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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekend Cooking- Pinterest Testing Thanksgiving Recipes

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the home of my sister-in-law Brigette, who is an amazing cook. She made 15 different dishes, and all were winners. It was the tastiest Thanksgiving we have ever had.
Among the highlights were a Cooks Illustrated recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach and Bacon, Ina Garten's Roasted Turkey Roulade, Make Ahead Gravy, Homemade Cranberry Sauce and old family classics like Broccoli Casserole, Lemon Jello, Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake.

We also made a few recipes that we pulled off of Pinterest. Our cocktail was a pretty and refreshing Sparkling Cranberry Punch. We made some modifications on the second batch, adding less Sprite and more sparkling wine. You could also add some vodka for more of a kick.

Last week I made Autumn Chopped Salad from Pinterest, and it was so good we put it on the Thanksgiving menu. My sister-in-law Necole dressed up the presentation to make it as lovely as it was tasty. One of Necole's young sons had three helpings! Our one tweak was to mix the poppy seed dressing dressing and balsamic dressing together and serving it on the side so we could have the leftovers the next day. It has chopped romaine, chopped pears, bacon, feta, dried cranberries and chopped pecans, which we served on the side.

Last week I also made Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole off Pinterest, which is perfect for using leftover turkey. This was seriously one the best casseroles I have ever made (maybe it was the 2 1/2 cups of cheese?), and I ate the leftovers for lunch and dinner for the next three days.

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving and I'd love for you to share your favorite recipe you had on your Thanksgiving table this year in the comments section below.

Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole  from Picky Palate 's blog
Autumn Chopped Salad from Espresso & Cream's blog
Cranberry Surprise Punch from Elizabeth & Co.'s blog
Roasted Turkey Roulade from Ina Garten via Food Network


  1. Sounds like a delicious meal. 15 dishes I am impressed.

  2. Diane, thanks for sharing these. The Autumn Chopped Salad looks like something I need to try soon!
    We did a traditional Thanksgiving here. Scott's stuffing gets better each year, there is never enough.
    I did carmelize some brussels sprouts, which is so easy and can be done ahead.
    I cut off the stems, tossed them with some olive oil, salt, pepper and a few pats of butter. Put them in a baking dish and popped them into a 425 degree oven for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they were soft, golden brown/black and so sweet they are like candy! You can add bacon, or even some cheese at the end if you like, but we love them plain.
    Still eating leftovers here!

    1. Paula, can you believe I have never tried brussel sprouts? Glad you had a good day- your in-law comments on Facebook had me cracking up! Looking forward to the Monkees.

  3. What a successful long weekend of yummy food and drink. That chopped salad looks wonderful. So does the casserole. Well, so does everything. LOL.

    1. I wish I had taken photos of everything Brigette made; it was all so delicious.

  4. The chicken and wild rice casserole with all that cheese looks really nummy!

  5. Everything looks wonderful! I'm thinking that I really need to make that chopped salad - yum!

  6. Thanks for including that chopped salad recipe. I definitely have to make that. Looks like a great way to get my husband to vegetables and fruit. I'm also a fan of carmelizing Brussels sprout. I roasted them, leeks, and multi-color carrots and threw them in to my "Thanksgiving in a Casserole"-love the flavors. Really love your blog--nice job!

    1. Thanks Benita for your kind words. I may have to give brussel sprouts a try.

  7. Everything sounds and looks wonderful! I make a Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice SOUP with leftovers--looks almost just like your casserole but soupier. lol!

    Those cocktails look divine, by the way.