08 November 2012

Cooking Thanksgiving – Year Two

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

So, it’s November (wow), which means it’s time to start thinking ahead to the holidays, starting with, Thanksgiving.

Last year, my SIL and I took the baton of cooking the big meal, and it was a nerve wracking experience that ended with everyone happy and full and no major accidents. Sure, I got a burn on my arm and a cut on my hand but I had all limbs at the end of the meal!

And now, my SIL and I have started talking about Thanksgiving year two and since last year’s meal went so well, I don’t think we’ll be making a ton of adjustments!

Menu plan (so far) is:

  • Turkey (not pre-made this time!)
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Steamed green beans (with a small green bean casserole)
  • Mashed potatoes (made with real potatoes this year)
  • Stuffing

The major thing we learned last year is that we had WAY too much food. I never thought I would say that but the number of leftovers were crazy and really, we could pare it back and stick with the classics. We tossed out the rolls, cranberries and wild rice/corn dish from last year. Well, the latter isn’t totally out, yet.

I tend to go a little overboard in menu planning, making sure there is something for everyone, so most times, I overthink it and there is way too much food. So in looking at this list and adding a few appetizers on top (in case we’re running late), we should be still plenty full at the end.

When we finished cooking last year, I kept thinking, we can change things next year! Make new stuff! Try new recipes! And this year, we’re keeping it pretty simple.We are a product of routine and knowing what will be there (and thus enjoy) is not a bad thing. Change isn’t a bad thing either but sometimes, it’s nice knowing what to expect.

Now, if I can make it through this year without another new burn, I would be even happier :)

Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving?


  1. My aunt cooks every year. But I’m also a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I prefer the classics!

  2. your menu sounds great but what about dessert? my brain is always on the sweets!

  3. katelin says:

    oh that looks like a fabulous menu. i usually contribute a dish and a dessert and i have no idea what to make this year, i should probably get on that soon, ha.

  4. Andrea says:

    For the first time ever I am not traveling for the holiday. I convinced my husband to stay home, just us, for one holiday. I am so excited and cannot wait for the ham ( yes, ham not turkey – there are advantages to setting tradition aside for one holiday)!

  5. LWLH says:

    I leave the actual cooking to the hubs but I am a beast when it comes to baked goods :)

  6. Thanksgiving is my favorite :)