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Thanksgiving Recipe Idea Roundup + TK Turns One!

I love Thanksgiving. SO MUCH. I’m not a religious person, so holidays to me are all about family, friends, drinking, laughing, not working, not going to the gym, cooking, eating, lounging, food coma’ing, watching parades, and talking about what you ate and drank. Is there a better non-religious holiday than Thanksgiving? Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a whole month before us Americans. We celebrate the harvest and the beautiful season some call fall and some call autumn. And every year, we’re urged to ponder: what are we thankful for? Every year, I’m thankful for the same stuff, with a few additions. This year, it’s (as per usual) my family, friends, health, good food, love, and laughter. I’m also particularly thankful for the beautiful community of online and offline friends I’ve made in the last year (you people! you awesome, rockin’ good people). And lastly, I’m thankful for this little slice of Internet that we created, one year ago today. Turntable Kitchen went live. And what a way to celebrate.

I’m always frantically searching the internets and my cookbooks for good Thanksgiving recipes, so I thought I’d share a few that caught my eye recently.

1. Pear Pie Pop Tarts from Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everybody eats pie on Thanksgiving, but if you want to double indulge yourself, why not start Thanksgiving morning with a Pie Pop Tart? This sounds delicious. While you’re eating your Pear Pie Pop Tarts, you should go ahead and dive into Adrianna’s blog. It is awesome.

2. Crusted Butternut Squash from Sprouted Kitchen. I love this girl and her blog. Crusty squash sounds like a really awesome and unique thing to add to your Thanksgiving table, or bring to a potluck. Plus, it’s adapted from a fabulous book that I also own and love: Plenty.

3. Garlic and Mushroom Mashed Potatoes from Give me Flour via a guest post on A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt. I discovered Amanda’s blog sometime this summer and I think it’s zomg-good. Check it. Mashed potatoes shouldn’t be boring!

4. Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Ginger Soup from With Style & Grace. Lisa is such a sweetheart, and I really love her blog. She focuses on gluten-free recipes, so for those of you who have food allergies, this soup sounds like a winner.

5. Russ Parsons’ Dry-Brined Turkey via Food52. This technique, inspired by Judy Rogers of Zuni Cafe and the best roast chicken ever is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

6. Holiday Pavlova:Β Meringues layered with Nutmeg Whipped Cream and Cranberry Compote: have you seen a thing more beautiful? I came upon this one via Aida Mollenkamp on Pinterest. This is a stunner of a finisher if you want to go the untraditional route.

7. Tom Colicchio’s Parker House Rolls. I have been eyeing this recipe ever since I saw it in Saveur Magazine last year. I keep meaning to make it. I think this year I finally will.

Speaking of Saveur, I am floored, honored, speechless, etc., etc., to see Turntable Kitchen profiled as one of their ‘Sites We Love’. I am really thankful for that, too! Check it out.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Great round-up and so much to congratulate you on. Congrats on a year of TTKitchen and the fantastic feature from Saveur. Well done!

  • Happy birthday! And I’m with you — I’m not so religious, so I LOVE Thanksgiving and all it brings: the gathering, the food, the spending hours in the kitchen … my favorite things πŸ™‚ Have a good one!

  • Thank you so much, Jess! xo

  • Thanks, Nicole! We’re a special kind..the kind that actually enjoys spending hours in the kitchen πŸ™‚ xo

  • oh you’re such a doll!! I right there with you, LOVE Thanksgiving and everything you just listed! Hope you have a fabulous Holiday and cannot wait to meet you [ps. emailing you back today]! xo

  • Amanda Areias

    Coincidence or not, I start give me flour a year ago, just like you guys….I guess Thanksgiving – or at least all the thoughts about foo that fill our heads during this time of the year – inspired both of us to share with others our passion for the kitchen πŸ™‚ ……congratulations guys, wish all the best, sincerely!!!

    And thanks again for being so kind!

  • And I am so glad you started your blog – I am totally in love with it. Congratulations to you, Amanda, on 1 year as well. Enjoy the holiday season.

  • Thanks, Lisa! Can’t wait to meet you soon πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful roundup! I just found you about a week ago, and I am glad that I did. Congrats on your 1st successful year!!!

  • Thank you, Tiffany! Glad you’re here with us πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on one year! I love visiting and seeing what’s new in food and music πŸ™‚ Glad you’re here!

  • Thank you so much, Nicole! You’re the best.

  • Kasey – This is a great roundup and I’m glad you also liked that gorgeous pavlova. Congrats on TK’s 1st birthday, by the way!

  • Thanks so much, Aida! It was stunning. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, which is why I put it in the center of the collage πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    Congratulations on one year of awesome delicious rock & roll etc. Your blog is one of my favorite new discoveries, and I’m super impressed that your work is so slick, polished, and approachable despite being only 12 months old!

    Also, Thanksgiving, right? Just the best, top to bottom. I hope you have the happiest one yet.

  • Thank you so much! Hope you have a great holiday, too!

  • Nicole_gamble

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I`m gonna tweet about your blog!

  • Renee

    Great collection of must-try recipes. That’s so awesome Saveur featured TTK. But of course! Everything here is fantastic. Congrats!

  • Congrats on a great first year! Here’s to many more. Beautiful collage- I love the colors in #3. Also adding the house rolls to my list.

  • Thanks, Jay! Don’t they look amazing??

  • Thanks, Renee! I really appreciate that.

  • Thanks, Nicole!

  • sara

    thanks for including me! What a collection! I have been thinking of that pavlova since I saw it on your pinterest and I don’t even like cranberries… but i need it. Happy 1st blog birthday!

  • Thanks, friend!

  • Happy first birthday!
    I am saving this recipe roundup for my Christmas dinner…and maybe a few special dinners before then!

  • Thanks, Rachel! Sounds great πŸ™‚

  • Thanks so much for sharing my pavlova recipe! πŸ™‚

  • You’re welcome! It’s gorgeous!

  • Hello! Thanks for the feature. πŸ™‚ My name is Simone Anne. I can be found at and I am the one who wrote the recipe for, cooked, and photographed the lovely pavlova you have pictured there.

    You can see my post on it here:

    I’m more than happy to have you feature my image and am quite honored, but if you could credit me instead of your pinner, that would be much appreciated!

    Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Hi Simone,
    Thank you for stopping by. Your recipe and photos are beautiful! I wanted to point out that I actually link directly to your post in the roundup. I think it’s fair to say that I discovered your post and your blog through Pinterest, and I wanted to acknowledge the person who pointed me in your direction. I understand that there have been some issues with Pinterest not linking back to original photography and posts but I just wanted to clarify that I did not credit the pinner for your post, but rather told our readers how I found it, and directed them straight to your blog. As a writer and a blogger myself, I’m very aware of the copyrights associated with words and images and I certainly would never want the original source to be lost or not appropriately credited. Cheers!

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