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Blog by MalibuKristi, author of the "Eat LIke a Gilmore" cookbook, for fans of Gilmore Girls

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

If you're most anywhere but the US, you're likely planning to do whatever it is you do on a normal Thursday.
But in the US - Thanksgiving is the time, during the height of Autumn, surrounded by colored leaves, crisp air and gourds galore, when families come together, reflect on blessings which have been bestowed upon them during the past year, express gratitude and celebrate life with a feast.

That's the official version. 

But sometimes, let's be honest, Thanksgiving turns into a deep-frying free-for-all in the front yard, followed by things you didn’t want to bring up…like…ever…being brought up at the holiday table, in front of everyone, including your grandfather's business associates who, thankfully, mostly speak French.…followed by lots of booze.
Here's hoping your day is more like the blessed/give thanks version - whether you're in the US or not!

We cannot control where the conversations and emotions of the day will take us. 
But we can control one vital component of the day – the food. 

It’s this time of year when I start the very fun, yet very serious, business of planning holiday menus. The way I typically approach menu-writing is the way fashion experts tell us to create outfits – layer the traditional staples with one or two “WOW” pieces.  But after a while, even this approach gets a bit predictable and tired. 

To break the pattern, this year I thought why not create a whole menu of “WOW” by going all “Gilmore”? I mean, what better year to do it? The new “A Year in the Life” episodes come the next day!  Plus, I wanted to write a menu which would pull together many of the recipes from the "Eat Like A Gilmore" cookbook - so folks who own the book can use it to "Gilmore-ize" their holiday.

So here it is:

(If you don’t have the cookbook, there is still time to order it, or, you can use store-bought items and/or look up/use/create your own recipes for each dish. And remember - there's no need to skip the rolls!)

Thanksgiving Menu

Morning of... 
Apple Spice Muffin Tops 

Midday Tide-me-over Snack… 
Cilantro Pesto & Brie served with crackers 
Bloody Mary with extra olives 

Hor d'oeuvres: 

Mushroom Caps 

Zucchini Soup 
Deep Fried Turkey 
Pancetta Chestnut Stuffing 
Pineapple Cranberry Chutney 
Macaroni & Cheese in a Jalapeño-Chipotle Cream Sauce 
Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy 
Parker House Rolls served with Homemade Butter 
Autumn Sangria 

Mocha Chocolate Caramel Whirl-a-chino 
Muffin Bottom & Pudding Pie made with Apple Spice Muffin Bottoms  


Happy Planning!



To order Eat Like A Gilmore:

Here’s where you can find the recipes for each dish in your Eat Like A Gilmore cookbook: 

Apple Spice Muffins (tops & bottoms) – page 71 
Coffee – page 5 
Cilantro Pesto – page 105 
Bloody Mary – page 25 
Mushroom Caps – page 162-163 
Martini – 19 
Zucchini Soup – page 97 
Deep-Fried Turkey – page 199 
Pancetta Chestnut Stuffing – page 175 
Pineapple Cranberry Chutney – page 107 
Macaroni & Cheese in a Jalapeno-Chipotle Cream Sauce – page 147 
Ratatouille – page 171 
Mashed Potatoes – page 173 
Mushroom Gravy – page 125 
Parker House Rolls – page 80-81 
Homemade Butter – page 109 
Autumn Sangria – page 27 
Muffin Bottom & Pudding Pie – page 215 
Mocha Chocolate Caramel Whirl-a-chino – page 8


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