Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Thanksgiving Menu and My Menu Week Ending October 28th

My Thanksgiving dinner menu is always the same with some tweaking to the side dishes. But no one allows me to alter the basic menu, and I completely agree. Why change perfection.

However, for us it is the whole weekend. Relatives and friends drop in and out during the weekend. I need to plan three breakfasts, three dinners and two lunches, besides the Thanksgiving feast. And I do not want to spend the weekend cooking but visiting and enjoying the festivities. So here is my menu plan and the battle plan to accomplish the great weekend.

Wednesday November 21st

Beef Brisket
Twice Baked Potatoes
Garden Salad
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Thanksgiving Breakfast

Breakfast Casserole
Several Scones
Fruit Salad

Thanksgiving Dinner

Beautiful Turkey
Pecan Glazed Ham
Herb Stuffing with Sausage, Leeks and Mushrooms
Garlic Mashed Potato
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
Braised Carrots
English Peas

Philadelphia Cheese Cake
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie

Friday November 23rd

Breakfast - Out and shopping

Lunch - Leftovers

Dinner - Lasagna
Cesar Salad with Herb Croutons
Garlic Bread

Saturday November 24th

Breakfast- Pecan Waffles
Herb Scrambled Eggs

Lunch - Out with the Family

Dinner - White Chicken Chili
Turkey and Cranberry Panini

Sunday November 25th

Breakfast - Sausage Balls
Quiche Lorraine

Sunday Lunch - Turkey Tetrazzini
Garden Salad
Dinner Rolls

My Game Plan

Here is my list of items on my menu that can be made ahead and frozen. Now if you don't like frozen food. The key to frozen food tasting like fresh baked is the thawing and re-heating process. The items should be carefully wrapped with aluminum foil only after they have cooled, thoroughly. All the dinner items can be thawed the evening before and re-heated in a 300 degree oven at various times.

Freeze Ahead:    Twice Baked Potatoes
                             Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes
                             Garlic Mashed Potatoes
                             Broccoli Cheese Casserole
                             Pecan Pie
                             Pumpkin Pie
                             Garlic Bread
                             White Chicken Chili
                             Sausage Ball
                             Quiche Lorraine

Other items are going to be packaged together to make them easy to pull together for a meal.

Packaged together but put separately in small Ziploc bags:

Garden Salad -    Lettuce
                           Carrots shredded
                           Slivered Almonds

Breakfast Casserole items put in a basket to pull together on Wednesday                      evening.

Green Bean Casserole items put into a basket.

Waffles - dry ingredients pulled together and label with what other items I need.
Turkey Tetrazzini - Pull items together into a basket.

I keep a sheet of all the recipes put together and all the menus. My battle plan is a way for me to keep on track during the weekend. Each morning, I tackle the laundry and change it during breakfast.

Have you started planning for the Thanksgiving dinner?

Now with all the Thanksgiving planning... I need to think about this week.. I have an extra class to teach and a TV segment for a Halloween Table. I am working on costumes and cookies for the Halloween Holiday!!

So another week of delicious dinners that are easy to pull together


Spring Risotto
Garden Salad



Stuffed Pork Roast
Sautéed Green Beans


Corn Chowder


Meatloaf Sandwich


Out with Family


Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
French Bread
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing


Church Trunk and Treat

Potato Salad
Chex Mix
 Chocolate Chip Cookies

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