Thanksgiving Day Menu

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Okay, so I have a little secret—we planned our Thanksgiving menu so early by ACCIDENT. It happened like this: We were sitting on the couch like any other Saturday, trying to think about what we wanted for dinner. I don’t know how things go down at your house, but this is a constant discussion that is either successful or not—a lot of the time neither of us care, or we don’t have a taste for anything and it ends up being a complete bust where we order take-out way later than we anticipated. Well, of course on this day, very typically we were both at a loss as far as what we wanted for dinner.

So I grabbed this cookbook and started to flip through it. And BOOM, I saw a good Turkey recipe and then we started talking about Thanksgiving. One of us said, “Whatever we do, we have to keep it simple and try not to go over the top.” Then the other said, “Maybe we try and do some non-traditional items that incorporate all the right flavors, just with not SO many dishes.” We were really on a roll, making great progress. So we flipped through this very book, trying to find recipes that had different flavor components of Thanksgiving. And before we knew it we had a pretty solid menu. After reviewing, we thought about things that might be missing and searched the web. We also came up with an appetizer menu where almost everything could be made the night before and nothing had to be baked/cooked.

So the good news is we randomly had a great start on planning for the holiday, the bad news is we still didn’t know what we wanted for dinner! I believe this ended up being a take-out night…

Here is our Thanksgiving Day menu:
(All recipes without a link are from FOOD & WINE Annual Cookbook 2012)

Shrimp + cocktail sauce
Smoked fish dip (inspiration from one of our favorite restaurants: Son of a Gun)
Deviled eggs (I plan on doing something similar to this recipe)

Main Course:
Cider Turkey
Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Fall Salad
Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
(BONUS TURKEY: Brian is testing one on the grill as well, I hear it is smothered in bacon. Will keep you posted)

Pumpkin Pie with Cranberry Glaze

A family punch recipe (I will share this recipe later)

No matter if your cooking or not, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving spent with friends and family eating too much, laughing until you pee your pants and possibly drinking too much! I will share photos of our feast next week. I would love to see pics of your Thanksgiving…follow me on Instagram or Twitter and share your pics using the hashtag #LDLfeast


  1. michelle says

    OMG what time is dinner? You always come up with neatest stuff!

  2. nancy says

    Sounds great! I can’t wait to see pictures. Enjoy…

  3. Peter Duckler says

    What about the

  4. Hi Peter! We were going back and forth on the stuffing. We decided we had a healthy amount of carbs already…so we nixed the dish. It is a risk, because stuffing is so gooooood!



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