Ligurian Pesto with Spaghetti Recipe | Bon Appetit

(Liguria is the Province of Rome of course.)

From Bon Appetit to Epicurious to Food Network, this is the definitive recipe for Pesto & Spaghetti. So it’s mine for my list.


Ligurian Pesto with Spaghetti Recipe | Bon Appetit


I’m also fond of the idea of using penne pasta for some of the pasta sides, and since this recipe is a slight, very slight variation from the standard Ligurian pesto recipe, I include it on my banquet menu list. Both are together on the list.



Classic Basil Pesto & Penne | An Italian in my Kitchen


Hand-cut pappardelle recipe | BBC Good Food

So let me get on with the pasta. This is a bit last minute. Everyone is rather surprised to learn that there won’t be any lasagna at the banquet lists. There won’t be. There’s no time. I guess I should have started months ago and kept it a secret for something like that. I really didn’t feel motivated to try this until mid-November. I’m impulsive, what can I say.

So for pasta adjuncts to the ricotta stuffed shells and manicotti which are already en-list and that I want to keep, I will be adding, a pasta bolognese, a pasta carbonara, a pasta puttanesca and a green basil pesto pasta. I haven’t decided if it’s all going to be in spaghetti or not. But also on this list is the beef pappardelle. I’m guessing that when I ask for advice, the advice will be — all in spaghetti. I am really trying to plate pasta dishes as a side to the consumption of the main meat with a the side fillers. So the pasta is almost bread and so I’m not trying to be too featuresque with it.

So far, this is the only recipe I have to dedicate to this ambition. This is just the recipe for the hand-made pappardelle. The actual beef pappardelle recipe is below this.


Hand-cut pappardelle recipe | BBC Good Food



Beef Ragu Fresh Pappardelle | Food Network

Best Ham Recipes | Food & Wine

My general home situation, tells me that if I had to get this all together and thought I might make it true, even in a wild sense, I’d have to close up my decisions pretty soon. They’re giving me through the weekend to be on time and maybe through next week, to be okay with time.

So I have to step things up. I thought I’d have until the middle week of December about. So, that’s how far off my pragmatism is. Anyway.

So I need to put ham on our poultry menu. I want the ham to figure off the centerpiece with important intentions for sustaining all the serious side dish and appetizer offerings.

Since I’m thinking big, it’s no time to stop now, with so little time to make all the rest of the decisions for the menu close. So I’m choosing 5 of all the recipes on this list — whole hams being the target.

#3 — Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham

#4 — Smoky Glazed Ham with Red Pepper Jelly

#6 — Crispy Fresh Ham with Rum Sauce

#9 — Chile Brined Fresh Ham

#10 — Pomegranate Jalapeno Glazed Ham

I realize now I need a skosh more pasta to swallow all this savory ham. So I will add that too. But I have through the weekend.


Best Ham Recipes | Food & Wine

Here’s Every Thanksgiving Recipe You’ll Ever Need | Taste of Home

This is a list of 250 TERRIFIC Thanksgiving-Specific Recipes.

However, I am going to use them for my Christmas Banquet Menu project.

I call this my Fairy Godmother – Fairy Godfather (I think you would need both to actually complete my entire plan by now), Wish List Expansion.

I haven’t by far finished. I have been thinking of vegetables, more sides, more bread, more dessert and certainly of course, more centerpiece plate dishes — principally ham. Right now, this project is up to a large turkey and side plate smaller geese and duck.

I don’t consider it complete. It’s a fairy tale banquet surely is what I know I mean. But besides that, I gave up on trying to bring it together to realistic. So by now, I am into my expanded lists — within reason. I could see that a very large catering restaurant and banquet hall or convention site could handle my entire program quite easily.

So let’s move on.

Out of this list, I have chosen the following for my Banquet Menu.

