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!)
Apple Spice Muffin Tops
Midday Tide-me-over Snack…
Cilantro Pesto & Brie served with crackers
Bloody Mary with extra olives
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
Mocha Chocolate Caramel Whirl-a-chino
Muffin Bottom & Pudding Pie made with Apple Spice Muffin Bottoms
To order Eat Like A Gilmore: http://eatlikeagilmore.com/buy
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