This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We are going to my aunt’s in New Jersey and we are so excited to see everyone. We haven’t all been together in a long time. It is actually nice to have the year off.
Just because I am not cooking the whole enchilada doesn’t mean that I am not making anything. I can’t help myself. I need to make some things to bring, it would be weird to not cook anything at all. And I really love cooking in my grandmother’s kitchen. I like using her things. She is the family baker, and has some really fun tools and vintage things hiding in her cabinets. Some of my most cherished memories of my childhood are of cooking with her and mom and my sister.
So what am I bringing?
Sugar Cookie Personalized Place Cards – This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe flavored with almond. I dipped them in cookie glaze and then piped everyone’s name on them with royal icing. I had some gold stars and they are both delicious and useful. How cute are these going to be on your Thanksgiving table?
Orange and Thyme Baked Brie – I made this for Peapod earlier this fall and I have made it many times since. It is so simple and you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. It is one of my favorite holiday appetizers. I like to serve it with apple slices and toasted baguette.
German Mulled White Wine – I make this all fall, and it is the perfect cocktail to start Thanksgiving dinner. You can simmer it on the stove and let people ladle it themselves. Or I put it in an airpot and keep a stack of mugs and bowls of garnish and get everyone out of the kitchen.
Bobbie’s Berries – It is not Thanksgiving for me unless these horseradish cranberries are on the table. I know it might sound weird, but I beg you to give it a chance. It is my most requested recipe from family and friends.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding – I really need to take an updated picture, because this one does it zero justice. I’m sharing it anyway because it needs to be on your table. This actually gets better if you make it a day or two ahead of time.
What do you like to bring when you are a Thanksgiving guest?