Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Looking for a Thanksgiving side dish and dessert?

yes I have scored an invite to an awesome Thanksgiving meal from an awesome fellow blogger. I think I will make a small turkey the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to have a turkey to pick on for the rest of the weekend. As written in the invite, what the host would appreciate is desserts and wine. I do have a lovely Riesling from my Virginia winery trip earlier this fall so I have that covered. But I also need to MAKE something. I am thinking of doing two desserts - my old standby, the ever beloved apple crostada with a creme anglaise and a pear tart glazed with a cardamom syrup and a nice sliced og Gorgonzola on the side. You see last Thanksgiving when J and I hosted, he made baklava and I made a griddle cakes with pears and Gorgonzola. In a Reese's Peanut butter Cup moment, we dipped the extra pear in the cardamom syrup from the baklava and topped it with Gorgonzola and a little slice of heaven was made. So I have to try my hand at recreate those flavors as a dessert. I was thinking of using the pear tart tatin recipe and tossing the pears in cardamom. What do you all think?

This Monday, J and I made the perfect fall meal. A tatsoi salad with homemade pickled onions (sugar, salt, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar), a quinoa pilaf that was cooked with shitake and porcini mushrooms, and a fall vegetable mash. The pilaf was good but needed a boost of flavor. Call me a philistine but I don't get the hoo hah over procini mushrooms. The soaking liquid made a good broth base but the mushrooms themselves were bland. The mash on the other hand was spectacular. We had cauliflower, turnips, and yukon gold potatoes from the farm so I boiled them all in salted water, put the cauliflower and turnips in the food processor and then mashed the potatoes by hand. I put stirred them together with more salt, olive oil and butter. And surprisingly, no milk or cream. Unlike regular mashed potatoes, the cauliflower and turnips makes it easy to reheat on the stovetop.

I am eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving, given that I don't have to clean!

7 comments:

Food Rockz Man said...

Earlier today I stumbled upon a great option for Thanksgiving dessert that might interest you--Cranberry and Apple Kuchen from the French Laundry Cookbook, as made at home here: http://www.frenchlaundryathome.com

I'm trying to talk a friend into making it for a pre-Thanksgiving meal we're doing this Sunday. I, on the other hand, will be making a pumpkin lobster bisque . . . or maybe a some-other-member-of-the-squash-family lobster bisque.

I love this food-centric time of year!

ScottE. said...

Pears & Cardamom sound divine!

Stef said...

Ditto to Scotte - bring on the pears and cardamom!

(Oops, a momentary typo made that "peas and cadamom" - probably not as good.)

Side note... what are your thoughts on Thai Tanic on 14th St? I just tried it for the first time, and to this uncultured palate girl, their tom yum soup was like an epiphany. So yummy I wanted to marry it.... thoughts?

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DC Food Blog said...

You know stef, we haven't really tried Tum Yums much. Most are pretty uninspired so we haven't done much taste testing. We'll definitely have to try out ThaiTanic with that recommendation. I will have say, we did go there once for a friend's birthday but we had a bad experience where we split an entree while everyone else ordered three drinks, appetizers and desserts on top of their entrees and then expected to just split evenly. That had nothing to do with the food but it still obliterated any memory we had about how the food actually tasted.

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ScottE. said...

PS: HAD that exact same experience at Cafe Atlantico many many years ago, I still can't go there without getting upset. This was back in the day of extreme college budgets...