At the beginning of this year, I decided I was going to read a new book every week.
Even though I had an infant.
That totally went according to plan…
But one of the fun side effects of this plan was becoming acquainted with a few new (to me) food blogs, as several of the books I purchased in my New Year’s resolution whirlwind of excitement were tales about food. One blog that I now know much better is Orangette, through the book A Homemade Life.
Although I feel like I have very little in common with Molly, I did find myself dog-earing several pages as I read…and I was so excited to make the creamy brussels sprouts she mentioned that I literally put the book down and went immediately to the grocery store. I’ve already made them twice since Thanksgiving (thank you, Molly, for the side-note about holidays being a time of indulgence), and, much like Molly, I can almost down an entire batch of these by myself. So good.
I hope you are enjoying (or soon will be) time with family and friends this Thanksgiving! For my part, we are in California with my husband’s extended family—and 35 people will be sitting down to share dinner this evening!
As you may imagine, I’ve been a little bit caught up in the frenzy of activity surrounding me. But yesterday I thought of you (in between baking 7 pies. Yes. SEVEN) and I made you some herb butter!
Fancy herb butter seems like the perfect way to add a little pizzazz to Thanksgiving (or Christmas, for that matter). It takes about 5 minutes to make, and it just adds a special touch to rolls and mashed potatoes. I especially recommend whipping up some herb butter if you are…erm, let’s call it “accepting grocery store help to get the meal on the table” (a.k.a., purchasing ready-to-serve bread, or making flaked mashed potatoes). I won’t judge you. Getting an enormous meal on the table is a huge feat, no matter how you accomplish it!
I’m just saying that herb butter will make everything on your table delightful, whether made from scratch or not.
And the best part about herb butter is that you can pull it off at the last minute! This version uses herbs that are commonly packaged together as “poultry herbs,” so you probably already have them in your house!
So I have dreams of hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house.
I love the idea of making the big meal, setting a long table, and decorating the house with festive and funky Fall items.
Except there are a few problems with this (excluding the biggest problem, which is naturally finding the space for my huge family to all sit and eat at the same time…): 1) I am a vegetarian so…turkey?…and 2) I don’t really like Thanksgiving food.
But that’s why I love imagining new ways to offer the traditional foods!
At my house growing up, we always had mashed potatoes and candied yams at Thanksgiving. If you’ve spent much time with me, you know I am rather anti-potato. I won’t get into it, except to say that if you still think potatoes count as your daily vegetables, then I think you have been deluded.
The holiday season seems like as good a time as any to put aside my potato grudge and make something delicious. Let’s view it as a splurge on the plate. I know you are not going to go through an entire Thanksgiving dinner without potatoes, so why not jazz up the boring old mashed variety and turn your potatoes into silky, creamy slices, layered high and topped with a golden, cheesy crust? Yum.