Monday, November 30, 2009

My contributions to Thanksgiving


This year one of the most discussed topics at the dinner table was our lack of a green bean casserole. Its absence, I think, pleased everyone except my grandmom, a rather strict traditionalist. And lack of tradition was somewhat of a theme of the meal. Sure there was turkey and stuffing, but most of the dishes were unique, and were pretty representative of the family member who cooked them. I think I like this. I'm always gonna want turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving, but as long as we stay rooted in tradition, I'm happy to grow from there- and I think we should.
This year I made a whole wheat panzanella salad with prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula and a sage-sherry vinaigrette.

I also made a roasted sweet potato salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, and parmesan and dressed it with a roasted garlic and rosemary aioli. - This was really delicious, I couldn't stop eating it, and the leftover aioli is great for turkey sandwiches.

Finally I made an apple pie. And that's that. Can't wait till next year.

4 comments:

Leigh said...

Good for you and your family for ommiting the green bean casserole. Where did that tradition come from anyway? I had to work on Thanksgiving, and thank the Lord we did not run out of turkey (500 lbs). We did however run out of green bean casserole!

gexx said...

I am TOTES making that sweet potato salad but w butternut squash for dinner tomorrow evening. That sounds absolutely delish!

Crystal (clstal) said...

I think the pictures make that last post - though I'd love a recipe for that s potato salad!

And I approve the lack of GBC - I'm not a fan myself. This year we made the things we want to eat - and that's the way it should be!

Erin said...

i second the request for the sweet potato salad recipe ... it looks amazing!