Thanksgiving Menu + Giveaway

November 4, 2011

Hi all, happy Friday to you!  I was on the phone with my sister yesterday planning our Thanksgiving feast and informed that for the first time in our family’s history of feasts, my brother-in-law has plans to deep fry our turkey this year. This is new to me having grown up on an oven roasted bird, but from what I’ve heard (thanks to plenty of tweets yesterday to reassure me) deep fried turkey is excellent. I’m intrigued and looking forward to it, but just might roast up another smaller bird for old times sake.

The big feast is less than three weeks away, and we’re busily assigning who’s cooking what. It’s just not Thanksgiving without turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie which requires my attire include my most stretchy pants on that day. (I can’t be alone in that.)

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menu template via must have menus

So let’s talk about food.  A gorgeous keepsake cookbook arrived in my mailbox last week celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Do you watch the Parade every year?  We always have it on while we prep the feast (yet another T day tradition).

Did you know that every single float travels from Hoboken to Manhattan through the Lincoln Tunnel the midnight before and must be able to fold up to between 6 x 12 feet to pass through it?  This I did not know.  The book tells all about the history and timeline of the parade and how 4,000 people work together to pull it off every year.

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It’s not only a keepsake and history of the famous Parade, but also a gorgeous cookbook filled with stunning images that are a collaboration of over 80 favorite holiday recipes from 13 famous chef’s that make up the Macy’s Culinary Council (including Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Wolfgang Puck and many others).

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I’m bookmarking several of the recipes inside like Crab Cakes ‘Benedict’ and Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle.  There’s also a few day-after-T-day grilled sandwich recipes that look amazing, yum!

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I’ve got two copies to giveaway this weekend, just in time to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving. Want to win one of these beautiful keepsake cookbooks?

Eligibility to win one of two keepsake Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbooks:

1. Answer this question:  Other than turkey, what’s the one recipe or tradition your Thanksgiving is incomplete without?    Leave your answer in a comment!

Giveaway ends Sunday November 6, 2011 at 8 p.m. PST.  US only.  Two winners chosen at random.  $24.95 retail value.  Macy’s is not a sponsor of this giveaway or blog.  By entering to win, you agree to this blog’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.  If you’d like to purchase the keepsake cookbook, you can do so here. Complimentary cookbook provided to me for review.

Pssst… were you one of the winners of the Decorative Pillow Giveaway from last weekend?  Winners announced here.  (If you won, check your inbox, there’s an email from me.)

That’s all folks, wishing you a lovely fall weekend !


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Winner #304 LaLa, email sent to the winner!






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556 Responses to “Thanksgiving Menu + Giveaway”

  1. Sandra says:

    Thick, creamy mashed potatoes with giblet gravy –can’t wait!!

  2. Kate says:

    I can’t live without mashed potatoes and GRAVY! Yum! I also have a strong affinity for cranberry sauce from a can. Why don’t people eat this more during the year? I’m going to have to start buying some.

  3. Carrot Souffle! So amazing! You want the recipe?

  4. Allison says:

    It’s not Thanksgiving without my mom’s southern cornbread dressing!

  5. Katie says:

    Turnips! I know they’re not super popular, but somehow Thanksgiving is not complete without them on the table (and I love them)!

  6. Hannah says:

    I’ve got to have family and stuffing! ^_^

  7. Michelle says:

    tradition.. our youngest make a thankful tree many years ago. each thanksgiving each person that arrives writes what they’re thankful for that year and hangs the paper leaf on the tree branch. it’s growing bigger and more beautiful each year.

  8. Linda says:

    I can’t wait for the stuffing! The rest of my immediate family doesn’t like it so I never make it except for Thanksgiving. Yummmmmm!

  9. Nancy says:

    We have to have corn and onion casserole…in addition to Mom’s stuffing of course!

  10. Terry Pitzer says:

    Our not-to-be-missed traditions are the breaking out of the first eggnog of the holiday season on Thanksgiving Eve as soon as soon as the last of my grown children arrive, and our annual after-diner football game. Traditions are great!

