Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gobble gobble

Maybe because I'm writing this in the late afternoon, and it's cold and dark outside, but it's been a long time since I've opened a cookbook that's made me as hungry as The New Thanksgiving Table: an American celebration of family, friends and food by Diane Morgan. This is actually an update of a book we already have, but come November, you can't have too many turkey recipes. Not just turkey, either....soups, appetizers, stuffings, side dishes, and desserts appear in glorious color in page after page. Here's a possible menu:
Rogue River bleu cheese wafers with celery crudites, followed by roasted chestnut soup with pumpernickel croutons. Turkey roasted with lemon, garlic and sage butter accompanied by a rich giblet gravy, stuffed with New England bread stuffing with Bell's seasoning (I can picture the colorful turkey on the bright yellow box). A few side dishes of southern-style biscuits, framboise cranberry sauce, green beans with lemon-butter bread crumbs and butter-mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with Parmesan. Finish the meal off with an Indiana persimmon pudding, cranberry-cherry crisp, and a spiced pumpkin layer cake with cream cheese frosting.
The recipes are easy to follow, and Morgan even manages to make succotash sound good (but maybe I'm just hungry). An entire chapter on Leftover Favorites is really helpful, as are the "Do Ahead" and "Cook's Note" helpers at the end of each recipe.
Toothpick, anyone?

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