|Sunday:||Use leftover crudite to make DIY Asian Noodle soup|
|Monday:||White Bean & Kale Soup|
|Tuesday:||Grilled Chicken with Thanksgiving Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Rice & Seasonal Veggie (DIY)|
|Saturday:||Orange Fennel Steamed Salmon with Roasted Winter Veggies|
|Sunday:||Veggie Pasta (DIY)|
|Monday:||Huevos Rancheros (DIY)|
|Wednesday:||Pizza Welcome Party in Palm Springs!|
|Friday:||Leftovers: Turkey Day Fixin's|
|Saturday:||Eat Out in Palm Springs and/or Backyard BBQ|
Ah, Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays...the arrival of my Thanksgiving Bon Appétit every year is practically a Henricksen holiday in it's own right. One of the reasons I love it is because we have a 5 year tradition of renting a house with friends in fun places like Paso Robles and Palm Springs. This year we're headed back to Palm Springs for a 2nd year with a crew of 13. It's the first year we have to rent two houses and we have a record high of 5 people flying in from the East Coast...so it's going to be a fun long weekend full of good friends, fun in the sun and great food.
I have to admit though, I also love Thanksgiving because I truly enjoy the challenge of planning out the meal and strategizing for how to bring it all to life in a way where I can still relax and enjoy the day with friends by the pool. The fact that I have to cart half of my kitchen and brining turkey to our destination certainly makes for an added challenge, but that just makes a successful meal all that more satisfying!
My menu for this year with links to recipes is below. I've also provided my "week-of" schedule since that's the secret to my success. Lots of cooking and prepping the week leading up to Thanksgiving so the day of it's mostly just cooking and assembling. The day of, hour-by-hour schedule is also included since timing is everything on Turkey Day! Wish me luck as I scale up to cook my largest Thanksgiving yet...and of course if you have tips and tricks of your own I would love to hear them...
This is an oldie but a goodie...I remember when Spinach & Artichoke dip was all the rage and on every restaurant menu you could find. That's when I started making this recipe. Definitely not healthy, but one of the best versions I've ever had. Yum.
|Sunday:||Ordered Pizza to celebrate Christian’s triathlon!|
|Monday:||Lemon, Shrimp & Arugula Pasta (DIY from stuff we have on hand)|
|Tuesday:||Healthy take-out from the grocery store|
|Wednesday:||Heirloom Squash Farrotto|
|Thursday:||Meet friends out for dinner|
|Saturday:||Eat Out for a friend's birthday|
So, I thought I'd share what we actually ended up eating last week as this week's menu. The only difference is that I substituted in the new recipe we're adding to last week's menu to take the place of the curry for you to try out...the Heirloom Squash Farroto. For the DIY pasta we honestly just scourged our cupboards and fridge to come up with that dish and it turned out really well!
I know this week's menu isn't super helpful since there's a lot of eating out, but take it as an excuse to get creative on your own...and of course share any success you have!
While I know I already shared my foodie itinerary for Chicago, I thought now that we are back from our trip I'd let you know what we thought and if everything on our original itinerary lived up to the hype. So first things first....WE LOVED CHICAGO! As a reminder, I hadn't been there since I was a child and Christian had never been. So it was pretty new for both of us...and to be honest we were expecting to like it, but not much more. But after a day in Chicago I was talking about wanting to move there, and I love living in San Francisco and left Massachusetts because I hated the winters...but Chicago is that cool. I honestly felt like the greatness of the city would outweigh any awfulness of the winters that I had heard about...but Christian disputed and insisted he wouldn't move to Chicago with me so I had to let it go. But really, such a clean and vibrant city with amazing architecture and waterways. If you haven't been, go. Preferably in the late spring or early fall from what I hear.
So, our foodie itinerary. How did we fare? Very well if you ask me. While we may not have made every destination on our itinerary, we made it to the important ones and let me just say, we ate extremely well while in Chicago!
|Sunday:||Potato & Portobello Mushroom Casserole|
|Monday:||Baked Flounder with Tomatoes & Basil|
|Thursday:||Pork Phanang Curry|