Another Weekend Special – A Festive Holiday Dinner with Friends

If dinner for eight (or twelve) is on your weekend agenda, I’m happy to help. The holidays are a wonderful time to invite friends over for a casual-elegant dinner. Here are a few ideas …

Put a bottle of prosecco on ice, light the fire and get cozy. You’ll want to start with a savory or two. Perhaps you’d like to try my Greek Mushrooms and/or Butternut Squash Tartlets? No, how about my favorite dip – Baba Ganoush?

When you are ready to move to the table …

Start with a colorful salad. My Romaine & Radicchio Salad with Avocado, Pomegranate & Walnuts is beautiful and delicious. Serve the salad with a basket of Savory Rosemary Biscotti.

For the main course … well, how about Roast Chicken, Lemon Roasted Salmon with Beurre Blanc or Braised Short Ribs? All three would be delicious with a side of Roasted Cauliflower and a spoonful of Whole Grain Pilaf.

Now, for dessert! For rich and delicious and chocolate, you can’t beat my Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Happy holidays and have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Tree Trimming Family Dinner Special

Is this your weekend to decorate the tree and deck the halls? If yes, I thought you might like to celebrate with a special family dinner. You’ll want to think cozy and one-pot wonder. That way you can assemble dinner and let it bubble while you decorate. Here are a few suggestions for a delicious tree trimming dinner:

When it comes to cozy, is there anything better than a nice stew. I figure you might be a little tired of turkey so I’ll skip all poultry dishes this week. (If not, then check out my recipe index.)

First thought, you might like my Brazilian-inspired Pork & Black Bean Stew with Salsa Verde. I like to serve this stew with Basmati rice.

Not interested in pork? Alright then, how about a trip to Italy with Braised Lamb with Artichokes and Mushrooms & Creamy Polenta?

Or, enjoy a taste of France with my Braised Beef Bourguignon. Serve the beef with Smashed Potatoes.

Start you dinner with a nice salad. If you haven’t had a chance to try my Kale & Radicchio Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, then by all means do. Thinking you’d like something a little simpler. How about Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad?

And for dessert? Well, maybe you’d like to give my Ginger-Orange Cheesecake. Otherwise, then I think you and your family might like my Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Icing.

Happy holiday and have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Thankful for Leftovers Special

After the feast of feasts, the refrigerator is filled with Thanksgiving leftovers. If you didn’t do it yesterday, it’s time to make turkey stock. You’ll also want to organize the rest of the leftovers. If you have room in the freezer, you won’t have to cook for a week, maybe two.

Now, you’re asking … what the heck do I do with it all? Here are a few suggestions:

There is everyone’s favorite … soup:

My Favorite Spicy Chicken (or Turkey) Noodle Soup

Curried Thai Soup with Noodles, Turkey & Vegetables

Turkey Noodle Soup with Spinach

Not feeling soupy? How about:

Leftover Turkey Stir Fry

Black Friday Enchiladas (Turkey & Black Beans Enchiladas)

Cheesy Gratin with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Bake

Poverty Casserole (Swap out the sausage with leftover turkey.)

Pumpkin Chili with Turkey & Black Beans (Replace the ground turkey with bite sized pieces of leftover turkey.)

If you love roasted vegetables, there’s a chance you made too many. Regardless of the mix – butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, beets or whatever … you can –

Whirl them into soup – use my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe as a guide. Or pile them onto crostini and top with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction. Try them in salad of Kale and Radicchio.

Any and all your roasted veggies will be delicious with Ravioli and Brown Butter, layered in Lasagna or stirred into Risotto.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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What’s Cooking this Thanksgiving? More Holiday Menus

Still not sure what to cook for Thanksgiving? We’re getting close to the final countdown and there isn’t a lot of time left to decide. I’ve got three menus that you might find helpful:

Thanksgiving Dinner at my House

New England Meets France

A Rustic Harvest Feast Italian Style

If you need a dish to bring to a potluck … I’ve put together a list of Thankgiving-ish dishes. Give one or two a try.

What’s Cooking? Thanksgiving at my House

I am very excited to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner in my new kitchen. So you ask, “What are you cooking for Thanksgiving?” Obviously, you’ve noticed, I’ve got a lot of recipes that would be pretty darn delicious for Turkey Day. How do I whittle them down for the Nye Family Thanksgiving?

It’s a juggling act. When it comes to Thanksgiving, my family can be pretty traditional. I developed a somewhat eclectic (electric for my family) while I was in Switzerland. When I moved back to New Hampshire, I had to dial it back. Slowly but surely, I’ve add a new dish or two.

So – here’s what I’ll be cooking next Thursday!

