It’s almost here! Thanksgiving that is! And I’m in prep mood. On the menu, I’m sharing my make-ahead gravy! I think it takes a small army of cooks to pull off a 5 day holiday as it is at StoneGable. I’m so excited to have most of my extended family together. We can make even a big holiday an even bigger event! But traditional turkey day fair and family is foremost in our mind! It’s a busy week but I’m not skipping delicious dinners! Here’s what’s on the menu this week…
I’ll be around the house all week prepping both for Thanksgiving and Christmas… although I do not like crossholidation on (a word I made up and hope you use liberally. It’s when you mix two holidays together)! But such is the life of a blogger. So I can make easy dinners and let my oven and slow cooker do the work!
I’m hungry for what’s on the menu!
Today is a Thanksgiving prelude! I’m making gravy ahead to feed a crowd on Thanksgiving Day. I’m the designated “gravy babe” as we call the gravy maker! This title has been passed down from my mother to me. But I know gravy is time consuming and a great gravy is not that easy. So I’m using a recipe I found in Cook’s Illustrated and make the gravy ahead using pan drippings from today’s recipe! I’m going to amend the gravy recipe by adding some wine and freezing it. And on the real Turkey day, I’ll add Turkey pan drippings sans grease. We take our gravy seriously. Now that I’m gravy babe and must carry on the tradition!
- ROASTED TURKEY LEGS AND THIGHS
- MASHED POTATOES- MAKE EXTRA
- ORGANIC ROASTED CARROTS
I love baking salmon in foil. It’s almost foolproof and clean up is a chiche! Today I’m having a dear friend for dinner as her husband is out of the country! He does not eat fish so I hope this is a treat for her! Thanks, Damn Delicious for this yummy recipe!
- ASIAN SALMON BAKED IN FOIL
- NANI’S SAUTEED RICE
- PERFECTLY ROASTED ASPARAGUS
- STORE BOUGHT PUMPKIN PIE ICE CREAM
On busy days my slow cooker is my best friend! Today’s scrumptious recipe comes from DINNER AT THE ZOO!
- SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF
- LEFTOVER NANI’S SAUTEED RICE
- OVEN ROASTED BROCCOLI WITH GARLIC AND RED PEPPER
THURSDAY- SOUP DAY
I’m using the best chicken noodle soup you will ever eat and making it the best turkey noodle soup you will ever eat! Using a couple extra turkey necks and leftover meat from Monday night’s dinner we will have a hearty and so delicious soup for dinner. Use the recipe and replace the 4.5 lb chicken with 4 turkey necks and the bones from Monday night’s Turkey dinner. Cook according to the recipe and add leftover shredded turkey to the pot.
- TURKEY NOODLE SOUP
I am tempted to lick this image right off the screen! Oh my isn’t this beautiful! I can actually taste it with my eyes and it makes my mouth water! A perfect chilly weather dinner from Chunky Chef.
What makes this pot pie a cheater? Its top! I use puff pastry to top off individual servings of this yummy and hearty chicken dish! I know I’ve said this before, but you really get what you pay for when you use puff pastry. Try to find frozen puff pastry made with real butter and not oil. My favorite? Wegman’s brand!
Give me a moment to compose myself… Okay! This recipe hits all my favs! Artichokes, Tex-Mex and easy!!!!!! I bet this will become a made often favorite! A big thanks, Domestic Superhero!
- SPINACH ARTICHOKE QUESADILLAS
- HOMEMADE REFRIED BEANS
- FIXINS’- SHREDDED LETTUCE, DICED TOMATOES, SOUR CREAT
TREAT OF THE WEEK…
It’s not too early to get a start on making Christmas cookies! I like to make the dough for cookies up ahead and freeze it and have it ready for baking day! My favorite cookies are these gorgeous and very very scrumptious sugar cookies. I’ll make a few for us right now and freeze the dough until later.
These are a must try cookie!
Do you have a plan for dinners? You might like to read this and get lots of ideas!
Have a scrumptious week, my friends!