It’s less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and I haven’t really thought about my menu yet. I usually make the classics, you know, a roast turkey, cornbread sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and bacon brussels sprouts, but sometimes I add a new dish that surprises my guests. My mom wants to bring something new too, a dish with winter squash and wild rice, but somehow she can’t find wild rice in stores right now? Hmm, I say skip it and bring something that’s a classic with your spin on it. Pies are usually my area of expertise because I love to bake, and utilize some of my specialty flours that I tend to buy this time of year. Spelt, emmer, and other whole grain flours are fun to play with, and add to all-purpose flour for a nutty change, and pie fillings are pretty nice to get creative with too. I always make a pumpkin pie of some sort, followed by a pecan pie with or without chocolate added, and an apple tart, or cake. There are so many possibilities it gets me excited for Thanksgiving.
The weather this week is starting off hot here in Southern California, and making soup is far from our minds at the moment, but towards the latter part of the week things change, and it will be cooler here. So, Monday I thought maybe a tweener recipe was in store, something comforting, yet weather perfect like my Thai Chicken Meatballs. This recipe is simple to put together during the week, and super tasty because the meatballs and sauce are made with Thai flavors. Tuesday is taco night and if you haven’t tried my crispy Turkey Tacos Dorados, you don’t know what you’re missing. Corn tortillas filled with seasoned ground turkey, then fried in a pan to make dinnertime so delightfully simple. Wednesday is a hardy Beef and Sweet Potato Stew that’s made in your slow-cooker, and simmers away all day until fork tender. Thursday we’re making Spaghetti Squash Arrabbiata for pasta night. The strands of steamed squash are layered in a slightly spicy sauce for some excellent flavors. On Friday it’s cocktail time and my Pear Martini will hit the spot after a long week. Saturday’s are for baking and why not make my Pecan Pie Brownies for some sweet fall flair? Have a great week. Happy cooking.
Monday – It’s meatball night, but these meatballs have Thai inspired taste and are super simple to make.
Tuesday – These crispy taco are extraordinary on taco night because they are prepared slightly differently. First you fill them, then fry them up in a sauté pan for excellent results.
Wednesday – It’s stew night in my house, and this recipe is made in a slow-cooker, so when the work day is done, dinner is ready.
Thursday – Pasta night is done with spaghetti squash instead of noodles, and this zesty sauce doesn’t miss a beat.
Friday – It’s cocktail night! This pear martini is so smooth and it’s the perfect drink to sip by the fire.
Saturday – Nutty, chewy, chocolaty brownies all stacked into one.