When having the best tasting—and fabulous looking—food at your Thanksgiving dinner is a must, here's a menu with plenty to offer discriminating guests. And, it's a menu easily divided so friends can share in the cooking and baking. Vegetarians are at home with this all-inclusive feast.
Make It Special!
- Be a copycat. Find centerpiece ideas you like in magazines or online. Take them to your favorite florist to customize for your home and dishes.
- Print the menu restaurant style on autumn-inspired stationary. Have copies guests can take home to remember your day together. Even better, send guests home with a custom booklet of the menu with recipes and wine selections!
- Put together music you enjoy, including selections that include giving thanks. Send guests home with a custom CD.
Vegetarians at the Feast
- Remember there are vegetarians and vegetarians—ovo-lacto and vegan—so ask, don't assume, you know what foods and wines work and don't work for them. They'll appreciate it.
- With some easy adaptations and substitutions—maple syrup for honey, vegetable broth for chicken broth—all the recipes in the menu, except the turkey, of course, can fit most vegetarian eating. Ask your friends for help or consult online sources.
- There are many ways to enjoy the flavors of the season. Put your creativity to good use. Praline Apple Crisp in place of Ginger Pumpkin Tart for dessert without eggs? What's to give up?
Share the Cooking
- Accept all volunteers for help!
- The appetizer, salad, chutney, desserts and wines are the logical choices for family and friends to help supply. Just make sure that the one who always arrives late isn't who brings the appetizer!
- Make two shopping lists, one for items that can be purchased up to two weeks ahead and the other for items to purchase one or two days before Thanksgiving.
- Sit down with your spouse or friend who cooks with you. Go through the Preparation Guide. Divide and conquer, including those jobs like housecleaning and setting the table.