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The Melding of Cultures on Thanksgiving

La Tartine Gourmande Thanksgiving 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 first discovered the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving when I moved from France to the United States fifteen years ago. I had come to teach at an American university, and my friend Margaret invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her family. I still remember how cozy and warm the holiday felt to me; how the food – though different – was similar to some of the dishes my family ate while I was growing up.

I come from a rural area in Northeastern France where in these months, we grow plenty of winter squash (red kuri squash being a favorite), as well as apples, pears and root vegetables like celeriac and parsnips. Our cooking is filled with walnuts, chestnuts and mushrooms. To me, these foods are reminiscent of France in the fall.

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How to Cook a Turkey and More Family Traditions

Steamy Kitchen Thanksgiving 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.

Every year, it’s tradition that my husband, Scott deep-fries a turkey. Hello crispy skin! We’re big on veggies, too; you’re likely to see quite a few dishes on our Thanksgiving table. You really can’t go wrong with snappy green beans, shallots sautéed in nutty browned butter and toasted hazelnuts. Or maybe we could toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, bacon and garlic and roast for 20 minutes for a simple side dish. 

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Unexpected Colors for Your Thanksgiving Palette

Spoon Fork Bacon Thanksgiving 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.

When we hear the word “Thanksgiving,” a number of things come to mind: family, togetherness, feasts, just to name a few. For some people, the lucky ones, it also means stepping outside and indulging in beautiful colors that weren’t there during the summer months and which will soon disappear. These colors are easily found within typical Thanksgiving fare, so when we think about table decor, we like to offset that palette by adding in some light colors, like blues and greens. It’s a bit of an unexpected route to take your table decor, but it really makes the food look amazing because of the contrast it provides.

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Thanksgiving Traditions Get Redefined

Savory Sweet Life Thanksgiving 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.

For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has been a huge family affair.  It is a day when all of our family comes together – all 50 of us.

Typically, my aunts spend all day cooking both Korean and traditional American Thanksgiving dishes.  It is a really wonderful way to acknowledge their Korean ancestry and their children’s American upbringing. However, this Thanksgiving we are doing things a little differently. This will be the first year I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner in our new home, which we moved into in September. It will also be the first Thanksgiving we celebrate without my father, who passed away suddenly a few days after Christmas last year.

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All The Thanksgiving Classics, Plus a Few New Dishes

Not Without Salt Thanksgiving 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.

At our Thanksgiving table there are many palates to please. Year after year the offerings rarely change and that’s how they like it. Boxed stuffing, congealed cranberry sauce with the ridges from the tin can still intact and corn soggy from a quick defrost in the microwave.

By my descriptions you may think I don’t enjoy our Thanksgiving, when in fact the opposite is true. While the food may not resemble the buffet of my dreams, it’s our tradition and it satisfies in a way that no other meal can. I know just what to expect and it never disappoints. And yet I feel it is almost my duty as a passionate food lover to push tradition a bit.

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Nothing Beats Mom’s Stuffing

Crepes of Wrath Thanksgiving 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.

Thanksgiving truly embodies everything that I love about food. To be honest, it may even be the inspiration behind my passion for cooking. It’s possible that I feel this way because my birthday is always a few days before or after the big holiday, and I associate Thanksgiving with everyone getting along and gathering to enjoy a big, delicious meal. There’s really nothing better than that, and so I’m excited to be able to share my favorite Thanksgiving dishes with you.

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Taking Charge of Thanksgiving

Eat the Love Thanksgiving 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.

Years ago, through circumstances beyond our control, my partner and I missed out on having a Thanksgiving dinner. Plans had been made, then fallen through, and as we sat on my aging college-era futon, in my tiny 300-square-foot studio apartment in San Francisco, with all our friends gone for the holidays, we made a pact that from then on, Thanksgiving was to be our holiday. We would always host dinner regardless of where we were and who was available. We’ve kept that vow, hosting dinner every single year afterwards, whether it meant making a feast just for ourselves in that same tiny studio apartment (complete with all the fixings and sides) or hosting a double back-to-back feast (Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving) feeding 20+ people both nights while staying at a friend’s condo in Los Angeles.

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Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Big Girls, Small Kitchens Thanksgiving 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.

As twenty-something cooks (also known as quarter-lifers), we have the pleasure of going home for Thanksgiving. Back at our parents’, we enjoy time with family, lots and lots of food, and kitchens much bigger than the ones we have in our New York City apartments. But just because we’re not ostensibly in charge of dinner (that responsibility falls to our mothers), doesn’t mean we don’t do a little bit of “backseat driving” when it comes to the menu and the food.

At Cara’s, many of the mains are set in stone: Grandma Jane’s Chestnut Stuffing, Mom’s Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar and Cauliflower Puree. The biscuits, which, by tradition, are braided like challah, are in Cara’s domain, though. Braiding about 70 of them takes a few hours on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s all for love, right?  The desserts are where Cara’s family gets really creative: She and her sister Kate make as many desserts as they can get away with, from Chocolate Marquise to Pumpkin Bread Pudding to Apple Pie. The place cards can get even more elaborate than the sweets. One year, there were packaged homemade, iced gingersnaps in cellophane bags with guests’ names. Another year,  fabric, ribbon and place cards were tied around different sizes of pecan-filled mason jars.

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Inspired by Fall Favorites

My Cakies Thanksgiving 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.

Thanksgiving happens during my most favorite time of year: autumn. During this marvelous season, I envision lots of cuddling, comfy cardigans, leaves changing and falling, cool evenings and winter squash-infused foods; I get a warm feeling just anticipating it all.

This Thanksgiving will be extra special because we will have the blessing of our newest little one joining us. But then again, every Thanksgiving is extraordinary because there are so many blessings to be thankful for all year round. My dream this Thanksgiving is for a simple turkey with all the traditional fixings and some yummy homemade pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream. Of course, instead of regular mashed potatoes, we opt for cauliflower mashed potatoes — yum!!! Being so busy with four little ones, simple is the best way to go. Nothing fancy, just some delectable food (cooked in the healthiest way possible) and loads of being together.

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It’s All About the Side Dishes

Running with Tweezers Thanksgiving 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.

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always a very important and lavish holiday at our house: large floral centerpieces; burgundy or gold napkins fashioned in ornate rings; the turkey on a grand platter decorated with fruit and greenery. For me, this was a food event that was all about the side dishes. I was always one for skipping the roasted bird. I’ve never been a big fan of turkey or ham, instead going straight for the soup, salads and stuffing. Now that I’m grown up and hosting my own holidays and a recent convert to vegetarianism, my focus is on wonderful sides and simple decor. It’s not much different than how we cook and entertain for the everyday occasion. Being able to cook for friends and family, and share those recipes on my blog, is a gift I don’t take for granted. We do this quite often and the spirit of Thanksgiving shows up around our house every day.

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