Thanksgiving is just around the corner – if you’re feeling a little lost when it comes to hosting this holiday, or just looking for something fresh to mix up the menu this weekend, we have several recipe suggestions for you today, courtesy of our showroom receptionists (aka your best friend when you need to know anything about your kitchen, our showroom, your designer’s birthday, where to get lunch…and apparently what to cook for Thanksgiving, too!).
If you’re like Won, one of our preliminary designers, turkey and mashed potatoes are a staple at your Thanksgiving dinner – he’s enjoyed that classic holiday meal every year since he immigrated to Canada and he doesn’t plan to pause that tradition any time soon. If you’re unwilling to relent on that tradition, but open to a little variety in how you prepare it, consider this suggestion from our Muskoka Receptionist, April:
“Our Tradition is not actually a new recipe but a medieval one I guess. Everything thanksgiving that isn’t raining we cook turkey’s outside on an open flame rotisserie style.
We put the turkeys on a birch branch and place either side of the branch onto cement blocks, it then gets turned manually as needed, this takes several hours, because we have to build up coals with special cooking wood, like cherry mixed with birch. Once the turkeys are just about ready we start cooking our side dishes on a special fire cooking wrack. It is by far our favorite tradition – food always tastes better on an open flame and you can taste the smoked flavor right through the turkey – mmm delicious! Looking forward to another beautiful year outdoors with family, friends and a cooking fire.”
To go alongside that succulent turkey and those buttery mashed, it’s always good to prepare one or two vegetable dishes. But getting the right combination of vegetables, and a fun mix of spices, to keep the dish interesting and special, can sometimes feel tedious. Thankfully, one of our Waterloo showroom receptionists, Cherlyn, is here to save the day with her own favourite recipe for roasted veggies:
If you’re looking for a versatile recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or any snack throughout the day, give this recipe from one of our Hawkesville receptionists, Andrea (who got it from her sister-in-law – let’s all be thankful for family!):
Another decadent pumpkin delight you don’t want to miss is this pumpkin torte recipe from our other Hawkesville receptionist, Lynette. She would like to point out that this tried-and-true recipe is especially delicious when eaten in the fall, curled up on a couch with lots of cozy blankets and a few sweet smelling candles lit around you…
Our final pumpkin recipe (for this year, anyway), comes from the grandma of our other Waterloo showroom receptionist, Heidi. This recipe is a really creative take on pumpkin – neither a vegetable dish, nor a dessert – and a delicious one at that. Give this one a try!
Whatever menu you choose to go with this weekend, we hope it’s a time of refreshing, reconnecting, and reminiscing with family and friends as you take time to acknowledge and give thanks for the blessings, opportunities, and hope in your life – we hope no matter what season of life you are in, you will be encouraged and uplifted by a weekend of peace, gratitude, and community. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Chervin!