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Photo by James Ransom

Photo by James Ransom

Every year I make the same meal for Thanksgiving, there is little to no variations year to year because everyone loves it that way. It makes things easier sort of, the only planning involves the shopping and of course the preparation. I try to make as much in advance as possible to save myself work on the big day. This will be Percy’s first Thanksgiving with me and I plan on giving him a plate of food along with the rest of my guests. I am excited that this year my two cousins will be joining me as well. My menu is very basic, nothing fancy but everything is homemade and has withstood the test of time. The dishes on the menu are linked to former posts so that you can see the recipes. Mashed potatoes, well, no recipe required, so my potatoes have not lumps I use the food mill and then simply add sour cream, butter and salt and pepper, thats all, the same goes for the pumpkin pie, I used canned pumpkin and follow the instructions on the back of the can, I’ve tried other methods and quite honestly the results are so similar it’s not worth the extra effort. The meal is always served with wine, this year a Cabernet Sauvignon, Lambrusco, Sparkling blanc de blanc and I am still undecided on whether to serve a Chardonnay or white bordeaux.

Thanksgiving Menu

butter and herb roast turkey

dressing

mashed potatoes

oven roasted brussells sprouts

corn

cranberry sauce

dinner rolls

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Dessert

Pecan Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

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  1. If you don’t mind…

    For my first course I’ll start with Apple Pie 😋 one of my favorites

    November 19, 2016
  2. Happy Thanksgiving! All of those pies. I’ll have a slice of each!

    Lily

    November 19, 2016
  3. Lovely and super yummy!!!

    November 19, 2016
  4. I do the same thing, I adjust a little here and there and once in a while I add something new. Your recipes look fantastic and your family would be unhappy if you change anything. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I would love to have a slice of your pie or maybe two!

    November 19, 2016
  5. Your menu sounds absolutely perfect. I know every single bite always is and will be delicious!!! Much love to you and P!!

    November 19, 2016
  6. Your menu looks incredible, and I know every bite will be scrumptious! Much love to you and P!

    November 19, 2016
    • Happy Thanksgiving Em to you and your beautiful family, thank you 😍

      November 19, 2016
  7. The pies look amazing hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

    November 19, 2016
  8. *Waving* across the ocean to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. It all sounds delicious but I especially wish I could have a slice of each of the pies.

    November 19, 2016
  9. I think Chardonnay will be a great choice!!
    I would love to have one thanksgiving with you sometime 😀
    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend! 😘🙏

    November 19, 2016
  10. What a lovely menu and meal!

    November 19, 2016
  11. This looks like a delicious Thanksgiving meal! You are smart to get all your cooking done ahead of time! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    ❤ Alana

    November 19, 2016
  12. All sounds wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 19, 2016
  13. …with vanilla bean ice cream…🍦🍦🍦

    November 19, 2016
  14. Why mess with the classics? I look forward to them every year and your dishes look amazing including that incredible pie!

    November 19, 2016
  15. I hope you have a good holiday Suzanne 🙂

    November 19, 2016
  16. Lovey menu! Happy Thanksgiving, Suzanne 🙂

    November 19, 2016
  17. Happy Thanksgiving!! Wow, those dishes look amazing!!

    November 19, 2016
  18. This all looks like the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, Suzanne! I love the idea of having a traditional dinner every year with the same loved dishes! We usually eat the same things with minor variations in the recipes, but I do like to change up some dishes. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    November 20, 2016
    • One year I made some changes and it was not well received, it wasn’t eaten, so after that I stuck to the same menu, no changes it works best. Thank you so much Juliana.

      November 21, 2016
  19. Your menu is excellent, simple yet complete. I am sure your old and new guests will have a great meal! I wish you and Percy a wonderful first Thanksgiving Day together and hope you enjoy many more! I am saving your pecan pie recipe, looks irresistible!!

    November 20, 2016
    • Thank you Viviana, I love each recipe and look forward to this meal every year. Thanks again.

      November 21, 2016
  20. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Suzanne ! so many temptations, but authorized because of – la fête ! Every dish is marvellous – Bises et amitiés – france 🙂

    November 20, 2016
    • Many thanks France, it’s a wonderful holiday with great food and I look forward every year to preparing it. Merci and Joyeaux Noelle in advance.

      November 21, 2016
  21. Happy almost Thanksgiving Suzanne! Sounds like a wonderful menu!

