Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Well, if you've noticed I haven't been posting to the blog this week, it's because I've been busy planning our Thanksgiving dinner. It is so hard to choose from the many delicious recipes you can find online these days. 

This year we are taking part in the cooking along with my husband's brother and sister in-law. We are taking on the challenge of preparing the turkey, so wish us luck!

Here is the rundown of what will be on our Thanksgiving table. I would love for everyone to post Thanksgiving recipes (and photos!) that have worked for them in the past or new ones that you are planning to try. Feel free to add a comment to the bottom of this post with the recipe or the link of where to find it. 

If you need a little help getting organized for Thanksgiving Day, try these great resources.

Thanksgiving Your Way e-book
Thanksgiving Printable Planners

Happy Turkey Day!

Our Thanksgiving Menu
Most of the recipes are gluten and dairy free or can be made that way with just a few substitutions

Turkey (Richardson Farms)
My Favorite Turkey Brine 
Cider-Glazed Brined Turkey with Apple Brandy Gravy
*Be sure to check out the video on carving a turkey on their blog site

Gluten-Free Cornbread and Crusty Bread Stuffing with Apples, Sausage and Pumpkin
(I can't have corn, so I may do a rice version as well)
**Check out this Fig and Pistachio Recipe as another option

Gluten-Free Rosemary Sourdough Rolls

Brussels Sprouts with Maple Buttered Pecans
Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chives (we got the idea from 24 Diner in Austin!)
Spring Salad Mix with homemade dressing
Braised Green Beans with Czech Bacon
Cranberry Orange Sauce (we'll probably pick this up from Central Market or Wheatsville)

Gluten-Free Apple Pie (love the recommendation to add the pears, or we may substitute 1/4 cup of local honey)
Gluten-Free Carrot Pie  (we use the Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Biscuit and Baking mix and substitute Mimicreme available at Wheatsville for milk)
Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe or Honey Nut & Date Pie Crust

We also have a little fresh apple cider from Bat Creeks farms that has been waiting in the freezer for Thanksgiving Day!

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Tips from Bob's Red Mill

Don't forget to check the Austin Farmers' Market this Saturday and next Wednesday for locally produce. The stalls are filled with lettuce, greens, sweet potatoes, pies (check out the ones at Serious Sourdough on Saturday's market) and breads. We plan to get most of our ingredients (including our turkey) from the market. 

If you don't feel like cooking, check out Wheatsville and Central Market for lots of gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian options as well. 

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