It’s less than a week before Thanksgiving and I’ve finalized my menu. As I’m working this Sunday and the day before Thanksgiving, time is of the essence. My menu is apple, dried cherry and walnut salad with maple dressing, fresh ravioli (2-3 per person so they don’t fill up on pasta), roast turkey with Williams-Sonoma Apple Cider and Sage Glaze, Melissa Clark’s sweet potatoes with bourbon and brown sugar, Great Grandma Freid’s dressing (a family tradition), Brussels sprouts sautéed with pancetta. For dessert we’ll have tapioca (another tradition), pumpkin cheesecake crumble squares and a Delicious Orchards apple pie and perhaps a few mini éclairs from the Orchard.
I went to Wegmans early this morning. I think because we’re a small group this year, I’ll make a fresh turkey breast ($2.99/lb.).
By the way, on the Williams-Sonoma’s web page they’re advertising a limited time sale of up to 60% off Thanksgiving Essentials sale with 60%.
As my son-in-law isn’t a fan of turkey, I’m preparing short ribs with a recipe I picked up several years ago at Mr. Prime Old Time Butcher, in Manasquan. However, the short ribs were purchased at Costco earlier last week for only $9.99/lb. and are in the freezer. I haven’t made the recipe before, but it sounds delicious. I’ll prepare the short ribs ahead of time and then just reheat in the crock pot to save on oven space.
Delicious Orchards is open on Monday (normally they’re closed), so I’ll be one of the first ones in the door at 9 AM. I want to get my produce for Thanksgiving.
Of course, there’s a pasta course with fresh cheese ravioli from Pastosa in Manasquan. Chris, the owner, told me fresh ravioli will arrive Tuesday morning; they open at 8:30 am.
Once all the shopping is done, I have Monday and Tuesday to cook, Wednesday after work it’s setting the table and Thursday it’s popping things in the oven and finalizing last minute items. Also, in case my family arrives early and may not have had breakfast, I’ll make some waffle batter for a quick and self-serve breakfast.
Wish me luck! Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.