Just a quick post today as we are on our way to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. This is by far my favorite holiday, it’s just so simple…family, friends, food and gratitude. What can be easier than that?
In the spirit of thankfulness I wanted to share a few things that I have been feeling especially grateful for lately…
(photo courtesy of Bree Hester)
this furry little fellow, Jack, that has made his way into our home and hearts…
friends that know just the right things to say…
the health of my children, their contagious energy and creative spirits…
last, but certainly not least…all of you. Thank you for visiting, reading, commenting, sharing, emailing. I’ve met so many wonderful people since starting this blog just under a year ago, I am grateful for each and every one of you.
I’ve had a few ask what will be on our Thanksgiving table as we sit down to eat today. We are the sole vegetarians of the group so our menu is full of variety, holding a little something for everyone. The meal is a joint effort between my mom, sister-in-law and myself. Sharing duties makes the day a little less hectic, allowing us to spend more time together and less in the kitchen. As it should be.
So here is what we will be having…
Cheese plate with fresh veggies and fruit
Vegetable Pot Pie
Sweet Potato Souffle
Mixed Greens Salad
Tapioca Orange Salad
Apple Cranberry Fruit Crisp
Mmmm…I get hungry just reading it.
Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
There are a few things that come to mind for me when I think of Thanksgiving…
Gathering family and friends around the table to share a beautiful meal…
The NFL game…
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…
My mom’s sweet potato soufflé…
Pizza on Wednesday night for supper….
Yep, that’s right. Pizza. With all the cooking that goes on in preparation for the big meal on Thanksgiving Thursday the last thing I feel like doing it cooking supper on Wednesday night. So, whether we make it ourselves or have it delivered, pizza is one of our Thanksgiving traditions.
We have lots of combinations when it comes to pizza night, but this one is truly one of my favorites. The peppery flavor of arugula along with the salty, nutty parmesan are a perfect combination set atop a multigrain crust.
Your favorite pizza crust–I always have a few bags of Whole Foods multigrain pizza dough in my freezer for occasions when I’m not making my own.
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing on crust
freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
3-4 cups arugula
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Press the dough out to your desired shape and place on bottom side of pizza pan (makes for a crisper crust) or pizza stone. Brush crust with extra virgin olive oil. Place crust in oven and bake for 1-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
While crust is baking make your vinaigrette. In a mason jar or small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Toss with arugula until lightly coated.
When crust has finished baking remove from oven and immediately top with arugula and parmesan.
What are your some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?