Confession.

I am totally a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kind of holiday cook.  I finalize nothing until the day before, mostly because I am incredibly susceptible to being swept off my feet by the next best recipe to hit the blogosphere.  This, uh, “technique”, as some may call it, may leave me susceptible to being caught with flour in every crevice of my body five minutes before my mother is supposed to pick me up.  But c’est la vie.  We’re all family on Thanksgiving, right?

However.  Because I decided to allow a grocery service to deliver my groceries this year (Fresh Direct for those of you in the tri-state area. It’s similar to PeaPod for those who aren’t.), I had to make some decisions and fast.

So here it is…my (vegetarian) holiday menu!
Ginger Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce …the only repeat recipe that will grace the table. My brother actually requested it after YEARS of swearing that canned cranberry sauce was the best thing on earth.  Win.
Maple Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash and Potato Pie with Tomato, Mint and Manchego
Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread
Autumn Delight Cake
Sky-High Apple-Cranberry Pie

And here are some Thansgiving Friendly Recipes of the Past:
Appetizers/Sides
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Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Five-Spice Marshmallows 
Butternut Apple Cranberry Bake
Cranberry Chutney
Butternut Squash Puree
Slow-Roasted Beets with Buttermilk Blue Cheese, Arugula and Toasted Pecans
Orzo, Arugula and Butternut Squash Salad in a Maple-Balsamic-Coffee Vinaigrette
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley
Savory Pumpkin Knot Rolls
Savory Leek Bread Pudding
Fall Bruschetta
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Vegetarian Main Dishes
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Thai Sweet Potato and Winter Squash Pot Pie
Stuffed Kabocha with Raisins, Apples and Cheese
Carrot, Dill and White Bean Salad
Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto
Roasted Pumpkin, Wild Rice and White Bean Salad with a Ginger Sunflower Seed Dressing
Roasted Winter Squash, Apple and Spelt Berry Soup
Butternut Squash with Pepita Cilantro Vinaigrette
Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Sage
Curried Root Vegetable Stew with Dumplings

Desserts
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Apple Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing 
Pumpkin Apple Pie 
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Pecan Pie Bars
Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake
Macadamia Nut Pie
Pumpkin White Chocolate Chunk and Candied Ginger Blondies
Frozen Maple-Mousse Pie
Jelly Doughnut Muffins with Ginger-Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce Filling
Cranberry Blueberry Pie
Pumpkin Hazelnut Cookies with a Brown Sugar Glaze
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Pumpkin Pie Fudge

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And…for a crazy awesome VEGAN dessert…check out my recipe for Avocado Pistachio Creme Brulee on Marcus Samuelsson’s blog!

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55 Responses to Thanksgiving Round-Up 2011

  1. Aaaaah, this post is making me want all sorts of Thanksgiving dishes right NOW. :) Awesome round-up! Have a wonderful holiday!!

  2. Sounds like an amazing menu! Kinda wish I was going to be at your table:-)

  3. Danielle says:

    What a great roundup – I need to check out that cranberry sauce -Im a huge Thanksgiving planner and it’s the only side I haven’t decided on yet.

  4. Christina says:

    I am totally the same kind of cook…I wait to see what recipes look the best. This is my first vegetarian Thanksgiving and this post was the boost in confidence I needed to face the rest of the omnivores:)

  5. Lora says:

    This post made me second guess my own Thanksgiving menu.so many dazzling choices. Wow!

  6. hee-hee, you gotta love a post that begins with the word ‘confession’ – perfect. Marshmallows now officially remind me of you, Ms. Bruno and the crème brulée… OH. MY… it has my name all over it!!

  7. Looks great, Joanne. So many tasty options. can’t wait to see how everything turns out… because you’ll be making a feast! I couldn’t imagine making so many different dishes. :P

  8. Sam says:

    I haven’t been able to decide on bread for Thanksgiving yet. I think Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread will be it!

  9. I love how much squash appears in your recipe. And what an ingenious idea to add spice to marshmallows atop sweet potatoes!

  10. Patrick says:

    Looks soo gorgeous and delicious!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    oh my word that cake looks amazing. I want to dig into that icing right now.

  12. Megan says:

    Those maple-Dijon roasted brussels sprouts are awesome. What time is dinner?!

