Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Day: What to Make?

While that is one of my favorite questions, it's also one of the most difficult for me to answer.  And the problem is not lack of ideas.  Quite the contrary, it is the sheer, often overwhelming, abundance of them.  Do you ever feel that way?  That all your ideas are "good ideas," but you're not quite sure which one will be "the best?"  It's a tricky spot to put ourselves in, trying so hard to make the right decision.  But speaking for myself, when I take a step back and realize that there isn't actually a "right decision" - that any and all food shared in the spirit of togetherness, communion, and celebrating a connection that defies words will already be "right" and "the best" - then I'm allowed to relax and really set my sights on what I feel is the meaning behind the Holidays.

I want to share good food that is healing to both the mind and body, and I want to further the spirit of Thanksgiving, allowing the motivation to join at the table to reach beyond satisfying our stomachs.  And so long as I have those intentions going into the kitchen, then I will be happy and proud regardless of what I offer at the Thanksgiving table, wherever that may be.

So, with that in mind, I've dug into the vaults of The Canary Files to find recipes that can do just that, not just for me, but hopefully for you as well.  A bounty of "right decisions" to help you make your Holiday gathering all the more special.


Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus with Crudité

Appetizers/Side Dishes

Curried Lentil & Mung Bean Stew


Roasted Acorn Squash Halves stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf


Cracked Pepper & Fennel Sugar Cookies



Wouldn't it be awesome if all of these dishes could be on the same menu?  One day, I will make that happen (and yes, you are all invited). But in the meantime, wishing all a beautiful Thanksgiving full of opportunities to smile, laugh, remember, and connect. 

Be safe, be true, and be well.

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