Monday, November 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Feast with a Literary Twist {Menu}

Now that Halloween is wrapped, I am on to the next holiday around which I can wrap some culinary creativity. Every year I concoct some menu, or theme, that isn't your usual Thanksgiving fare. I'm just stubborn that way.


In 2010, we did a How the Other Half Ate meal, making Native American dishes from all around the country. Our feast included...Wild Sage Bread, Corn Soup with Venison, Marinated Quail, and a Berry-Cornmeal Cobbler.


In 2011, while R was studying the California history, we cooked a Californio Feast. Our dinner included Albondigas de Frailes, Ensalada de Pepinos, Cordonices en Almendrado, Chocolate en Agua, and Pancitos de Quinoa de Dylan.


In 2012, I created a Locally Inspired Thanksgiving where my menu included Fenneled Pumpkin Soup, Braised Lamb Shanks, Dungeness Crab Tarts, Earl Grey Poached Pear Salad, and Vanilla-Thyme Cremeux.



2013 found us celebrating Thanksgivukkah with Matzo Ball Soup with Root Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pastrami, Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latkes, Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes, Roasted Duck with Hachiya Persimmon Glaze, and Hazelnut Rugelach.



Last year we were Putting Down Roots as we had just purchased a new-to-us home. I served 
White Velvet Soup made with parsnips, Celeriac-Apple Salad and Shaved Carrot-Beet Salad, Fennel-Leek-Orange Osso Buco, Roasted Turnips with Parmesan, Butter Braised Radishes, Spiced Parsnip Cake, and Homemade Root Beer.


This year, I've been thinking about books...and lamenting that people don't read books anymore. Call me old-fashioned - and I know they have their place - but e-readers aren't the same thing and books on tape are not the same thing. There's something about turning those pages, about the way the book feels in your hand, and about the smell of the paper. Yes, I'm a book nerd. I own it and I love it!

So, here's my Thanksgiving feast with a literary twist. Most of the recipe names I found somewhere else, but I decided on a dish that would fit that recipe name. My centerpiece will includes actual books also! Recipes and wine pairing to come. Stay tuned.

I
Tequila-Drenched Grilled Quails

II
Pumpkin, Corn, and Lemongrass Soup with a Swirl of Crème Fraiche

Rye Rolls

III
Grilled Prawns with Caviar Lime

Pear the Wild Things Are
Pear-Marinated Leg of Lamb

Vermouth the Bell Tolls
Roasted Roots with Vermouth and Herb Vinaigrette

IV
Salted Caramel Quince Crumble

A Duet of Homemade Sherbet

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