Our youngest child was born over two months premature. He was hospitalized in the NICU at Ochsners Hospital which is an hour and a half drive from our home. We were offered the assistance of the Ronald McDonald House for the duration of his stay in the hospital. We were able to make the daily drives back and forth, but it was comforting knowing that if needed, they were there for us. I recently made my annual trip to Dillards. I not only picked up a terrific cookbook at a bargain price of $10.00, but also helped support this wonderful organization. Let's get some ideas for your holiday dinner table!
I was excited to see that this years edition two sections. One is a Christmas cookbook and the other is year-round celebration ideas. All of the photos in my today's post are from Southern Living and the photographers names were noted when available. When I grow up, I want to be a Southern Living food photographer!
This appetizer is right up my alley. I love pepper jelly and combined with goat cheesecake on a little crust...yum!
Lately I have been craving olives. I would be happy with a serving of citrus-marinated feta and olives.
Let's check out a few side dishes and salads. Who wouldn't like to see creamy-fried corn on their Thanksgiving table? Let's all say "Yum, yum"! I am adding this to our table this year.
I love refreshing salads. A fresh pear and green bean salad with sweet and spicy pecans topped with a sorghum vinaigrette would be delicious.
My husband will not eat cornbread dressing...I know, he doesn't know what he is missing! I must always make sure that mashed potatoes are a part of our holiday dinner table. Southern Living offers a buttermilk mashed potato recipe with five twists ranging from smoky sweet potato bake to bacon and blue cheese bake. Trust me, plain ole mashed potatoes is all the Mr. Still Woods will eat!
My boys and I love roasted vegetables. How about cranberry-roasted winter vegetables this year? What a beautiful display for your table!
We always have turkey as well as ham at our Thanksgiving table. Southern Living always offers a variety of ways to prepare meats. I am not one to cook with bourbon and would probably subsitute with a meat stock, but this turkey apple bourbon turkey looks delish!
If you are having a small gathering, fig and balsamic glazed quail would be wonderful. The quail can be substituted with cornish hens.
Another option is a nice roasted chicken. This one is complimented with sweet potatoes and apples.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for dessert! Often, I am so full from dinner that I can barely eat dessert. What a terrific time for Bosc pear dumplings. These look so good!
A tiramisu layer cake is a show stopper. Three layers of cake soaked in coffee syrup and topped with mascarpone frosting would tempt anyone!
For the chocolate lovers, a peppermint-hot chocolate cake will be appreciated. I think this would also make a wonderful addition to your Christmas dinner table.
A pumpkin-pecan cheesecake topped with praline topping and glazed pecans is a must. Doesn't this dessert make you wish you could grab the piece through the computer?
I hope I have given you some ideas for your Thanksgiving table. Please head down to your local Dillards and support Ronald McDonald Houses and their fabulous work with a purchase of a fabulous cookbook. I have looked at mine over and over. Stop back by because I will be sharing brunch ideas from this years cookbook in a few days.
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse