UPDATE: I had to end this giveaway a little early as I am going out of town tomorrow. Thank you to all 36 entrants! The random number generated gave me lucky number 6 and Sharon won. And her favorite part of winter?
Snow! (But I have to visit to experience it ...I am in the South.) Summer, I love the tropical flowers!
Thank you everyone and happy holidays!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. I love the whole idea of spending the day with people who are close to you and sharing food (and drink and football). As I've gotten more and more into cooking over the past few years, too, I've really enjoyed making more and more of Thanksgiving dinner from scratch. I am still very intimidated by baking bread and making stuffing seems like a lot of work, but everything else this year is homemade, about which I'm very happy! I've really enjoyed sitting on a kitchen stool in my mom's kitchen, chopping up vegetables, chatting with my mom and sister, and breathing in all the spices.
Does anyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving recipe they'd like to share? I haven't yet tasted my pumpkin pie, so I don't know how good it is, but I'm a fan of this cranberry sauce I made, which combines the traditional sauce with pineapple and chilies. I also added in pomegranate, just because we had some and, er, it matched. Actually, last year I made a very well-received cranberry sauce with wine that I loved. It's just that I wanted to try something different this year.
And I guess in general, I like to try new things in the kitchen rather than stick with something I already know is a success. Sure, I like making the same things over again sometimes, but I also think it's fun to switch it up a bit. So while we have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with the turkey, the stuffing, the sauce, the potatoes and the pie, I like to vary the approach we take with each of those recipes. For instance, this year, we brined our bird again, but included apple cider in our brine instead of just salt water. Hopefully that turns out well!
What kind of holiday chef are you? Do you tend to stick to the tried-and-true, well-loved recipes that everyone spends the whole year looking forward to? Or do you experiment and try to switch it up?
I hope those who celebrate it have a fabulous Thanksgiving! As many know, Thanksgiving is the official start of holiday buying season. I personally go to Black Friday sales every year, even though I don't celebrate Christmas. I just like the sales :-)
But for those of you who perhaps do not enjoy braving the shopping malls and the crazy drivers and the angry customers, perhaps instead you would like to do your shopping online? With an $80 gift certificate to CSN Stores? If so, enter your information in the form below and I'll enter you to win the gift certificate! This giveaway will be open until next Wednesday, December 1st. Good luck and happy holidays!