A Day of Thanks

So in my infinite wisdom, I piped up and offered to host Thanksgiving at our house this year. The menu planning began, the research, the dread (I was challenged to recreate Steve’s mothers pecan pie) and the anticipation.

On the menu –

Wild rice salad with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions
Kale salad with onions, olives, sun dried tomatoes carrots and pine nuts
mashed potatoes (of course)
Tomato marmalade with caramelized leeks and onions (thank you Foodie Parent)
and our family Potato Salad (thanks to my uncle Frank)

Cedar Planked Red Stripe Bass
and for the more carnivorous group
Ham and dry rub tri-tip

Dessert included a “Mincemeat” Pie (vegetarian) and Steve’s mothers (Joan) Pecan Pie (no corn syrup)

I have to say, things went well, and we all had a great day.

Here are links to the recipes and Joan’s Pecan Pie recipe (no corn syrup)

Wild rice salad with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions – I did use butternut squash instead of pumpkin and cooked my wild rice in veggie broth
Thank you to 101 Cook Books

Kale salad with onions, olives, sun dried tomatoes carrots and pine nuts – a recipe I borrowed from
Ellwood Thompson’s natural Market 
They serve this salad on their Raw Bar and it is delicious! I did toast my pine nuts, but otherwise its a leafy kale salad with a Apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s), olive oil and lemon juice dressing, delicious!

The Tomato marmalade with caramelized leeks and onions came from Foodie Parent. I did use tomatoes that I canned this summer, just drained off some of the liquid. It worked well with the fish, and the ham (for my stepfather) and I sent some home with everyone.

As for Pies, I made 2, they were very pretty, and I forgot to take a picture! Oh well. Here is the recipe for the Vegetarian mince meat pie it’s an adapted recipe from Cooks Illustrated.

A huge Thank You to Joan, Steve’s mom, for her Pecan Pie recipe, without corn syrup. This will make 2 9″ regular pies, or 1 9″ deep dish with a little left over that you could make into a tartlette maybe.

Pecan Pie, courtesy of Joan

1 box (16 ounces brown sugar)
3 eggs
3 tbls flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups pecans ( I toasted mine before adding to the pie)

2 9″ pie crusts or 1 9″ deep dish crust

Preheat oven to 350. In a small saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and add flour, stirring to eliminate lumps and let cool (this shouldn’t come to a boil, just warm enough to melt the butter). Beat eggs with the evaporated milk. Combine milk and egg mixture with brown sugar butter mixture, stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling.
Add pecans, and pour into a pie shell(s). Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes (55 if making a deep dish). Let the pie cool completely to set.

Serve with a little fresh whip cream or vanilla ice cream.

Happy Holidays to everyone! Holiday Cookie recipes to follow soon

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