Watch Cooking Channel

Inviting Nature to the Table

Cannelle et Vanille Inspiration Board

When planning the same holiday year after year, how do you keep your celebration fresh and interesting while maintaining a sense of tradition? We asked our favorite bloggers and food people to share what’s inspiring their Thanksgiving planning this year. From ancestor’s recipes and falling leaves, to beautiful piles of ingredients and thoughtful home decor, there was no shortage of imagination. See what motivates some of the most creative minds we know, and then start planning your annual feast.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, as I grew up in the Basque Country, in Northern Spain. However, since I moved to the US, it has become one of my favorite holidays, in part because it brings to mind the foods that my family cooked during the autumn months and, mostly, because it means gathering around a table full of family and friends.

I am always inspired by what the season has to offer and by the colors of nature — in this case red, orange and ochre. We take walks around forests and explore. I long for the wild apple, pear and hazelnut trees that surround my hometown. We used to spend hours wandering and foraging. During autumn, there are always different varieties of apples on our kitchen table ready to be eaten, cooked with or turned into a dessert at any time. I also have a winter squash addiction, “my collection,” as my husband likes to call it. Different types of squash always end up in my recipes these days, whether it be soups, stews, desserts, warm salads or just roasted with some sea salt for an afternoon snack.

Last year I cooked an apple and squash soup over and over again. We took it with us on picnics and cooked it for our Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Served with clams on top, sautéed curry shrimp or parsnip chips, it makes a fulfilling soup — sweet and savory, just as Thanksgiving meals are.

For more Thanksgiving ideas, visit our Thanksgiving Inspiration Board Gallery.

Aran Goyoaga is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the award-winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Named second-best food blog in the world by the UK’s The Times and one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal favorites, Cannelle Et Vanille is also part of Martha Stewart’s “Martha’s Circle” of blogs.

Aran was born in Bilbao, in the Spanish side of the Basque Country, surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. She grew up in her grandparents’ pastry shop, which is still run by her family. She has always been influenced by nature, seasons and art. She combines all these aspects in her blog, narrating stories about food and life.

Thanksgiving Favorites on Cooking Channel

Tags:

Comments (2409)

  1. make your own website posted 02/18/2013

    make your own website…

  2. Crescents Regina posted 02/19/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  3. seo consultant posted 02/19/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  4. Beautytesterin.de…

    Beautyportal Beautytesterin.de Teste gratis Kosmetik…

  5. $400.00 posted 02/19/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  6. Fine Treatment posted 02/19/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  7. niche market research posted 02/19/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to surf around the online world, regularly I will just go to Stumble Upon and read and check stuff out…

  8. garsoniere militari posted 02/20/2013

    garsoniere militari…

    [...]check beneath, are some entirely unrelated internet sites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  9. escort service sydney posted 02/20/2013

    escort service sydney…

    [...]one of our visitors a short while ago advised the following website[...]…

  10. toenail fungus posted 02/20/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  11. Laptop Repair Montreal posted 02/20/2013

    Laptop Repair Montreal…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but do not get a great deal of link really like from[...]…

  12. Black dating sites posted 02/20/2013

    Black dating sites…

    Thanks for the article, is there any way I can receive an email when there is a fresh update?…

  13. Portland pest control posted 02/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  14. brush posted 02/21/2013

    brush…

    [...]Here is an excellent Blog You might Uncover Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  15. westway inn motel posted 02/21/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and found…

  16. final pope of the apocaplypse posted 02/21/2013

    final pope of the apocaplypse…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to web-sites that we link to due to the fact we feel they’re really worth visiting[...]…

  17. shin splints posted 02/21/2013

    shin splints…

  18. Motorcycle Camping Trailer posted 02/21/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  19. web designer posted 02/21/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and realized…

  20. veet wax strips for brazilian posted 02/22/2013

    veet wax strips for brazilian…

    [...]although web-sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they’re basically really worth a go by, so possess a look[...]…

  21. biker leather jackets posted 02/22/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  22. geek love posted 02/22/2013

    geek love…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless seriously really worth taking a search, whoa did a single learn about Mid East has got more problerms at the same time [...]…

  23. Hudba posted 02/22/2013

    Hudba…

    [...]we came across a cool website which you could possibly love. Take a appear in the event you want[...]…

  24. Most Ridiculous Lawsuits posted 02/22/2013

    Most Ridiculous Lawsuits…

    [...]we came across a cool website which you could enjoy. Take a search for those who want[...]…

  25. sinteco sorocaba posted 02/22/2013

    sinteco sorocaba…

    [...]we came across a cool internet site which you may well love. Take a search in case you want[...]…

  26. psoriasis treatment posted 02/23/2013

    psoriasis treatment…

    [...]The information and facts mentioned inside the write-up are a few of the top obtainable [...]…

  27. golf direct posted 02/23/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  28. plus size wedding dresses posted 02/23/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  29. Mérlegképes könyvelő tanfolyam…

    Things i have continually told people is that while looking for a good online electronics retail outlet, there are a few variables that you have to take into account. First and foremost, you need to make sure to choose a reputable as well as reliable r…

  30. zquiet posted 02/24/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  31. pepsi vs coke posted 02/24/2013

    pepsi vs coke…

    [...]that would be the end of this article. Here you will find some web pages that we feel you will value, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  32. egg whites international posted 02/24/2013

    egg whites international…

  33. Google Places posted 02/24/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  34. Good Taste posted 02/24/2013

    Good Taste…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you just might get pleasure from. Take a look for those who want[...]…

  35. contact us posted 02/24/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing amazon I found this blog in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  36. stick cricket all star slog posted 02/24/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  37. audi car lease posted 02/24/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  38. Dead Space 3 Storyline posted 02/25/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  39. Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  40. Pound saver posted 02/25/2013

    Pound saver…

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange contract between us!…

  41. webcam model job posted 02/25/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  42. lv8*poundsaver posted 02/25/2013

    lv8*poundsaver…

    It is really a great and useful piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing….

  43. animated wallpapers posted 02/25/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  44. my site posted 02/25/2013

    my site…

    [...]the time to read or stop by the content material or web sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  45. Best Windows 8 Tablet 2013 posted 02/25/2013

    Best Windows 8 Tablet 2013…

    [...]Here is an excellent Weblog You may Obtain Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  46. Roofers Minneapolis posted 02/25/2013

    Roofers Minneapolis…

    [...]The info talked about in the write-up are a number of the most beneficial out there [...]…

  47. the best tablet computer posted 02/25/2013

    the best tablet computer…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  48. medical practice marketing posted 02/25/2013

    medical practice marketing…

    [...]Here are a few of the web sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  49. divorce in Minnesota posted 02/25/2013

    divorce in Minnesota…

    I believe that avoiding highly processed foods would be the first step to help lose weight. They may taste very good, but processed foods contain very little nutritional value, making you eat more just to have enough strength to get through the day. Fo…

  50. Google Places SEO posted 02/26/2013

    Google Places SEO…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but do not get lots of link really like from[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c