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Turntable Kitchen’s Fall Dinner Menu and “Fall Dinner” Mix

I can’t believe that next week is Thanksgiving week. How did that happen? My favorite holiday tends to sneak up on me, and although I spend plenty of time thinking about what I want to make, I always seem to pull together my Thanksgiving menu ideas at the very last minute. While some food bloggers are devoted enough to prepare elaborate Thanksgiving meals weeks prior to the holiday so they can share them with their readers, every year as I eat my turkey, I exclaim, “we need Thanksgiving recipes on Turntable Kitchen!” And yet. I never seem to be prepared to style and photograph. Nor do I ever feel like roasting a turkey prior to our actual feast. Maybe that’s for the best.

The only photos we take are of Matt carving the turkey wearing my parents’ ‘This is what I spent four years in college for’ apron (with my dad and grandpa standing over him), of our over-the-top table spread (complete with Russian zakuski), and of us all dressed up, posing in front of the dining room wall. Matt and I have started to sneak more traditional recipes into our menu which are generally well-received; our cornbread stuffing and rum raisin apple pie were slam dunks. This year, I hope to finally make some yeasted rolls. I’m also eyeing Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving menu ideas, including these slow-roasted green beans.

But. But! We still have a few days before Thanksgiving. Not to mention the fact that our international readers have either celebrated their Thanksgiving already, or don’t celebrate this holiday at all. So, with a few short weeks left in the Fall, before we slip into darker days, colder nights, holiday parties, and the craziness surrounding the winter holidays, I thought I’d pull together a little dinner menu to help you plan a gathering with friends or family that isn’t centered around a holiday or tradition, but rather just good food, good company and, of course, good music. Let’s celebrate the month of November!

Find the recipes for this menu below, and be sure to download Matt’s “Fall Dinner” Mix so you’ve got some tunes to accompany your meal. We’d call it a dinner gathering in a box, but we already do that…Let this be your virtual Pairings Box.

Spanish Anchovy, Fennel and Preserved Lemon Salad
Braised Squid with Chickpeas
Francesโ€™ Lumberjack Cake

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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.

  • This is a lovely meal – such bright & fresh flavours but at the same time just perfect for a chilly night.

  • jaime @

    Thanksgiving is a sneaky one… it always comes when you’re not expecting it! Christmas is a little more prone to taking center stage, but I prefer the subtle and food-focused Thanksfeast! These look like some great menu ideas, I love the idea of incorporating a chunky stew-like dish into the meal.

  • Thanks, Kathryn! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so I’m glad we finally pulled one of these together ๐Ÿ™‚ That stew is perfect for a chilly night, for sure.

  • You’re right – for some reason, Christmas planning seems to roll out over a much longer period of time. I actually hadn’t considered these dishes as part of a Thanksgiving menu, but hey, who says you have to go the traditional route?

  • erin @ yummysupper

    You guys rock! I’d come to a dinner party with this menu any time. Fennel, preserved lemons, squid… you guys know how to do it right.
    Kasey, I love what you wrote about Thanksgiving. I say the same thing to myself every year about getting up a real Thanksgiving post. Ah… maybe next year;)
    Hope you and the little one are well and Matt too of course!

  • Megan Gordon

    I know! How is it already Thanksgiving? How did this happen? Eek. I’m heading all control to my mom this year … and it actually feels really good. But I agree re: timing on the blog. I can never get my act together to do any sort of main dish for the holidays. Always next year ๐Ÿ™‚ Give Matt a squeeze for me and enjoy the week — those photos of you + little belly hiking today made my day.

  • I can’t believe Thanksgiving came and went so quickly! I hope you had a wonderful one with Sam and your family. Loved the pic of Sam and your dad rocking a very similar outfit ๐Ÿ˜‰ Miss you friend! Made your green beans and thought of you… xo

  • Thanks, Erin! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year, I managed to take some pics of our stuffing (woohoo!). Warm wishes my friend. x

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