  13. MM says:

    Wonderful round-up–love the colors! The Fall Bruschetta really calls to me. Such a simple, unassuming name–but oh wow!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joanne!

  14. So glad the brother came around on the cranberry sauce. I might have to just stop by your place this year!

  15. bellini says:

    Even my mind is groaning under the weight of all of this delicious food!

  16. Mary says:

    That cake is gorgeous! Everything here sounds delicious. Great round-up!

  17. Delicious roundup!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Joanne!

  18. Now I’m starving, thanks a lot! It all sounds fantastic!
    Have a very happy Thanksgiving, Joanne!

  19. Simply Life says:

    can I spend the holiday at your place?

  20. Shannon says:

    sounds delicious, even again today. at least now it’s before lunch time ;)

  21. Amy says:

    Good. Lord. I am f*cking hungry now. Why can’t Thanksgiving be today? At your place…

  22. Sounds like you have an amazing menu planned out!! Can’t wait to hear how you like everything. :)

  23. Jenna says:

    Oh! What I would give to attend your Thanksgiving and share in whatever you put on the table . . . I hope your family starts being uber grateful that they have such a fantastic and innovative cook around!

  24. cookingwhims says:

    I’m starving looking at this. What an amazing lineup!

  25. Love the roundup. I’m all about the desserts!

  26. Am drooling at your fantastic dishes! Great round up….

  27. I’m not a vegetarian but with your menu, I can be one in no time. and that avocado pistachio creme brule looks divine

  28. Oh I just love all of these recipes! I am so excited to try a lot of them. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  29. brocstar says:

    That sweet potato/ marshmallow dish looks so good… yams with marshamallows are my favorite “traditional” Thanksgiving dish, but of course my mom adds tons of sugar!

  30. you are a complete show off!!! Everything looks and sounds deelish. I won’t even tell you that I haven’t started shopping yet for Thanksgiving. Lame, I know. I like a challenge!

  31. sally says:

    Yummy! I think I’m going to crash your Thanksgiving dinner!

  32. uh huh you’re going to eat all that?
    you and that skinny little body of yours?
    bitch.
    ;-)

  33. Debbie says:

    It all looks great…..love your pictures too.

  34. Erica says:

    Wonderful list,Joanne! The vegetarian menu sounds amazing….My husband would love to be there :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. Lea Ann says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Joanne. I hardly ever stray from the tradional meal. Not trying to make it easy or anything, I just like the tradition.

  36. This menu makes me wish I was in the US. For Thanksgiving. At your place.

  37. Swathi says:

    Lovely thanks giving menu ideas.

  38. teresa says:

    mmmm, can i come to your house for thanksgiving? what a gorgeous roundup!

  39. Miriam says:

    Can I come to YOUR house for the feast? Happy Thanksgiving!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  40. Pam says:

    With all of these tasty dishes – who needs meat? Happy Thanksgiving Joanne!

  41. Thanks for the delicious round-up, Joanne.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  42. Cara says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one taking charge of my holiday feast :) And I see you have a Wolfert recipe in there? Totally jealous!

  43. Barbara says:

    Great round up, Joanne. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  44. Wow, that is some line up! I am not sure where to start but the Thai sweet potato and squash pot pies is killer :)
    Wishing you an amazing holiday!

  45. What a nice round up of vegetarian recipes. Even for us who aren’t vegetarian, there’s no reason not to incorporate all these amazing creations.

  46. Emily says:

    Mmm that butternut squash dish you’re making sounds amazing! I hope you have a good holiday! Have fun. :) Eat Well.

  47. It looks like you’ll be eating well! Cheers! – Donna

  48. Michele says:

    Everything sounds delicious! Your family must love you!

  49. Please tell me you’re going to post the apple cranberry pie.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  50. tigerfish says:

    What an extensive menu! Happy Thanksgiving.
    And everything is homemade, we should all eat it! :D

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    happy thanksgiving – am sure it will be yummy – hope you make everyone love vegetarian food with your amazing dishes

  52. That Girl says:

    Even reading about your holiday prep makes my OCD flare up.

  53. Sounds like a delicious menu–can’t wait to hear how your family liked them. ;-) Happy Thanksgiving.
    ;-)

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