Thanksgiving recipes, tips, and tricks to make your Thanksgiving easier.

What are you making this Thanksgiving? What's your tradition? Please let us know in the comments section!