Best Thanksgiving Pies (Recipes for All 80 Ideas!) | Taste of Home

I have been working diligently on my blog site since October 1st. I remember paying attention to a never-ending stream of days. I’m not sure if I even missed a single day in that time and so far, if I did miss any days, I think it couldn’t have been more than one or two, if that.

So I have just finished my Big Menu (Banquet Menu) Plan and the holiday is on its way and I’m thinking that, after today, I will be taking off a week until December 1st.

Now I love my blog and working on it, so much that, I doubt I will be able to keep my promise, but I have things going on during the week besides the holidays and the days passing, so I’m thinking it’s better just to keep the blog in check until December 1st, as I’ve said. But I still don’t know if I might check in during the week for a stopover. I might. But nothing special. Unless it’s something special. But if I’m not here, you know not to expect me then. (Until December 1st.)

Caramel Nut Tart

Best Thanksgiving Pies (Recipes for All 80 Ideas!) | Taste of Home


55 Lamb Recipes, from Chops to Roasts to Kebabs | Bon Appétit

Well I knew that Boston Cream Pie would be a lucky addition. It looks like my menu research is at end. I had a last few minute things I wanted — especially plain vegetable table sides — actually I wanted them almost just exactly how you get them out of the Asian diners, but I also wanted a few extras, like baked beans and pan baked Fava beans. Then I wanted to amplify the meats with some lamb and pork chops to pull off a tray and possibly also braised chicken parts to pull from a tray and fried fish to pull of a tray. The rest of the meats (and fish) should just be pull from the tray. Everything else is there for you. I omitted flatbreads thinking there are already enough kinds of pull from the tray breads. That might have been my fatal mistake.

So my consult asked me that if I was going to put it together in the real by myself would I hire a caterer for the remainder to bring their own recipes for the remainder of the trays and vegetables or if I would continue to hire overtime conventioner chefs to put together a recipe list from websites? So actually I had to be honest. I would get together a few extra caterers to cover this last part.

So I have to be authentic and true to the original plan details, which are these. In which case, my platters are done. If we do this — we being me and a lot of people I can’t account for on this blog or anywhere — work friends and friends of friends — then, we are basically saying a set up for December 21st. And I was not going to allow anyone to bring food, but we have too many diet issues on the total menu, so yes, we are allowing people to bring food and also asking that we might clone some of their dishes at the last minute for other persons. We would put this together in restaurant at table and also a la carte buffet style, but it’s a banquet dinner so that’s about all there is.

The only other thing that I was hoping to do was get together some gaming entertainment for the day, because otherwise, it would be a weekend convention thing but there’s no point to trying that with the numbers. So I have no ideas for what to suggest is entertaining besides food in this case. I would hope that we could find someone we all like to entertain us on a widescreen video, but seriously, I don’t trust myself. And reruns are false love. So I’m stuck for good entertainment that doesn’t ruin the long day dinner.


55 Lamb Recipes, from Chops to Roasts to Kebabs | Bon Appétit

Chocolate Cream Cakes

Meanwhile, last minute notes on the last weekend development of my banquet menu for Christmas.

Everyone involved at whatever will be the Christmas buffet/breakroom convention party I guess we’re thinking. Okay. Let’s take this seriously then. Is rather disappointed that — well someone will have to take pictures for me — I am sworn to no exposure for myself anywhere; they are all disappointed in my lack of interest in chocolate. Well I’m sorry.

So I am thumbprinting some chocolate dessert. These are individual cakes. I have to give it some thought this weekend and I will.


Chocolate Cream Cakes

Pasta Puttanesca recipe | Epicurious.comPasta Carbonara recipe | Bonappetit.comPasta Bolognese recipe |

Now I’m done with adding in the necessary pasta to handle all the options to the banquet.

I need some more centerpiece meat or centerpiece meat situation (whole meat sides) to make those delicious sides seem as good as they are.

So that is the work for the weekend. That and whatever filler is left.

Pasta Puttanesca recipe |


Pasta Carbonara | Bon Appetit


Pasta Bolognese | Food & Wine

(But these are also in penne pasta, so I favor that where the spaghetti is at option, it is optioned with either penne rigate or else rigatoni.)