  11. judy h. says:

    Along with our turkey, we have noodles. Not just you regular noodles. It’s a fantastic, delicate noodle recipe that my great-grandma made for Thanksgiving and then my grandma made them, my Mother makes them and I have learned to make, but we always have Thanksgiving out of town, so I’ve not been called upon to do them yet. They are painstakingly made, handled like a most delicate pastry and cut evenly in perfect 1/4 in. strips. Because our family is large, my Mother starts making them in September. She will usually end up with about 15 – 20 batches in the freezer by Thanksgiving. These noodles are so heavenly, we ALL would give up any mashed potato, sweet potato or any other “gotta have” holiday food just to have our family noodles.

  12. Christy says:

    Our “Damn Yams’ have become legendary in our household. It’s a twist on candied yams but is more of a sweet potato casserole with a buttery cornflake (smashed up) topping. Mmmm, nothing like it!

  13. for me it’s not thanksgiving unless there is sweet potato pie!

  14. Rhonda says:

    Dressing….what’s Thanksgiving without dressing?!

  15. Definitely a good Eggnog ( now its Silk Nog!) and Sweet Potatoe Pie with loads of home made whipe cream!
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dotcom

  16. Debbie says:

    We have so many special dishes; my mom makes rolls and her great stuffing and I do the desserts. But the most special dessert, and the one I only make once a year at Thanksgiving, is cheesecake. It’s not solid and heavy but light and tall. Everyone loves it and it never makes it past Friday!

  17. Tracey says:

    I have always made the family pumpkin pies, my mom even waited for me to come home for the holiday to make the pies. This past year though it seems that my daughter has taken on the responsibilty for making the pumpkin pie! We like ours a little sweeter and with a little extra spice thrown in!

  18. Diane says:

    Every year we make cranberry braids… a yeast bread flavored with orange peel, filled with cranberry sauce and braided… yum.. would not be thanksgiving without it!!!

  19. Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake is our family must-have! I use the recipe in my ‘What’s Cooking In Kentucky?” cookbook.

  20. karla says:

    Thanksgiving yams with marshmallows.. yum yum yum

  21. Along with the pumpkin and cherry pies we have for dessert each year, we finish up the day by watching a Christmas movie and eating the first Christmas cookies of the season!

  22. Elizabeth Frazier says:

    The classic green bean casserole is a must with our roasted turkey!! :D

  23. kim says:

    Have to have my moms stuffing! This postbis making me super hung1ry ;)

  24. Sharon says:

    Scalloped corn (hot and bubbly with a crunchy crust) and spinach salad with my Mother’s homemade dressing. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday and I will always miss her presence in the kitchen that day.

  25. Sharon says:

    Scalloped corn (hot and bubbly with a crunchy crust) and spinach salad with my Mother’s homemade dressing. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday and I will always miss her presence in the kitchen that day.

  26. Lois says:

    There is no question….begin the baking. Sweet Potato Casserole! yummmm! the topping qualifies for dessert with pecans, butter, sugar. you can enjoy along side the bird or even or cold whipped cream aside or straight out of the pan. Heaven!

  27. Jen says:

    Stuffing! My dad’s recipe is amazing. He stuffs the turkey and it is a must have. Apples, celery, water chestnuts give it a little crunch. Also, homemade cranberry sauce is a nice complement.

  28. Carol Ann says:

    My Thanksgiving would not be complete without a trip to the beach with the family!

  29. Anne says:

    Cheesy potato bake is a must. The recipe was handed down from my mother in law and now I make two pans for every family gathering. This would make a great gift for her!

  30. My Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without my mom’s cranberry salad. This is one from probably the 60’s or 70’s and when you hear the list of ingredients, it doesn’t even sound too appealing (red jello, mayo, apples, walnuts, cranberries, etc.) but it is delicious!!!

  31. Lisa K. says:

    Our family is Korean American and so we combine western and eastern traditions. We couldn’t do without our rice and Korean BBQ in addition to our turkey and all the stuffings.

  32. Meredith says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making sweet potato pudding with my mom on Thanksgiving Eve. We are a family of procrastinators, so it always ends up happening around 11pm in our pajamas. The recipe is wonderful, but the special part is the late night conversations that we have. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything else in the world!

  33. Nicole C. says:

    Thanksgiving would not be complete without my uncle’s stuffing. It is a tradition that we make it together every year at our annual stuffing party.

