Friday, November 2, 2012

Want Me To Cook For You?

Can you believe it's already November?! The Starbucks on campus broke out the peppermint mochas, gingerbread lattes, and snowflake cups yesterday, it's beginning to look like the holiday season!

But before we skip right on into winter, let's not forget about my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! (okay maybe it's tied with Christmas...)

Cooking for Thanksgiving is really one of my favorite things to do. It's so comforting, fun, cozy, and exciting. Since I was about 13, I've taken the reigns on Thanksgiving dinner, and there's nothing I'd rather do this time of year than plan out menus and recipe-test all sorts of Thanksgiving treats.

Don't you want me to do this for you?! I don't have a commercial kitchen, so I can't really call this a business. But if you want me to cook you all sorts of delicious Thanksgiving dishes, we can call it a donation to my Broke Culinary School Student Fund.

Of course I'm always excited to try out new things and adapt any recipe to any dietary restriction, so make requests if there's something you've been wanting to try but don't want to have to make yourself!

Here are some things I'm thinking of making for my Thanksgiving table, although I obviously haven't narrowed down the all. I'd be happy to try out any of these (which can all easily be made dairy/gluten/nut/whatever else free) or, really, anything else for your table, too!

  • Cranberry sauce with pears and ginger
  • Cranberry sauce with orange and walnuts
  • Cranberry sauce with apple cider and cinnamon
  • Apple cider and rosemary gravy
  • Mushroom, thyme, and truffle gravy
  • Stuffing with mushrooms and walnuts
  • Stuffing with dried figs, hazelnuts, and sage
  • Stuffing with apples, chestnuts, sage, and rosemary
  • Pumpkin cornbread stuffing with sage and pecans
  • Maple-roasted sweet potatoes and pecans
  • Praline mashed sweet potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes and apples
  • Spiced roasted cauliflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Green beans with caramelized onions
  • Roasted broccoli with pine nuts
  • Garlic and herb mashed potatoes
  • Roasted pumpkin soup with savory granola
  • Chestnut soup with pecorino cheese
  • Pumpkin and black bean soup
  • Cauliflower and apple soup
  • Pumpkin Biscuits with maple walnut butter
  • Blue cheese and cranberry tartlets with walnut crust
  • Butternut squash hummus
  • Mini pumpkin cheesecakes/pumpkin pies
  • Chai spiced pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin pie thumbrint cookies
  • "Caramel" apples
  • Cinnamon white hot chocolate
(for breakfast)
  • Baked pumpkin or apple cider donuts
  • Cinnamon roll pancakes
  • Pumpkin coffee cake
  • Apple oatmeal muffins
  • Maple pumpkin muffins
  • Chai pancakes with cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin chai lattes
  • Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
What a list! I'm sure I'll come up with more by the time Thanksgiving break rolls around (only 2 more weeks!)

Again, if you'd like me to make any of these things, or any other dishes or adaptations, please let me know! You can leave a comment below, or email me at and we can work out details. If you'd rather do the cooking yourself but are intruiged by something I listed up there, let me know and I'll experiment and get a recipe posted before Thanksgiving.

Happy November!

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