So turkey day is almost here. Ain’t such a big deal for kosher cooks – after all, we’re used to cooking 130 feasts per year, when you combine holidays and Shabbos. So what’s one more? Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving in your family, the flavors are classically fall. In my life, turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie don’t have to be reserved for the last Thursday of November, with football playing in the background.
Thanksgiving food is my hubby’s favorite and his annually requested B-day meal. It’s my mom’s favorite too. Legend has it that when she was expecting my sister, due at the end of November, she insisted that my grandparents cook their classic Thanksgiving meal for her just in case she would miss it. Like many immigrants, my grandparents embraced America and all of its freedoms with love and enthusiasm, and they made it a point to prepare a Thanksgiving feast that would rival that of any Mayflower descendant. And we all know that foodie obsessions pass from mother to daughter even quicker than dating advice. So I love everything about Thanksgiving fare. I’ll make sweet potato casseroles and pumpkin pie any time of the year, using any excuse. “You got an A on your report card? I’m going to make you a pumpkin pie!” “What a lovely summer day, I think I’ll make a pumpkin pie.” “You fell down and scraped your knee? Wouldn’t a pumpkin pie make it all better?” That’s how it goes around here. Truth be told I am the only one that really loves a good Pumpkin pie so all the excuses are just so that I can bake one for me, myself and I.
So for this season, we have a non-dairy Quick & Kosher Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmin’s. They’re all new recipes, exclusively for you. We’ll rolled ‘em out one day at a time; and I hope we were able to whet your appetite – ‘cuz that’s what we do here – this is the full, mouth-watering menu:
SOUTHWESTERN TURKEY BREAST & GREEN CHILE STUFFING
CRANBERRY MUSTARD SAUCE
SKILLET CORNBREAD WITH DRIED CRANBERRIES & SAGE
BLACK PEPPER GRAVY
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH MARSHMALLOW TOPPING
PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS & WALNUTS
PUMPKIN PIE WITH CARAMEL WHIPPED CREAM (bc it’s thanksgiving and you must have a pumpkin pie!)
Stress nisht! These are all quick prep recipes for your homemade kosher Thanksgiving meal. Now if that’s not something to be thankful for, then I don’t know what is. And just as it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to eat turkey, it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to thank G-d for all that you have: use this buzz to remember that.