There is one more week until Thanksgiving! What will you be serving? How will you be decorating your table? I am not the biggest
I love to cook for the holidays and one of my very favorite chefs is Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. I enjoy her casual, easy style and her love of local, fresh foods. I also share her
While reviewing her new book, I thought, what a wonderful cookbook and gift for those who would like to Greenify Thanksgiving.
- Focus on simplicity, quality & flavor to bring out the essence in your foods. Use the best ingredients and less equipment & kitchen gadgets.
- Shop locally and at fresh markets.
“Each ingredient has a season, and that’s generally the time it’s most flavorful. Not only is it more likely to be grown or raised locally-and ripened on the vine-it’s also likely to be fresher and less expensive."
- Fill your home with wonderful smells like of baked apples and pumpkin pie.
- Entertain simply and with beautiful flower arrangements – perhaps handpicked
- Enjoy friends and family.
Our CLB Decorating Tips:
- Bring in leaves or mini pumpkins/squash to use as place card holders, simply write your guests names on them.
- Use a mix of tea towels, china or antique tea cups for a personalized table.
- Create a centerpiece with fresh fruit or pumpkins.
- Give a donation to those less fortunate.
Here’s my Barefoot & Green menu with a few personal touches:
- Ina's Pomegranate Cosmos
- My Mom's Squash Soup which we LOVE and which happens to be similar to Ina's amazing Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple soup with Curry, scallion, cashews and banana condiments (optional)
- My sister in law's Turkey with Dried Fruit
- My favorite Mushroom Stuffing by Jacques Pepin
- Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier ( I think this is also Ina's)
- Ina's Over Roasted Vegetables: potatoes, fennel, asparagus and string beans
- Ina's Pumpkin Roulade and/or my sister in-law's Pumpkin Bread with Apple Butter