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Thanksgiving Sides

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 10:10 PM

We were tasked with three sides for Thanksgiving at a friend's house. Salad, mashed potatoes, and a dessert.


For the salad, I made the Pomegranate, Kale and Wild Rice Salad. We were running low on time so I skipped the optional step of lowering the bite of the dressing by cooking the shallots. MISTAKE. I am glad we were serving the dressing on the side since it was super intense. I didn't like it!

(S)Mashed Potatoes

I used a 5 lbs bag of small, waxy potatoes from Costco. All I used in them was butter (~1 stick), sour cream (~6 oz I think...half a small container), and salt. We didn't use garlic or anything since we had people who don't eat it.


We were told to be one dessert so we made a cookie tray...of two types. Each has its own post.

We actually planned a third (Lavender shortbread) but ran out of time1. It was fine though. We had more than enough.

  1. I was still getting over a cold or something and needed a nap! 

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 10:08 PM

I made lemon sugar cookies for Thanksgiving. I decided to check some of my cookbooks and found them in America's Test Kitchen. That recipe talked about how they can be finicky but their recipe was not. And it did seem pretty easy so I used theirs.

To make them Lemon Sugar Cookies, I added the zest of two lemons. I added the zest of one with the dry ingredients and then remembered that Meredith and I had discussed a different strategy. For the second lemon, I took a bit of the sugar and pressed the lemon with it in a mortar and pestle. It is impossible to know which one worked better but in the future, I will just do the mortar and pestle method. I suspect that was the main one.

The recipe said it would be a soft dough and they were not kidding! It came out super, super, super soft. I thought it was going to turn to soup. I did use room temperature cream cheese. It helped it blend better but I wonder if it would have done better with firmer.

I did follow the directions of baking them in batches. Not sure if it was needed since I used convection.

Other notes:

Cranberry Crumb Bars

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 10:07 PM

Meredith made Cranberry Crumb Bars as part of our contributrution to Thanksgiving. She use the Smitten Kitchen Recipe and I think she followed it pretty closely except she used extra orange zest.

Overall, we liked them but I do not think they will be come a staple!

All of the spices looked very pretty! Spreading the layers

Buffalo [Fake] Chicken Chili

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 07:49 PM

Meredith made what is becoming our regular Buffalo Chicken Chili exceot we used Quorn chicken peices. We like making this vegetarian. It is just so easy!

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 08:26 PM

Basically same as before. Boring but tasty!

Oatmeal Cookies

Friday, November 15, 2019, 08:28 PM

Meredith made oatmeal cookies from Bravetart. She just used the whole wheat flour option instead of oat flour. Subbed rolled oats for the steel cuts (so all rolled oats). So they were really just single oatmeal cookies.

Also raisins for craisins.

Pumpkin-Banana Bread

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 06:37 PM

Meredith made pumpin-banana bread. She followed the regular recipe except Meredith had just one banana so she subbed the pumpkin for the rest. Pecans instead of walnuts

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Roasted Gnocchi

Monday, November 11, 2019, 09:16 PM

Roasted Gnocchi with fennel as well. Left it in a bit too long since we were putting Caroline down for bed.

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