#14 — Herbed Turkey Breast

#20 — Chunky Apple Cake

#22 — Baker’s Dozen Yeast Rolls

#30 — Glazed Sweet Potatoes

#42 — Triple Fudge Brownies

#55 — Royal Broccoli Souffle

#62 — Onion French Bread Loaves

#71 — Cheese Butter Bread

#73 — Bourbon Ham Meatballs

#82 — Bacon Collard Greens

#92 — Wild Rice Stuffing

#95 — Parmesan Risotto

#99 — Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake

#100 — Thyme Roasted Carrots

#105 — Pumpkin Harvest Beef Stew

#107 — Cranberry Brie Pinwheels

#118 — Mashed Cauliflower au Gratin

#122 — Sugar Cookies

#124 — Carmel Pecan Apple Pie

#129 — Honey Pecan Pie

#134 — Bacon & Broccoli Salad

#137 — Quick Buttermilk Cornbread

#146 — Butter Pecan Fudge

#148 — Sparkling Cider Pound Cake

#167 — Barbecue Meatballs

#169 — Dill and Chive Peas

#180 — Cheddar Cream Corn

#181 — Sweet Potato and Carrot Casserole

#184 — Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

#188 — Slower Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

#195 — Seeded Butternut Squash Bread

#212 — Cranberry Date Bars

#213 — Pumpkin Spice Cookies

#216 — Spinach Parmesan Casserole

#220 — Spiced Pickled Beets

#226 — Cherry Brandied Baked Brie

#245 — Cinnamon Sugar Apple Pie

Now I also have a few more salads to add to the former days’ salad lists. There are a total of 20 prepped salad sides for my salad a-la carte buffet when that list is finished. And rather than make another separate post, since it continues from the salad lists of yesterday and the day before, I thought I’d put that link at the bottom of this post with the list of my choice for the Banquet Menu.

There are going to be more sides of everything and more mains though, so I declare this a science fiction menu.

Herbed Turkey Breast

Here’s Every Thanksgiving Recipe You’ll Ever Need | Taste of Home


Completion of Prepped Salads List from Food & Wine Italian Salads

Italian Salads | Food & Wine

#5 — Garlicky Caesar Salad

#6 — Fennel & Red Onion Salad with Parmesan

#12 — Eggplant Caponata

#14 – Mushroom Salad with Mint

#16 — Shaved Fennel Salad with Anchovy

#17 — Antipasto Salad

#19 — Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata

#21 — Fennel and Aged Pecorino Salad

#23 — Spinach Salad with Bagna Cauda Dressing

#23 — Spring Peas and Greens with Cacio & Pepe Dressing

#25 — Lemony Chickpea Salad



Cherry and almond cake | National Trust

Cherry and almond are a classic combination and work really well in this version of a traditional sponge. Try it yourself at home and enjoy with friends and family.
— Read on

This is a second cherry almond cake. But they are different enough to serve in the same place together, so I’m also presenting this to my menu list.


Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake with Almond-Cherry-Caramel Glaze – Recipe – FineCooking

This chocolate cake concludes the Passover meal on a rich note (just as a holiday dessert should). Dried cherries and toasted almonds are folded into a caramel topping and then drizzled over the cake, giving it a crisp (think peanut brittle) topping. I don’t often use margarine, though it ensures that this cake keeps with kosher rules. Most large supermarkets carry matzo cake meal around the holidays.
— Read on

(Also on the big menu.)


Cranberry-Cherry Crumble Recipe | MyRecipes

This cranberry-cherry crumble dessert features both dried fruit and frozen (or fresh) fruit, plus a sweet and crunchy topping of oats and almonds.
— Read on

And, to prove the flavor of this awesome & delicious pie — I’m adding also a crumble version of the dessert that I found tonight. (Also for the big menu. I think that’s what I will call it now.)


15 Salads That We’d Be Happy to Eat for Dinner | Food & Wine

So I thought I would hand in the salads for the banquet menu list today.

This is a list of 17 excellent salads and since this is an immense menu with so many people in a hall, I’m going to choose to admit, my plan includes an entire buffet side of prepped salads to choose from. From this list, I chose six more intricately made salads and from a separate list, I am choosing some salads which are plainer and centered around green lettuces of different kinds; this is to make the rest of the meats and entrees more interesting on the fork delivery.

So from this list: #3 – Smoked Fish Salad with Pickled Beans and Eggs; #4 – Caesar Salad with Meatballs; #5 – Lamb Salad with Arugula and Raspberry Vinaigrette; #8 – Juicy Steak & Tomato Salad; #10 – Thai Grilled Beef Salad; #14 – Ham & Cheese on Rye Bread Salad. (This last salad sounds a little bit like a cheeseburger creation equivalent on Bob Belcher’s Specials’ Board from Bob’s Burgers — one of my favorite shows. A little humor.)


15 Salads That We’d Be Happy to Eat for Dinner | Food & Wine

Candied Pecans with Cinnamon Sugar | Boulder Locavore®

I guess people might be wondering if there are going to be desserts on my banquet menu. Yes there are. But also snacking desserts, like this.

Also on this link page are recipes for Candied Maple Pecans and Candied Spicy Pecans — so I am including all three types of candied pecans to my menu list.

(There are quite a few additions yet to be posted of all kinds of recipes.)


Candied Pecans with Cinnamon Sugar | Boulder Locavore®