Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. However, I've decided that from this year on, I'll be referring to it as "Fall Harvest." Why? Well, the reasoning is that "Thanksgiving" refers to a time of thanks, despite the fact that the people originally on this continent, Native Americans, lost their land and livelihood to the people that eventually became known as Americans. (Yes, I'm one of those slightly liberal-minded people, so shun me if you must.) However, I still love the traditions behind the holiday- the importance of family, ritual and fellowship with food as the centerpiece. Food is paramount in my life (as is family, of course!) and I couldn't leave you all with empty psychological bellies! So, in the spirit of the Fall Harvest, here are three of my top recipes that I've scoped out for you:
1. Sweet Paul's Stuffing.
Vegetarians can use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock...or you can cheat, just this once. It's the holidays, after all!
2. A la Alison's Sweet potato gnocchi with Brussel sprouts and Sweet cream sauce
I went to grade school with Alison, and she's just started up this wonderful foody blog. You should all follow her! She does a fabulous job of tweaking recipes to make them her own.
3. Smitten Kitchen's Upside-down Cranberry Cake.
This is what I'll be bringing to my parents' house this holiday. I love the tart-sweetness of cranberries, and cannot get enough of them when they are in baked goods. Sometimes I feel that they are overlooked.
Let the feast begin!
Have a wonderful, loved-filled holiday.