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Non-Traditional Thanksgiving 
Nov. 19, 2011 7:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 3:40 am
Well it's been a while since my first blog, but I'm back because like many folks during the week of Thanksgiving, I have food on the brain! Here's my secret, though. I don't really like Thanksgiving food.

Aack! Don't hurt me! I'm sorry! The fact is that I get jazzed by the spicy and savory things in life, and I find a lot of Thanksgiving food to be a bit on the bland side, and sometimes overly sweet (sweet potatoes with marshmallows?!). Also, I don't like pie in any form.

Now hopefully you're still with me and the pie comment did not turn you away from this blog forever, because, dear readers, I am attempting Thanksgiving using the theme of stuffing, starch, and turkey, but with a twist. Here is the menu that I will be presenting to family and friends tomorrow (yes, that would be the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but we'll be doing the traditional thing with friends on the traditional day :-).

-Turkey from a chipotle chili brine that has been rubbed with SW ingredients (ancho, honey, lime), and cooked in the (new and fabulous) Crock Pot
-Red kuri squash gnocchi
-Bread stuffing-chorizo chilies rellenos
-Brazilian collards (my own recipe published on AllRecipes!)
-Home made french bread (hubby's specialty)
-Non-pie dessert being brought by someone in the fam

So we've got the essentials there--turkey, winter squash, stuffing, something green. But the dinner is going to be a little spicier than the norm. Allrecipes...I DO "Respect the Bird"! I just don't love the traditional set-up.

I'll report back with pictures early next week. In the meantime may our hearts be full of gratitude. Times are definitely tough, and my hope for all of you as we open the door to the holidays is that your lives are rich with friends, family, hope, and generosity.
Nov. 20, 2011 3:40 am
You will have to let us know how the turkey turns out - your spice rub sounds great. Thanksgiving is about gratitude and family and friends - you have that right! BTW - I am with you on those sweet potatoes with marshmallows - I can't stand them. Happy Thanksgiving to you.
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About Me
I am a nonprofit manager who loves to unwind by cooking. I love spicy food, and food that has cultural flair. As such I think I'm pretty adventurous, and love to try and make foods that make me feel like I'm on vacation.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook (and eat) anything with a lot of spice and/or a lot of fire. Of late I've been making quite a lot of Middle Eastern, Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese and Pakistani food. The rich gravies are loaded with spice, and the dishes are much healthier than food from many other countries (though not always!). I am also trying to be a better baker since burnt cake, cookies and bread have been my legacy. Oh, and I am also a coffee freak--hence the name Javagoddess. I make coffee in our espresso machine several times per day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom's family is Puerto Rican, so it combines so many elements--Carib, Spanish, African, American, etc. As a result, I've come to love foods that incorporate tomatoes, chiles, citrus fruits, rice, and barbecue. Oddly enough, I don't at all care for fish or seafood. Someday maybe I'll submit the mean green chile that has been a tradition in my family (although being of Puerto Rican, and not Mexican, ancestry it's more red than green because of the addition of tomatoes). I probably make this dish at least two times per month.
My cooking triumphs
Not being fans of traditional ham, turkey, mashed potato Christmas food, my husband and I decided to invite family one year and go Southern. We whipped up a big spicy batch of jambalaya, collard greens and split pea soup, then had an old-fashioned ice box cake for dessert.
My cooking tragedies
None. Really. Don't you believe me? (A good cook never reveals such a thing!)
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