November 21, 2012

thankful recipes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and if you're like me you've probably volunteered to bring a dish, but haven't done anything about it.

If you're still looking for a last-minute Thanksgiving recipe, here are a few literary-inspired dishes that would go well on a Thanksgiving table.
  • Homemade applesauce: Inspired by Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, this homemade applesauce was delicious and super easy to make. It would also travel well, if that factors into your culinary decisions. I made a small batch, but you could easily throw in a few more apples to accommodate a larger group. This sauce was so tasty, I don't see how anyone would complain if it ended up on your table as a side dish?
  • Apple and goat cheese tart: Hunger Games mania hit big this year when Suzanne Collins' amazing trilogy appeared on the big screen with its first installment. Indulging in my own Hunger Games mania, I set out to make a few dishes and these tarts, inspired by the ones Peeta Mellark's family makes at their bakery, are delicious and pretty pain-free to make. They would go well as an appetizer or a dessert.
  • Pear tarts: Inspired by no book in particular, but made with leftover pears from other recipes, these were an easy recipe and would go well for breakfast or served warm with ice cream for dessert.
  • Pumpkin gingerbread trifle: From Jane Green's Promises to Keep, this recipe is literally spelled out in the book and on the author's website. This dish is a great twist for those of you who love pumpkin pie, but are tired of the same old same old. 
  • Pie crust: Last year I made green pumpkin pie based on the dish mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter. While green pumpkins are out of season, the pie crust I made was delish, and the one I use for all of my baking. So, skip past all the parts about carving a green pumpkin (or read it -- it's your call), and check out the crust. I definitely think Ma Ingalls would approve of it.
If all goes to plan, I will have a new Reading in the Kitchen posted tomorrow or Friday. It involves pumpkins, paint removal  and pie. I know. I just blew your mind.

I'm taking dessert tomorrow, and while I know I can't get around baking pumpkin and pecan pies, I have the urge to make a third dessert for the non pumpkin and pecan enthusiasts in my family.

Do any of you have suggestions? Maybe something with a little literary inspiration?

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