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My Thanksgiving Menu! 
Nov. 20, 2012 2:02 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 10:56 am
I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our family ever since I got married, over 9 years ago. When I started out there was 11 of us, but there are 14 of us now (adults and kids). Though it can get a little extra 'cozy' around the tables, I wouldn't have it any other way! My menu stays pretty much the same from year to year, though I try to add one new thing each year. When my guests (family) arrive, they are greeted with the wonderful smells of the holiday, and the tables carefully set and full of appetizer, candies and pre-dinner snacks. At each place setting there is always a homemade place card of some sort (this year it is a homemade chocolate turkey sucker). A lot of talking (and laughing) later, it's time for the meal, complete w/ turkey-shaped butter, which is easily made with a candy mold, some non-stick cooking spray and, of course, butter! One year, I remember, I decided not to make the butters because I was tight on time and I figured no one would notice...well, I'll  just say that I will NEVER make that mistake again, lol. BTW, they can be made ahead and frozen between waxed paper until you're ready for them. There is just something about butter in festive shapes that makes it taste even better than it already does, dontcha think?! After dinner the conversation continues, along with coffee (hot cocoa for the kids), and waaaaaaay too many desserts, lol. I don't know why, but I always think that we need 10,000 desserts for 14 people...does everyone think like that, or is it just me??? By the time it's all said and done, everyone is too full to move, talk or think, and that is when I know it was a success!

Below is my menu for the big day...what's yours?

APPETIZERS:<  (shaped into a turkey, of course)<<<<<

Turkey (23 pound)
Homemade bread stuffing (my mom’s recipe)
Rice stuffing (a dear family friend’s recipe)<<

Sweet potatoes (our family’s recipe)< (except using broccoli b/c not many coming like brussel sprouts…crazy, I know!)

Cranberry sauce (yes, we like the jellied one in the can, lol)
Gravy (family recipe)
Salad (with choice of homemade Italian or ranch dressing)< (with ‘turkey butter’, of course)


Cheesecake (my sister’s bringing it, so I already know it will be store bought, lol)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving...ENJOY!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
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"Roasted Turkey" Butter :)
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Roasted Turkey.............mmmmmm
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Nov. 20, 2012 2:24 pm
beautiful pictures and terrific food. yep, it will take a crowbar to get folks to leave such a beautiful table!
Nov. 20, 2012 2:30 pm
Sounds like a great menu. Love your pics. And you can never have to many desserts! Yum!
Nov. 20, 2012 4:44 pm
Awww, Thanks, Gary! Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Nov. 20, 2012 4:45 pm
Thanks, Rae! Yes, I agree, you can NEVER have too many desserts...Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Nov. 20, 2012 4:45 pm
Sounds like a wonderful menu! What time is dinner! ;-) I'm impressed you can roll that pumpkin cake roll because I seem to be cake roll impaired! Have a wonderful holiday! Glad to see you are Respecting the Bird! If you are not too exhausted after Thanksgiving, try celebrating Bake Friday....or you can read about it on my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 20, 2012 5:28 pm
Thanks for stopping by, OC! I just got done reading your blog...LOVED it and the pics...Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Nov. 27, 2013 10:56 am
Hi Christine! I love your ideas. Can you please tell me what you used to make the turkey face/neck on the cheeseball? That is so adorable, my kids will love it! Thanks so much! Andrea
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About Me
Hi Everyone! My name is Christina and I live in Pittsburgh (born and raised here) with my husband, Jim (we have been married for 11 years), my son Gabriel (he is 7), and our twin baby girls born June 22, 2011, Abby and Ally. I love cooking and sharing recipes and have a pretty extensive cookbook/recipe collection. I think my love of cooking comes from my mom and dad. We are definately a family that loves to cook (AND EAT!). I also enjoy watching hockey, LET'S GO PENS!, walking, crocheting and doing crafts. I am looking forward to meeting alot of new people here, and sharing tips and ideas.
My favorite things to cook
EVERYTHING! I love trying new things and we are not a picky family, so anything goes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Just cook with love and patience. I am 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Lebanese, so we have tons of family traditions.
My cooking triumphs
When I was maybe 12 years old, I had a dinner party for some close neighbors and I made stuffed shrimp, homemade gnocchi with sauce, salad, homemade croissants and creme caramel for dessert. I was so proud of myself. When I cook and I can see the look of enjoyment on the people I am servings faces, that is a triumph all in itself.
My cooking tragedies
None that I can recall, LOL!
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