2015 Thanksgiving Food Ideas

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all gearing up for friendsgivings, holiday travels, friends, family, and giving thanks. I have prepared a list of Thanksgiving Food ideas to give you all some friendly inspiration!

Side dishes

Main dishes (things besides Turkey!)

Oven Roasted Brisket!!!

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Mmm brisketttt!!! I don’t normally touch complicated meats, as I leave the complicated meat and seafood stuff to my dad when I am at home, but this was a MDW project for the both of us where we bonded over our love of cooking and excitement over BEEF. We have been talking about kobe and wagyu beef a lot lately and are excited to someday go to Japan to try real kobe beef, as the marble is incomparable to “kobe style.” Anyway, since it was MDW, we were deciding between the tri-tip or brisket cuts of beef to make. Both of us have never made brisket before but have definitely eaten it before and have heard of the famous texan beef brisket where people wait in lines for. So we went to Raley’s and the meat cutter who brought out fresh cuts was like “go for the brisket today! and here is a recipe on the sticky for you! have fun!” So we set out on this project, which turned out to be relatively easy, but you just have to be patient and give it the slow roast that it needs. Half-way through the roasting process, and after poking it a little, it didn’t seem to soften and I was afraid it was going to be tough like some people said online. So we lowered the temp and let it roast another 2 hours. WHEW did it turn out perfect. And the sauce was an amazing pair. Slow and steady wins the race!

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Standard Pizza Dough!

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Totally unhealthy post this time! Made this pizza awhile ago with homemade pizza dough and waited this long to share it. I figured since pizza is a warm, comforting food, it is perfect for any season. I do have to say that this is a wonderful homemade dough, that captures the dough-chewiness to normal pizza, like Round Table or Little Caesars. I sometimes like a little chew and dough to my pizza – it isn’t always about the NY Style ya know (although I do love it and will post on it later). Pizza dough is very easy to make – only 4 ingredients. I wish I did have a stone oven/stone pan where I can emulate more of the slight crunch on the outside and doughy on the inside texture. But this will do. And I have to say I loved it!

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Oven “Fried” Chicken!

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Mmmmm finally my 3 week long craving is satisfied! This recipe is awesomely easy and delicious and cheap. It’s a quick way to get your fried chicken fix. And it doesn’t involve any oil for frying – basically a bit healthier than restaurants. The flavor doesn’t disappoint either. Try it today! I guarantee it doesn’t disappoint!

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Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce!


My first rack of lamb!!! Crossing over to preparing more gourmet dishes this 2014!!! One of my food blogging goals this year is to prepare more meats and gourmet meals! My dad usually prepares it, but he wanted to try something new and allowed me to take hold of the rack this time! It turned out surprisingly delicious and we all finger licked it all! I love how no fork and knife is required for a rack of lamb – just good old gnawing. The chimichurri sauce really balances the strong lamb flavor and adds a good garlic and lemon spicy kick to it all. Give it a try!

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Turkey Pot Pie with Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!! I sure did – I went home and had a blast spending time with family in Lodi <3. It was a nice breath of slow paced fresh air. I sort of just didn’t do anything for a week and just forgot about everything. I baked, I cooked, I ate, I shopped, it was glorious! Although Black Friday deals weren’t as good as other years, I still managed to score a cast iron skillet for $20. For a hella good brand. I am so excited to use it when it arrives!!! I also just bought some basic clothes that wasn’t even on sale. However, I have been lurking on the Chinese website Aliexpress every night to find cheap stuff – and I mean really really cheap. I have bought 5 sweaters, 15 pieces of jewelry, boots, and skirts on it and I haven’t even spent $100 yet. It is nuts. And the shipping time isn’t as bad as everyone says – I get my stuff usually within 2-3 weeks. I think you should try it out! You might become obsessed with it like I am. And then laugh at all the US Black Friday deals and be like HAH. I can get it for cheaper directly from the source of where its made: China.
I am now back in SD with some turkey leftovers. I seriously gained 10 pounds over break. And yet I am still making food in my spare time. And it’s the holidays so there really isn’t stopping. Sighhhh! Anyway, a new discovery I made was the deliciousness of cranberry sauce with turkey everything. I have had it before, but for some reason never really became obsessed with it until this Thanksgiving. I slabbed it on everything and I really think it would be delicious slabbed onto this turkey pot pie too.

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Pad Thai!!!

Delicious delicious pad thai! My favorite thai dish!!! Despite my love for food, I don’t eat coconut and eat things if coconut milk is used sparingly. However, that all changed when I went to Portland!!! Portland has such delicious food and for so cheap. There are food carts all over the city, and cute little restaurants line each district. It is truly amazing how small town it feels, no matter where in Portland you go. Most businesses are family owned, with unique offerings from food to houseware. They have so many of these local businesses that its really hard to find a chain store around Portland. I LOVED IT. I highly recommend anyone to go- I am already thinking about my next trip to Portland! Here are some lovely fall pics from Portland!

 
So how did I begin to accept coconut milk? Well, everywhere I went, there were a bunch of restaurants that served exotic Asian cuisine. For example, Pok Pok serves bougie Thai fusion cuisine. 3-4 Thai food carts were on every block. I also craved something creamy that night my friend and I went to get Thai food at E-sam Thai in downtown. Pad thai is my usual go-to, but I opted for the Red Curry and ended up LOVING it. I think it was also because Portland people make hella good food. Their curry was exceptional and their Pad Kee Mao was phenomenal. I was blown away. We loved the thai food so much that the next day we went to the food carts and got the same thing! Hahah! Anyway, after all that curry and randomness, I really just wanted to eat thai food when I got home. Pad thai was not an exception! So here we go!

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