Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, in large part because I love all the cooking. Most people dread all the cooking, but I even take Wednesday off so I can make a few “spares”, just in case something doesn’t turn out and people still leave with overstuffed bellies. I still love the holiday, despite the mandatory family squabbling. But without further delay, here is the menu I’m planning (and yes, I take help where I can):
- Chicken wings (not a Thanksgiving staple, but I love them and they seem to go over pretty well with the family). See above
- Seafood puffs (puff pastry stuffed with seafood, store bought, and I hope they’re good).
- Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Pizza Bites
- Smoked Mackerel (this can be found in most Russian food stores; ask for “skumbria”)
- Baked Asparagus with Cheese
- Shrimp with sauce
- Seafood salad
- Olivie? (a French salad, and every cook in former USSR has her/his own twist on it. This one is a maybe since I don’t like peeling potatoes or cutting cooked potatoes.) I decided not to make it this time.
- Egg salad and mushroom
- Turkey (DUH!)
- Baked potatoes (my family is averse to mashed potatoes with skins and I am averse to pealing potatoes)
- Stuffing (of the StoveTop variety. My family will accept no other.)
- I bought two pies at Sweet Pies of Door County and we’ll have that. They’re yummy, try one.
- I also bought a Russian-style dessert called Zephyr in Chocolate. I’m not exactly sure what’s in it, but it seems a marshmallow-type substance covered in dark chocolate.
Recipes and pictures for all these to follow.