Thanksgivukah 2013: The Plan

On November 25, 2013

I freakin love Thanksgiving.  It’s always been my favorite holiday.  It’s that one day of the year where my family just stays home and everyone does their thing.  We put the parade on in the morning.  Listen to the local high School football game on the radio (it’s the oldest rivalry in the country).  My mom and I cook, my dad takes a nap and at some point in the afternoon we all get our costumes together for dinner.

Oh, I said costumes.

In my family Halloween just wasn’t enough to satiate our costume cravings.  So when I was about 10 years old we decided to pick arbitrary themes for our Thanksgiving dinners.  Because, why not?  It  probably sort of started as a way for my parents to keep my sister and I away from the TV all day because we’d be running out the house, trying to figure out what to wear,  but has evolved into my absolute favorite family tradition.

When I was little we did themes like “Pilgrims and Indians” but as I got older, the themes got weirder (I was picking them) and we did things like “Out of this world”, “Wild Thangs”, and “Fairy Land”.

This year, since Thanksgiving falls on the first night of Hanukkah so the theme is “Maccabees”.  

To fuse the two holidays we are swapping out the typical mashed potatoes for Potato Latkes with all the fixins.

Also, I decided that instead of serving the meal all at once, buffet style,  I wanted to make Thanksgiving in a leisurely fine dining experience and stretch the menu out to  5 courses (menu below).   This way we have time to linger and digest instead of ferociously stuffing our faces then promptly returning to the couch.

I’m also thinking that between courses we could play some dreidel games.  Loser does dishes.

Don’t worry, I will be sure to take LOTS of pics to immortalize the event and share with all of you.

What ever your traditions are I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of amazing food and great company.
happy thanksgiving 2013

 (photo taken at Stone Barns.  These are a heritage breed called Bourbon Red)

Here’s my menu…

1st course: Salad

It will be raw, it will be wintery and it will set the stage for a flavorful meal prepared with love

Fennel Cabbage Cranberry Salad
(I might swap the cabbage for radicchio and swap the blueberries with cranberries)

2nd course: Soup

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Soup with Truffle Oil

3rd course: Latkes

It’s the first day of Hanukah so we’re going to swap mashed potatoes for potato latkes!

My Grandma’s Potato Latkes

Homemade Apple & Pear Sauce

Horseradish Dill Sauce
(just add some white horseradish, to taste)

4th course: The Entré

The classic Thanksgiving meal with a few twists.  The theory is that at this point we won’t feel the need to shove our faces with ridiculous portions.


Traditional Stuffing

Roasted Carrot, Rosemary and Lemon Polenta

Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts (sans cranberries)

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

5th course: Dessert

Because every holiday meal needs to end with something seasonal and sweet.

My Mama’s Pumpkin Pie

Apple tart with a Salted Pecan Crust
(I’m going to try this, but swap citrus for apples and make the crust gluten free. Wish me luck!)


What’s on YOUR holiday menu?  How are you making this Day of Thanks special for your family?  I’d love to know!

One Response to “Thanksgivukah 2013: The Plan”

  • I would love to know your grandmother’s recipe for Latkes, knowing how I make them, is there any difference? Also, will try some of your T-day recipes. Am enjoying your blog. Happy Thankhannuka!

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