Nibbles, spreads, dips, savory biscuits and appetizers
Dad will prepare his Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce. I think I’ll cook up a small wheel of Warm Brie with Cranberry Chutney or put together a display of my favorite cheeses and add a basket of my Cheesy Pumpkin-Sage Biscuits. And finally, I’ll roast up a batch of Rosemary Cashews.

Soups
I’ve already whipped up a batch of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. I generally serve it in mugs towards the end of the cocktail hour.

Turkey& Sides
I will be roasting a Turkey, stuffing it with Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing and serving it with Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce.

For veggies and sides, I’ll be making Broccoli Purée, smashing up some Decadent Cheesy Potatoes and Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes. As an updated homage to my mom, I may make my Roasted Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions. (Mom always made creamed onions for Thanksgiving.)

Sweet Treats
My sister-in-law is bringing dessert so I’m off the hook. If I was going to bake, I would make my Pumpkin Cheesecake. If that wasn’t enough, I’d add my Rustic Apple Croustade.

And there you have it! My slowly evolving and changing Thanksgiving menu, version 2017.

Happy Thanksgiving from all the Nyes!

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What to Cook for Thanksgiving – The Long List

You might have noticed, I’ve been working on this blog for about ten years now. From tasty appetizers to delicious soups and salads, the glorious main course, the fabulous sides and decadent desserts – that’s a lot of recipes … including many, many Thanksgiving dishes…

To make it easier for you, I’ve listed some of my favorite autumnal dishes to make your feasts of feast truly special. Pick and choose whatever interests you … or wait a few days. Throughout the month, I’ll be posting menus and more tips.

Here you go!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Drinks
Dark & Stormy
Kir Royale
Hot Mulled Cider

Nibbles, spreads, dips, savory biscuits and appetizers
Roasted Almonds
Rosemary Cashews

Warm Brie with Cranberry Chutney
Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts
Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus

Chipotle Sweet Potato & White Bean Hummus
Savory Rosemary Biscotti
Gorgonzola & Walnut Shortbread with Savory Fig Jam
Crostini with Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction

Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini
Mediterranean Shrimp
Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli
Butternut Squash Tartlets
Spanish Stuffed Mushrooms

Soups
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Carrot Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup
Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup (keep this one in mind if you have a vegetarian in the group)

Salads
Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes
Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad
Butternut Squash Salad
Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad
Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms
Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad
Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad

The Turkey
Roast Turkey with My Mom’s Stuffing & Giblet Gravy
Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing
Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard

Veggies & Sides
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions
Roasted Beets with Sautéed Greens
Mashed Butternut Squash
Broccoli Purée
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions
Roasted Carrots with Pearl Onions
Roasted Parsnips
Roasted Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions
Decadent Cheesy Potatoes
Smashed or Mashed Potatoes
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Wild Rice Pilaf with Roasted Mushrooms & Kale

Sweet Treats
Apple Crumb Cake
Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Icing
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Apple Bread Pudding
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp with Cranberry Coulis
Rustic Apple Croustade
Rustic Apple Tart
Mini Tarte Tatin (Mini Upside Down Apple Pies)
Chocolate Walnut Tart
Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie
 Cranberry Clafoutis
Maple Mousse with Apple Compote
Pumpkin-Ginger Mousse
White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Ginger Shortbread
Pumpkin & Spice Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Another Rainy Weekend Special

Four large trees decided to tip over and take down power lines in my neighborhood this past Sunday night. We were plunged into cold and darkness. My street was not alone. Tens of thousands of houses in New Hampshire were in the dark. Lucky us, our power was restored mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Thousands across the state, some a mile or two down the road, have not been so lucky.

After a few days delay, work has resumed on the kitchen. The latest addition to the team is here to paint. Welcome Coleen. Bill, the electrician, is also here whittling down his punch list. If all goes as scheduled (no more power outages please), the kitchen will be all but done tomorrow.

Thank goodness. After an unseasonable warm fall, it looks like the weather has turned cold and dreary – typical November. Just before seven this morning, I went outside for my daily walk around Pleasant Lake. You could not see your hand in front of your face. It was that foggy. I guess it’s another comfort food weekend. It’s probably safe to assume that it is just one in a long string of comfort food weekends.

Why not invite a friend or neighbor without power to dinner this weekend? Need some suggestions … how about:

Get out your roasting pan. Main course, starter or hors d’oeuvres, you can never have too many roasted veggies. For an elegantly hearty start to your party, try my Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction. Or keep it simple and let your guests help themselves with my Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus.

When you are ready to head to the table, toss up a great salad with fall flavors. Roasted mushrooms are a delicious addition to tossed greens. See for yourself with my Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms.

Now for the main course. How about a Roast Chicken. (Think of it as a Thanksgiving dry run.) Serve the chicken with my Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions.

For dessert, there is nothing like a creamy pud. What could be more New England than Maple Mousse with Apple Compote .

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!!

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Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2017