All right, it’s only nine days away — let’s get down to the business of Thanksgiving.
If you’re cooking this year and need some dish inspiration, take some from me, the girl who wishes she were cooking this year! Yes, I’m the Thanksgiving equivalent of a backseat driver — please bear with me. I have kitchen envy.
Last Thanksgiving was my first time doing all the cooking, and it turned out to be a pretty delicious meal. I made a lot more food than this, but here are some recipes I have to share!
Cranberry-Walnut Baked Brie. Cut the waxy top off of an 8-inch round of brie. Top with 3 tbsp toasted walnuts, 3 tbsp cranberries, and a couple teaspoons of thyme. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and serve with crackers.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates. Cut bacon into small pieces, wrap around pitted dates, and stuff them with cheese if you’re feeling fancy — but they don’t need it. Then pop in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, turning halfway. This unexpected combo will be the hit of the party! Seriously, you should just make these for a snack sometime if you don’t have a party to go to.
Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake & Loaded Brownies. Soften one carton Edy’s Slow-Churned vanilla and then add one cup canned pumpkin, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp ginger, and 1/8 tsp cloves. Mix and re-freeze in a springform pan. To make the loaded brownies, just add chopped walnuts and butterscotch chips to boxed brownie mix before baking. When dessert rolls around, remove the ice cream cake from the pan and serve with the brownies and top with caramel sauce.
Moving right along…last fall, I responded to a call for submissions in a new book about Thanksgiving. It was be a collection of essays with personal experiences of this true American holiday. I figured they were looking for touching, heartwarming stories about Thanksgiving and family — you know, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” kinda stuff. Well…now that you know what my family is like, you also know what holidays in my family are going to be like.
So…I wrote an essay about that.
Given that no one seems to appreciate a sense of humor when it comes to things like this, I was seriously surprised to see that my essay had been chosen and is now a part of Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America.
Since I’m mostly a Web girl, it’s very exciting to see my name in print!
And I’m glad that I can represent the families that are more “Roseanne” than “The Brady Bunch.” It always feels good to turn Crazy into Career.
Speaking of writing about the holidays, bloggers — I have a new post on Hollaback about how to make your holiday posts creative and fresh.
All right, I’m in the mood for a discussion…If you could have anyone as a guest at your Thanksgiving this year, who would it be?
My darling boyfriend has given me his horrible cold so I will be reading your ideas in bed while I try to muster up the energy to go downstairs and watch Food Network. HOLLER.