Today we’re thankful. Thankful for a breath of fresh air, the beauty of a cabin getaway, and much needed margin. Margin for adventure, to see my little ones, and explore a new city. Today you’ll find me on a hike working of all my turkey, endless sides, and cozy in my favorite sweater.
One of my favorite traditional dishes on Thanksgiving is stuffing. With the crispy and nutty texture of organic wheat bread cubes, browned chicken sausage, and honeycrisp apples, it boasts classic flavors that we crave for leftovers. It’s always the first side dish to run out and we make two pans of stuffing solely to have enough leftovers. How do you create a delicious stuffing option without bread? We made a smart substitution by ditching the bread but adding quinoa. The container for this stuffing mixture? A roasted acorn squash.
Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!
As a kid I remember watching an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was an episode where Will, Carlton, and Hilary were tasked with cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for his mom. At one point the turkey was frozen another it caught on fire. Everytime I cook a turkey this episode replays in my mind. By keeping techniques simple, you’re guaranteed a moist and delicious turkey. Over the years, I’ve typically cooked things with a brine, but this year I opted to mix things up with braising technique. While cooking a whole turkey is impressive in appearance, by breaking your turkey into smaller pieces you’ll be able to flavor the meat more thoroughly, retain moisture, and cut down your cooking time.
This post would better be titled how to clean, shop, and cook for Friendsgiving in a day. As a blogger, it’s easy to come up with hosting solutions and ideas that take a long time and are incredibly creative. This Friendsgiving my life required a bit more simplicity. I started with the size. While I love the farmhouse table in our townhome, it can feel a bit tight. With the focus of Friendsgiving being the food, I wanted plenty of tablespace, so I apted to invite 3 friends to join me. The morning of the dinner, I cleaned the lower level of our house and purchased groceries. As the turkey was cooking, I set the table.
Our fall nights are long, seriously long. With daylight savings in full force and surrounded by the mountains, it gets dark at 4 o’clock in the evening. It’s the perfect time for all those home projects that you’ve been putting off as we played outside during the summer. Keep reading for 5 ways to make your home fall ready after the jump!