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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

When I hear those words I think tons of food, friends/family, and lots of laughing. The menu this year for us includes a ham, stuffed hen, dressing, mashed patatos & gravy, green bean casserole, rolls and an apple pie. Sometimes it's hard to come up with the perfect menu for you & your guests so here are a few tips that I go by
1. keep in mind any food allergies
-http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com is a great site with recipes and tips
2. remember the number of guests & how many options you want to give them
3. its fall, so think fall flavors (personal culture can influence this)
-desserts: pumpkin, apple, sweet patato, berries, nuts
-vegitables: corn, green beans, patatos, carrot
4. common meats are turkey, ham, hen, & even German sausages. All of them can be served to give variety or pick what your guests typically have to make them feel more at home
-ham glazes: brown sugar, honey bbq, mustard, & smoked (anything fruity is typically Christmas (going back to tip 4))
5. it is important that your sides compliment your main dishes
-simple meat/ fancier sides, fancy meat/ simple side
-flavor simple sides with spices
6. try new things, mix traditional dish up by giving someone elses recipe a go
7. the type of dressing/ stuffing shouldn't be to fancy if there are going to be alot of different foods
8. remember that you won't be able to please everyone & overall your the one who will be left with the leftovers so make sure you like everything

peace, love, & flowers
Nija

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