2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

We all need some 11th hour inspiration from time to time. If you’re still working out the kinks in your menu, here are some  favorite fun ideas.

What sweet little Thanksgiving Turkeys.


For starters, if you have a lot of kids in attendance, here are a few fun ideas to keep them occupied AND make some great contributions to the feasting table. As per the picture above, try making some adorable candy turkeys. Check out the video below: 


Another great idea for the youngsters: Have you ever churned your own butter? No, really. Donna demonstrates the simplest method ever, one that all the kids can take turns helping with:

Have any gluten and dairy-free/vegan  folks coming to your gathering? These Wild Rice Nests with Roasted Squash Eggs are both delicious and visually appealing.

Warm Wild Rice Salad Nests with Roasted Winter Squash Eggs

Looking for a classic side with a fresh new presentation? Try these Crispy Stuffing Scoops:

Crispy Stuffing Scoops

Looking for a dazzling approach to the star of the show, the turkey? There’s still time to put this Butterflied Turkey with Spicy Pomegranate Glaze.

Butterflied Turkey with Spicy Pomegranate Glaze

Or if you prefer to serve your turkey in another dish rather than roasted, check out this Turkey Marbella with Apricots and Olives – created for last year’s Thanksgivukkah but so, so good for any other fall event as well.

Turkey Marbella with Apricots and Olives

Donna’s Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sage is a total comfort classic.

Butternut Bread Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sage

I have such fond memories of making these Smoky Sweet Potato and Pecan Tamales with Donna a few Thanksgivings ago. Guaranteed to be a hit on any menu:

Sweet Potato and Pecan Tamales

Need some dessert inspiration that goes beyond the pumpkin, apple and pecan? Check out this Fig Tart, modeled after a Top Chef recipe:


Thanksgiving Fig Tart, inspired by Top Chef

And finally, a beloved seasonal-sweets offering – our version of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss bars, made gluten-free!

Homemade Gluten-Free Cranberry Bliss Bars

We hope you all have a truly glorious Thanksgiving feast! Let us all be truly thankful.


— posted by Anne

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