Thanksgiving Menu Sampler One


Here’s a few ideas just to get you started with this year’s Thanksgiving menu. I hope this will encourage you to try something new.  That one new recipe just might end up being a new family tradition.

So each year try to step outside the box and spread those wings.

The worse that can happen is, they’ll become one of those family stories that keep coming up, year, after year, after year, after …oh you get it, and so what…  laughter keeps the wrinkles away!  So fly girl…fly.






For Starters – Appetizers:

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip

roasted garlic bacon cheese spinach dip
Roasted Garlic and Bacon Cheesy Spinach Dip via Sallys Baking Addiction

Made with a blend of the obvious ( garlic, baconmaple-leaf1
and  spinach,) and some fresh shaved parmesan
cheese. This is one dip you can count on being a
hit with all your guests. Include some celery,
carrots and peppers, for  those who insist on counting calories on this big day, along with some crackers.   This just might be the new one to try.





crabbed stuffed mushrooms appetizer
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms                             via Culinary Hill

mapleleaf Crab Stuffed Mushrooms –   Okay, so they’ve been around for awhile…but guess what…that means they’re just about everyone’s favorite . But these little guys are filled with crabmeat, cream cheese and mozzarella which make them even more addictive! An easy do ahead recipe .





apple cider mimosa beverage
Apple Cider Mimosa   via The Cookie Rookie


Apple Cider Mimosas (with alcohol)

With just the right blend of Champagne and Apple Cider,  it’s

a lovely way to toast the holiday.





mulled cranberry punch beverage
Mulled Cranberry Punch       via BHG

Mulled Cranberry Punch  (non-alcoholic)

Made with a combination of cranberry juice and grape raspberry concentrate. Serve in your favorite punch bowl for guests to serve themselves, then stir gently with a cinnamon stick …how refreshing is this!  The punch bowl will make it easy for the children to help themselves too, to give it a try click here.



While we’re on the subject of beverages, let’s take a break and get a nice glass full of our favorite…I’ll meet you back here in 5..and then we’ll continue and be more relaxed while holiday talking (oops sorry I got back before you…that should read…while talking about the holidays).


Warm Welcome

roasted butternut squash with bacon
Roasted Butternut Squash Bacon Soup   via Damn Delicious

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup –  With just a hint of that smoky bacon flavor blended with the robust flavor of the squash, this recipe is an ideal introduction to that luscious turkey.








herb baked turkey
Savory Herb Baked Turkey         via All American Cooking

Main Course  

Savory Herb-Baked Turkey

This recipe calls for a 20 lb. turkey,  which can feed a crowd of 10-12 people.  With a nice blend of seasonings to add some zip, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Try adding some of the spices that your family enjoys the most.







a turkey pan gravy
Turkey Pan Gravy       via BHG

Turkey Pan Gravy

Turkey without the gravy ! It’s like peanut butter without jelly, french fries without ketchup……..good grief it just can’t happen !!! So here’s a recipe to avoid the crisis.





Side Dishes – This is where you can go a little crazy. Side dishes arpumpkins02e like putting an outfit together, sure add a plain blouse, necklace, jacket and earrings and you’re done.

But wait…what if you mixed a nice print blouse with a pin striped jacket and bold colored pants or skirt with a silk scarf to match and some statement earrings?  And let’s not forget some really sharp looking pumps or heels…see where I’m going with this ? So here’s just a few sides you may want to consider.



herb sausage cranberry apple stuffing
Herbed Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing   via Sallys Baking Addiction

Herb Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing,  another staple of the Thanksgiving dinner. With a gazillion ways of preparing it, it’s a struggle to decide …should I stick with the old safe method or should I go off the chart ?  This one includes some favorites like mushrooms, sage and thyme for a tasty blend of flavors. Click here to check this recipe out.



 Perfect Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls 

perfect soft fluffy dinner rolls
Perfect Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls   via Carlsbad Cravings

These yummy yeast rolls are just right for

dipping  into that extra gravy .



cranberry sauce side
Cranberry Sauce     Photo: Elise Bauer Recipe: Simply Recipes


Cranberry Sauce
Homemade fresh cranberry sauce, either you love it or hate it.  But if you’ve never tried it you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl. Try adding some spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest…but for the recipe click here.







broccoli salad
Broccoli Salad   via She Wears Many Hats


Broccoli Salad  Recipe

Served cold, this recipe has a nice refreshing unexpected zip.






the perfect mashed potatoes
  via Fav Family Recipes


Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes…what more can you say. They’re the ultimate when it comes to comfort food and make the perfect gravy boat. Check out this recipe, it has the surprise ingredient to make them even more special.




orange glazed carrots and parsnips side
Orange Glazed Carrots and Parsnips  via BHG

Orange Glazed Carrots and Parsnips 

Not only are these gorgeous and full of flavor with an unexpected twist, they’re smart too. They can cook all by themselves…okay so they go into the slow cooker…and that can save you some much needed stove space on the big day. You can find the recipe here.









Desserts (my favorite part):


the streusel pumpkin pie
Streusel Pumpkin Pie via Cooking Classy


 Streusel Pumpkin Pie 

Here’s a nice twist on the traditional

pumpkin pie.leaf4














raspberry chocolate cups dessert
Raspberry Chocolate Cups                                       via Home Cooking Adventure

Raspberry Chocolate Cups 

A totally delightful, decadent  gift for that sweet tooth, a must try.






cream cheese stuffed carrot cake and orange glaze
Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze via Carlsbad Cravings

Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze

A delicious cream cheese filling tucked inside a moist spice carrot cake…doesn’t get much better than that, check out the recipe here.











I hope these picks were helpful and the recipes got your creative juices flowing, so until the next time…

 Here’s to you and yours, enjoy! cheer-10-27-16-bests



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