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What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Special holiday delivery, straight from the fields of Sauvie Island Organics to my home. We’re headed over-the-river-and-through-the-woods, the in-laws having declared, “We’ll take care of the turkey; you bring the veggies!” My Thanksgiving dream-come-true! I love that I can ignore the big bird, and focus all my time and attention on the infinite possibilities of veggie sides. For some reason, I feel the need to be all-inclusive. Each and every veggie I’m picking up today is bound for the holiday table in some way, shape, or form. And even though I’m not part of the official dessert crew, pie is not something I can easily resist making. The recipes below highlight an often forgotten about but magnificent vegetable – the fresh pumpkin! Oh, plus pecan pie, which highlights absolutely no veggie at all. But once a year, that magical combination of corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla  just can’t be topped! Oh, and the turkey?  I’m sure it couldn’t be happier surrounded by this beautiful northwest bounty.

hors d’ oeuvres

beet dip with goat cheese & hazelnuts (Yotam Ottolenghi)


northwest autumn salad (Simply Classic, Seattle Junior League)


roasted butternut squash and pear soup (The Daily Green)
celery root bisque with thyme croutons (Bon Appetit)
ginger carrot soup (Food Network)

veggie sides

brown sugar glazed squash with marshmallows (Bon Appetit)
roasted squash with browned butter and sage (CI, The New Best Recipe)
roasted brussels sprouts with garlic & pancetta (Gourmet)

stuffing & potatoes (and potato-like)

challah, mushroom, and celeriac stuffing (Food 52)
wild rice and squash dressing (Sunset)
buttermilk mashed potatoes (Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa)
celery root gratin (Diane Morgan, Roots)


pumpkin pie (Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food)
silky smooth pumpkin pie (Deb Perleman, The Smitten Kitchen)
chocolate chunk & caramel pecan pie (Better Homes and Gardens)

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