Thanksgiving Recipes

Pumpkin Creme Caramel Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Creme Caramel Recipe

11.19.12 by Jackie

If you saw last week's dessert recipe, you know I made a French-style pumpkin flan for my husband Lulu. He had asked me to make a flan, which in his mind meant crème caramel, but instead I made a flan pâtissier (French pie crust with pumpkin custard). I always try to keep my promises, so here's the pumpkin crème caramel, which Lulu loved.

His favorite part is the caramel at the bottom of the cup. You could serve it as is, or flip the dessert onto a plate so the caramel drips all over the "flan". I photographed it in both serving styles so you can decide which you prefer.

Three days to Thanksgiving (or four days to Black Friday, depending on your priorities )!


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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes by Ingredient Recipe

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes by Ingredient

11.18.12 by Jackie

It doesn't matter whether you're a newbie or a grizzled veteran; when it comes Thanksgiving dinner, we could use some inspiration. In that spirit, I've compiled a list of my favorite Thanksgiving appropriate recipes. I listed them by ingredient: sweet potato, potato, pumpkinbread, greens, poultry, cranberriespecans, so you can decide which one works best for you. Happy planning!

There are many recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving in my first cookbook "Haute Potato". Two of my personal favorites are the potato cigars and the lavender and white chocolate potato torte. If you order it today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, there's still a good chance it will arrive before Thanksgiving. And if not, it's packed with great holiday recipes as well! 


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Cheesy Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe Recipe

Cheesy Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe

11.16.12 by Jackie

When I think of stuffing (or dressing), the picture that comes to mind is of day-old bread mixed with onion, celery, other vegetables, dried fruit and herbs. It's time for a change, and this year for Thanksgiving, I'm opting for a healthier but just as tasty version using wild rice, pumpkin, dried mango, cranberries, asparagus and walnuts.

For easier serving, I baked it in individual cups and covered them with a blend of Jarlsberg and cheddar cheese. That might make them a little less healthy, but it’s so worth it! 


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Pomegranate and Cranberry Relish Recipe Recipe

Pomegranate and Cranberry Relish Recipe

11.14.12 by Jackie

Thanksgiving is in nine days, so I have a lot of planning to do. I always make the classics: mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing, etc. It's tradition. But I also like to get creative and throw in a few new dishes for my guests to try. I've been trotting out the same cranberry sauce for years now, which never, ever gets finished, so I think it's time for a change.

We have a pomegranate tree in our garden that gives us a bounty of beautiful fruit every fall. The color and flavor match so well with cranberries, that it just makes sense to combine them. Since this dish is more of a relish than a sauce, I decided to pair the pomegranate seeds with dried cranberries. I soaked dried cranberries in a spiced cinnamon tea with star anise and cloves (see tips). This ensures that they won't be gummy. The rest of the relish is composed of green onions, garlic, orange, orange peels, olive oil and vinegar. I don't object to the crunch, but if the seeds of the pomegranate bother you, you could always juice them and just cut back on the vinegar.

The sweet and sour relish tastes absolutely amazing with poultry. So this Thanksgiving, don't forget to prepare a few flavorful condiments besides gravy to go with your turkey. Have fun!


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French Pumpkin Flan Recipe (Flan Patissier) Recipe

French Pumpkin Flan Recipe (Flan Patissier)

11.09.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu loves it when Thanksgiving rolls around, because it's usually the time of the year when I experiment with new desserts. He often makes suggestions, and always selflessly volunteers to be the taste-tester.

His latest suggestion was a pumpkin-flavored flan. Lulu tends to forget that I was born French. A "flan pâtissier" in France is a pie crust called "pâte brisée" filled with custard made of egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla beans. So that's what I made, with the addition of pumpkin, of course.

I told Lulu he would be eating flan for dessert. Once he finished it in the evening, he smiled and said: "All day long, I was looking forward to pumpkin-flavored crème caramel. I loved this French-style pumpkin custard pie, but can I have a pumpkin crème caramel tomorrow?" I hope my daughter doesn't end up so spoiled! And in case you were wondering, I am going to make the crème caramel today...


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