My Thanksgiving Menu & Giveaway

My Thanksgiving Menu & Giveaway

div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"I hope you all enjoyed this past week's Thanksgiving theme. /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"I have been very torn as to what to make for Thanksgiving dinner this year and I actually got a late start planning my own menu.  Should I make the same old favorites? Should I make something new? And if I make something new, do I really want to stop the family fun to take photographs before letting my guests eat? Yes, these are the questions a food blogger thinks about when making anything! So, I have decided to go with some of our old favorites, because after all, isn't Thanksgiving a time to be thankful and grateful for the people you have in your life? Well, at least that is what I'm thankful for!/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"We're having a total of 14 people this year and this is what I came up with.  The menu items highlighted have been made before here on the blog and you can find the recipe by clicking on the link.  /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //spanbr /div style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit; font-size: large;"bAppetizers/b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Stuffed Clams/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"iMade by my Mother in-law. The family loves them but you all know I won't be eating these. =)/i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Chorizo Bread/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"iThis recipe is in the book. ;)/i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Cheese and Crackers/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Stuffed Mushrooms/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"iI'm not sure which ones I'm making yet, but am leaning on a classic bread stuffing. /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit; font-size: large;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit; font-size: large;"bSoup/b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Spiced Pumpkin Soup/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Made by my IRLF Jenn from /spanba href="http://mydailyjenn-ism.blogspot.com/" style="color: #990000;" target="blank"My Daily Jenn-ism/a. /b/span/i/divdiv style="text-align: center;"ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"I can't wait to try this I may just have to snap a picture anyway! :)/span/i/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"ibr //i/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-size: large;"bPasta/b/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Ravioli with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iThis recipe is in the book too. ;)/i/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"ibbr //b/i/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-size: large;"bTossed Garden Salad/b/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-size: large;"bMain Course/b/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Lemon and Rosemary Brined Turkey/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iMy first attempt at brining a turkey..wish me luck!/i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit; font-size: large;"bSides/b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Praline Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole /span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iThis is another new recipe I'm trying with a combination of my /i/spanbr /ibspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000;"a href="http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/st-pattys-day-in-june-dijon-encrusted.html" target="blank"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000;"Crown Royal Mashed Sweet Potatoes/span/a /span/b/iispan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"and /span/ibr /ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"South Your Mouth's /spana href="http://southyourmouth.blogspot.com/2012/10/sweet-potato-praline-casserole.html" target="blank"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000;"bSweet Potato Praline Casserole/b/span/aspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;". /span/i/divdiv style="text-align: center;"ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/i/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Mashed Potatoes/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Portuguese Stuffing/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"iI'm definitely going to take a picture of this one and try to get the recipe /i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"ithis year /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"ifrom /i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"imy Mother in-law. /i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iRemember last year she was in the hospital recovering /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"if/i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"irom a fall /i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iand hip surgery so we didn't get any. /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"ibr //i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Classic Bread Stuffing/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iYes, I call it stuffing but if you want to call it dressing, go right ahead. /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000; font-family: inherit;"a href="http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/10/maple-and-sage-glazed-petite-carrots.html" target="blank"bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000;"Maple and Sage Glazed Petite Carrots/span/b/a/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"bbr //b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"Green Bean Casserole/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iThis is one of those things I HAVE to have on Thanksgiving or it's not the same. You all know I'm not a huge fan of leftovers, but this is one of those recipes that tastes even better heated up to scalding hot temperatures the next day. /i/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000; font-family: inherit;"a href="http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/10/honey-wheat-rolls.html" target="blank"bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000;"Honey Wheat Rolls/span/b/a/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"bbr //b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-size: large;"bDessert/b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Pumpkin Pie/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Apple Crumb Pie/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"iI'll be tweaking my Limoncello Cheesecake recipe that is in the cookbook/i. /span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #783f04;"bbr //b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"Do you think I have enough food? ;)/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-size: large;"bAND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!/b/span/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"I also wanted to let you know how wonderfully supportive YOU have all been to CEK this year as well. And I am completely humbled and grateful to all of you that stop by each day. To thank you, I will be doing a new giveaway./spanbr /strikespan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //span/strikestrikespan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"The winner will receive a Signed Hardcover Carrie's Experimental Kitchen Cookbook along with a Bella Rotating Waffle Maker. The contest/spanspan class="Apple-style-span"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; line-height: 18px;" will run from Friday, November 16, 2012 through Wednesday, November 21, 2012 and the winner will be randomly selected using rafflecopter.com and announced on /span/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; line-height: 18px;"Thursday, November 22, 2012. /span/strikebr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; line-height: 18px;"br //spandiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #990000; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;"bThis contest has ended. Congratulations to Kathe Burke! /b/span/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MPKbjD2c-g/UKWB9TjD7dI/AAAAAAAAE9g/b5dwGLWm83M/s1600/DSC0257.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MPKbjD2c-g/UKWB9TjD7dI/AAAAAAAAE9g/b5dwGLWm83M/s320/DSC_0257.jpg" width="214" //span/a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 21px;"bubr //u/b/span/spana class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c6b5ce2/" id="rc-c6b5ce2" rel="nofollow"a Rafflecopter giveaway/abr /div style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;"div style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; font-weight: normal;"bbr //b/span/span/b/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; font-weight: normal;"bGood Luck!/b/span/span/b/span/div/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: inherit;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"br //span/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #073763;"br //span/div

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