  34. Catherine says:

    Dressing, in any combo. (I don’t like stuffing. :P)

  35. Bonni says:

    Your menu is an awesome touch! My family can’t go without buttered peas in a nest of warm cabbage in a whipping cream reduction. Yum!

  36. Susan says:

    We HAVE to have the cranberry sauce that comes out looking like the shape of the can! It sits in a pretty green dish sideways so all can appreciate the can shape!

  37. Stephanie@ says:

    Well my husband is partial to my corn casserole, it’s always his first request. I love cranberry relish, it really makes for a traditional thanksgiving!

  38. Grandma’s Stuffing from a freshly butchered bird raised on my sisters organic farm. It is the best stuffing and the absolute best turkey ever!!

  39. Heather says:

    STUFFING! And the staler the bread the better!

  40. The one recipe or tradition my Thanksgiving is incomplete without is YAMS!! I gotta have yams, with pineapple and brown sugar.. last year my daughter added a feta cheese recipe yam dish to our menu and I have to say it was scrumptious! So yep Yams are the must have food for Thanksgiving. Thank You, Michelle

  41. Lisa says:

    Stuffing. I could not have Thanksgiving without stuffing.

  42. Ellie says:

    My Thanksgiving would not be complete without family. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do if my in-laws didn’t rent a beach house and have us all come for a week of fun, food, kids and walks on the beach! Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday of the year because of this tradition!

  43. Anna says:

    Sweet potato casserole! I love it.
    Thanks so much, Anna, mattandanna at live dot com

  44. Claire says:

    It would have to be Spinach dip made from Knorr vegetable mix. Some members of the family have attempted to spruce it up (adding artichokes or sun dried tomatoes), or even (horrors!) make it from scratch. The riot police were called, and in the interest of a peaceful holiday, all suggestions of change were quickly dropped.

  45. Lauren says:

    Great grandmother’s mashed potato recipe, cranberry/jalapeno salsa, and smoked turkey!! YUM!

  46. cynthia riley says:

    We always start the day with delicious cinnamon-sugar coated muffins and know that dinner isn’t far away when we all wave and cheer for Santa at the end of the Macy’s Parade!

  47. My Thanksgiving isn’t complete without family! Both my parents and my husband’s parents are divorced and remarried, so it means we have even more family to visit with every holiday. It also means we are STUFFED by the end of the day on Thanksgiving (four T Days in one day!).

  48. nicole says:

    Baked macaroni and cheese – this was always one of my mother’s dishes to make every year. So rich and comforting.

  49. Tilara Monroe says:

    Here in South Carolina, families always have two types of dressing on the table for Thanksgiving, the first of course is the Cornbread / Sage dressin. The second (and my favorite) is the Oyster dressing! YUM…you can taste the history of the sea with every bite! Can’t wait!!!
    Love ya!

  50. Lizzy Friesen says:

    My whole family always gathers around the radio at noon to listen to Alice’s Restaurant play. Somehow after all these years we still laugh the whole time

  51. Tami W. says:

    One tradition we did every year at my grandmother’s was in addition to turkey, two types of stuffing, a huge tureen of mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, salad, and fresh bread we also had a huge batch of baked ravioli. My grandpa was Italian and insisted on pasta with every family get-together……..including Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m thinking of continuing that tradition this year!

  52. Morgan says:

    Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while planning our shopping trip for the next day is a big tradition for all of the women in my family.

  53. Debbie jackson says:

    the candied yams and fresh cranberry sauce

    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  54. Kelly G says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is that my husband and I host my family for dinner. It’s the only holiday that we don’t have to travel and it’s so special to welcome my family into my home for a day filled with cooking, football, and family fun.

  55. Destiny says:

    It does not truly feel like Thanksgiving until we make our Thanksgiving tree. It is the centerpiece to our table and something we all do as a family.

  56. Jenny M says:

    Before we eat we go around the table and share what we are grateful for. This is a daunting task for my large family but worthwhile. Then we eat—–my brother-in-law always makes Shrimp & Merliton casserole. This year I wil add a “new tradition” to the menu—Roasted corn grits. Yum!!

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