November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Ins-pie-ration!

I don’t know about you guys, but my Thanksgiving menu is definitely not planned yet. In a way, this year feels like my first Thanksgiving away from home since Kickasserole in DC is not happening, and I’m missing Orphans Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh (my very favorite occasion to get mercilessly drunk, punched in the face, and ass-kicked at ping-pong). It’s shaping up to be a good holiday though, and I’ve been promised a morning of hunting (!), coffee with brandy, venison, homemade eggnog, and a spread that lasts all day long before we collapse in front of a few football games. Not the stuff of my own traditions, but I’m so grateful and excited to be included in someone else’s celebration.

Pictured: labneh tart; brown butter date tart; red potato, dijon, kale tart; caramelized garlic and goat cheeses tart 

And of course, there will be pie. Lots of pie. There aren’t any pumpkin pie fanatics in this house, which means that a list of excellent, fun pies is in the works: triple creme brie tart with red wine fig compote, goat cheese cranberry cheesecake, ooey gooey chocolate caramel tart, sweet potato buttermilk pie, and maybe a chocolate-drizzled salty caramel nut tart. Dave is threatening to teach me how to make chocolate cheesecake, and of course maple syrup abounds, so we might rustle up a maple creme pie of sorts too.

Pictured: chocolate ganache meringue tart; maple buttermilk piegoat cheese and salted caramel cheesecakesalty honey pie

If you, like me, are an artful procrastinator and have yet to nail down your menu, have a look around the ol’ archives to see if there’s anything that fits your table. There’s cheesy, savory, chocolatey, salty sweet, super sweet, and an effort to hit everything in between. If pie isn’t your thing, check out the salted caramel pumpkin roll with brandied whipped cream, the walnut and cream cheese cookie sandwiches, or, if you’re out west, these pumpkin bourbon ice cream sandwiches. There’s a supremely delicious applesauce Bundt cake with caramel glaze and some simple jammy date and fig cookies that could fit the bill. And wherever you’re celebrating this year, I wish you a magical Thanksgiving and the most bountiful, scrumptious of spreads!

1 comment:

  1. so decadent that i don't even know what half of the words in this blog post mean!