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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