Desserts

Recipe: Your Complete Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving dinner menus will help you plan a fabulous meal. Build your menu around your traditional favourites or try a new Thanksgiving recipe, having a plan will make your meal prepping run smoothly. 

Question: Where do I begin?

Create Your Menu

Hosting Thanksgiving means you need a plan, and that means a menu. I want you to start planning now, go through your recipes, do a quick head count of how many people are going to attend. Next, start building a list of dishes you plan to make and then eliminate 1/2 of the list. You don’t need hassle back potatoes and mashed potatoes - pick one.

As the host you will always think you don’t have enough food. I’ve always said I would rather have more than not enough, I don’t want my guests to leave hungry. 

I guarantee your guests will only take a bit of each dish so no need for 2 pounds of peas and mushrooms. 

ONE WEEK Prior To The Event

Gather all your serving dishes; or make a list of all the dishes you need for that day and where to find them in your home. If you are missing something it gives you enough time to borrow or pick it up. You don’t want to be scrambling the day of when you have guests over.

Create your checklist; of tasks to be accomplished prior to your event and input them as events in your calendar.

Grocery Shopping; Create 2 grocery lists: 5 days before the meal buy Turkey (if buying frozen) and non-non-perishables, and 3 days before the meal for perishable items and any last minute things you need.

Question: How long does it take to defrost a Turkey? 

For every 5 pounds the turkey will take 24 hours to defrost in the refrigerator.

Example: A 20 pound frozen turkey will need 4 days of thawing in the refrigerator

Question: When should I buy a fresh Turkey?

If buying fresh, purchase your Turkey the day prior to the event.


TWO DAYS Prior To The Event Date

Prepare as much as you can before the big day.

Make your cranberry sauce and cut veggies. wash trim and halve Brussels sprouts, peel and slice carrots, snap green beans, celery, etc. Make salad dressings and wash and dry lettuce/greens for salad.

ONE DAY Prior To The Event

Peel, wash and cut potatoes into cubes. Soak in cold water, cover and place in the refrigerator over night. This eliminates some of the starch in the potatoes and crisp up nicely in the oven or place them in a slow cooker the day of and make mashed potatoes.

Prep your Turkey (step by step instructions below)

Set your table, take out your serving dishes, prepare your stuffing. You can also make your mashed potatoes and reheat them in the slow cooker/crock pot the day of. If you are roasting veggies you can cook them the night before and heat through just before you are serving the meal.

Question: Can I make dessert in advance?

Bake your pies the night before and refrigerate overnight. On the day of, remove the pie from the refrigerator, place on the counter to bring the pie to room temperature. Place the room temperature pie in the oven on low and heat through while you are enjoying your meal.

  • Frozen - ready in an hour, bake while you are having lunch or dinner. hot fresh out of the oven. top with ice cream

  • If you prefer homemade. Make the pie dough and roll out into pie plates 1 week before and freeze them.

  • A few cheats: Williams Sonoma has pre-made stuffing, add your liquid and it’s done. They also have pecan pie filling in a jar. Buy the ready made small tartlet crust from the grocery store and scoop the filing into each one and bake.

 

How long does it take to cook a Turkey?

Cooking times can vary

Calculate 13 minutes cooking time per pound would be a good estimate. Let me break it down a bit more, It should take a 14 lb. turkey 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook.

Question: How do I cook a Turkey?

 Prep your turkey the night before

There is always an ongoing debate “do you wash raw meat” and when preparing your Turkey i’ll leave that up to you. I don’t and this is why; washing the turkey can contaminate your kitchen, the water can spray on your back splash, all over your sink. Cooking the Turkey to the right temperature will kill any bacteria that may be lingering in your turkey - you can’t wash that away.

To brine or not to brine? There are people who stand strongly on both sides of this question. So if you brine your turkey go ahead, but for me I don’t bother with the extra step. I get great tasting and moist turkey without.

Stuffing or no Stuffing? I can take it or leave it, I’m not big on stuffing but I do make it in a separate dish. I find the Turkey cooks faster without the stuffing but the stuffing is not as moist as it would be if it were in the turkey. So for this I say do as you want.


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Recipe: Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

I haven’t herd of Neiman Marcus Cookies until I stumbled across a recipe online and boy am I happy I did! Let me start by saying this recipes is not a KC original recipe and I haven’t the slightest idea as to where it originated, but this recipe developer was a genius! 

This cookie is decadent with a crunch factor yet soft and chewy with loads of texture, and the semi sweet chocolate takes the whole experience to the next level of cookie perfection! 

This buttery sweet cookie extravaganza is the perfect Friday Treat. Heck add it to Saturday’s breakfast table, take it to go while running errands. No judgment here. Eat it all day every day. Don’t worry about running out of cookies because this recipe makes 4 dozen cookies! 

Whoot! Whoot! (Cue Marching Band) 

I don’t think I’ve been this excited since I discovered you could sip your coffee through a Tim Tam

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Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

SERVINGS: 4 dozen 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unsalted butter

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

24 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli 60% cacao)

8 ounces Hershey's chocolate bars, broken into chunks

3 cups very roughly chopped walnuts, pecans, or a combination

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until lightened in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon. Add the oats and stir to combine. Then stir in the chocolate chips, Hershey's bars, and nuts.

  3. To bake, preheat the oven to 375°F. Using your hands or a couple of spoons, form the batter into loose, golf-ball-sized mounds. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for six to nine minutes, until tops are just golden and cookies are still soft. On the off chance there are any cookies left once they're cool enough to handle, cool them completely on racks before storing in an airtight container for up to a couple of days.

TIP: To freeze dough balls, place in the freezer on parchment-lined baking sheets until solid, then bag by the dozen, save for up to a month. Add one to two minutes to the cooking time when baking from frozen.

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Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Today on Kelly and Company we talked about the post holiday aftermath left in our pantries and refrigerators. Dealing with the plethora of odds and ends of food occupying prime real estate in our refrigerators. Sharing with you a few ideas and recipes ….

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Recipe: Baked Panettone French Toast with Orange Maple Butter

Recipe: Baked Panettone French Toast with Orange Maple Butter

Panettone, a delicious, buttery, sweet Italian bread filled with raisins, and candied orange. Why not turn this sweet treat into an easy and perfect holiday breakfast with Baked Panettone French Toast with Orange Maple Butter.

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Recipe: Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse

Slip this recipe into your Christmas breakfast menu this year. I promise you will not be disappointed. GREEK YOGURT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE! 

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Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies

Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies

No show? No problem! Today I thought I would share one of my personal favorites. Pecan Snowball Cookies!

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Rants: Dessert in the City

Rants: Dessert in the City

THIS is how I treat myself! Devouring these light and airy Eclairs from NUGATEAU are how I want to spend every Saturday.

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