Kat’s Fantasy Turkey Dinner on Pinterest

20 Nov

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Have you gotten sucked into Pinterest yet? Do you spend a lot of time on the internet? Do you bookmark sites to revisit? Did you ever wish you had bookmarked an awesome site you loved because now you can’t remember where you found it? Well, Pinterest may be the answer. Pinterest’s About page describes the app as “a virtual pinboard — a place to catalog and share the things you love. Pin anything that catches your eye: memorable meals, places to visit, or great shopping finds!”

I have friends who swear that pinning is addictive. Great! Now I have a new way to enable my ever-so-slight OCD problem. Pinterest works sort of the same way that Amazon leads me to overspend. Wow! If you like this, then you’ll like this and this and this and this! And then before you know it I have 5 or 6 books, DVDs or CDs on the same topic in my shopping cart. Pinterest, does the same kind of suggestive “selling” by showcasing what other Pinners find appealing on the web.

Don’t cha know I just had to get on the Pinterest bandwagon. My recipe bookmark folder was getting a little overwhelmed anyway. In lieu of indexing my recipe bookmarks into subcategories, I started fresh by pinning those sites on different “boards” in Pinterest. At this point, you may be thinking that I’m a sheer genius or a tish insane. Sigh! Welcome to the way my brain works.

Of course I created a board to pin all the Thanksgiving dinner recipes that caught my eye. When I look over the recipes I collected, I realize that one theme stands out. Simplicity. I am obviously under the spell of October: Unprocessed. I’m craving simple food. Healthy without a lot of added anything. Roasted to fit in with the fall season. And homemade.

If it were up to me, my Thanksgiving menu would look a lot like this:


I’m usually responsible for the olive platter appetizer. A great “grown up” starter would be Roasted butternut squash bruschetta. Mental note: plant sage next year. This is the first time I realize that sage shows up a lot in fall recipes.

Turkey and dressing:

Even though not having stuffing is a cardinal sin in my family, I would have an unstuffed fresh, not frozen, brined-at-home turkey with wild rice and mushroom dressing on the side.

It would be another sin in our family not to have gravy. Pan drippings and flour make traditional gravy super yummy but also super fattening. I would love to have an apple cider gravy on my table this year. Bonus points that it comes in at about 1/3 fewer calories.

Side dishes:

We didn’t grow up with the standard green bean casserole. It got added in years later by virtue of one of the in-laws who married into the family. We’ve never been a brussels sprouts family either but the flavor profile on this recipe cries out to me. Maybe its the balsamic vinegar. Likewise I don’t recall a lot of cooked carrots (unless they were in chicken soup) but I think roasted carrots would go well with the rest of the meal.

My one indulgence would probably be rolls and butter. I’ve never made rolls from scratch but this year I may try it.


My other indulgence would be dessert, of course. I love pumpkin cheesecake but it has to have real whipped cream like Grandma used to make.

So, there is my Pinterest Thanksgiving Day board in a nutshell. Not all of these recipes will make it to the table this year because I have to defer to family traditions (did you hear the mashed potato squadron screaming their dissent??), but a girl can dream, and pin, and plan.

If you’re on Pinterest already, follow me. If you’re not on Pinterest and would like a Pinvitation, leave a comment with your email address and I’ll invite you.

1 Comment

Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Desserts, Holiday, Side dishes, Turkey


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One response to “Kat’s Fantasy Turkey Dinner on Pinterest

  1. Mom

    November 21, 2011 at 8:58 am

    So, then leave all of the fattening food for the rest of us and just eat the turkey and veggies!!
    More for me!


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