    November 20, 2016
  22. Your menu look amazing Suzanne, I would love to taste your pie’s, they look very inviting.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 20, 2016
  23. Happy Thanksgiving Suzanne and Percy! So what special plate does Mr. P get?

    November 20, 2016
    • Happy thanksgiving Kathryn, Percy will get some turkey, vegetables and mashed potatoes with a spoon of gravy. No dressing it has onion in it and only the leg meat that didn’t get slathered with compound butter. I think he will like it!!❤️

      November 20, 2016
  24. Sounds like a lovely menu Suzanne! I love the simplicity of having the same menu each year. There’s something comforting about the tradition and I agree, it makes planning much easier!

    November 20, 2016
  25. Have a really nice Thanksgiving!

    November 20, 2016
  26. Your menu looks so wonderful!! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    November 21, 2016
  27. This is not a meal but a feast!

    November 21, 2016
  28. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving! We stick with the usual, tried and tested and loved menu as well. I will be serving Toes a little turkey plate this year as last year was her first Thanksgiving with us but we were traveling… so time to spoil her this year! 🙂

    November 21, 2016
    • Hi Pamela, you know when it isn’t broke don’t fix it, thats what I say. Tried and true recipes are the best. I know you will have a fantastic meal and isn’t it great watching our little fur babies enjoy the feast we prepared. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

      November 21, 2016
  29. Awe those look so good!! This is my first year attempting to cook a turkey and make croissants. I think it is safe to say I am slightly worried about the results.

    Carlee-evenmoreyou.wordpress.com

    November 21, 2016
    • Carlee, thank you for stopping by. I am sure you will do fine, I remember my first turkey, LOL, suffice it to say I didn’t have the advantage of the blog or the help that is available now. You are making croissants, wow, I’ve never tried making them, they are on my bucket list though. I hope your meal is amazing and I wish you a very Happy Thankgsgiving. I will check out your blog.

      November 21, 2016
  30. Stunning as always! I would love to eat your Thanksgiving. I know I reached out a while back about writing a food/wine pairing article together. Time simply got away from me this year. I would love to plan ahead and do it next year. You are such an amazing chef. Happy Thanksgiving Suzanne!

    November 21, 2016
    • Thanks Michelle yes next year, I was so busy it worked out because I am stretched in so many directions right now, Happy Thanksgiving

      November 21, 2016
  31. I love your menu and we do the same thing here. Same food, same dishes & silverware, and same desserts. Although I usually toss in a new dessert & maybe a new side every year and see if it sticks, I only do that because I’m already making the same ones, too. It would not do to make a substitution, but an addition I can get by with! I disagree on the pie, but then that’s probably just me, lol! I hope you have a blast with your cousins, and I vote on the Bordeaux!

    November 21, 2016
  32. Your roast looks fabulous!!! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    November 22, 2016
  33. You’ve included all my favorites. Happy Thanksgiving, Suzanne.

    November 22, 2016
  34. Lucky Percy! I bet he can’t wait. I’m certainly salivating reading your menu. I’m not too keen on pumpkin pie, but your pecan pie looks absolutely to die for. I would go for the white Bordeaux (but then I would 😉 )- it’ll will be crisper, although I love Chardonnay too…

    November 22, 2016
  35. Beautiful, Suzanne! I love a traditional Thanksgiving menu and yours sounds delicious. I especially love the photos of your pies! Happy Thanksgiving! xox

    November 22, 2016
  36. Love this menu – we are very much on the same page – and agreed, mashed potatoes are best with the simplest of ingredients. Yummmmmm. 🙂 Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2016
  37. Every thing sounds great, …but those pies…! Wow! They look wonderful!

    November 22, 2016
  38. I really enjoyed this post. I did get to have Thanksgiving with an American friend who lived in Wimbledon a few years ago. The pumpkin pie was delicious and I really enjoyed the whole experience. She’s from Philadelphia and her mum makes her own pumpkin butter every year which is supposed to be a real treat. Have a good week. Emma xx

    November 23, 2016
  39. The pie list looks amazing!!

    November 23, 2016
  40. An incredible menu. Happy thanks giving Suzanne😊

    November 24, 2016
  41. Yum! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 24, 2016
  42. Whoa those pies Suzanne!! I’m sure all your friends were thankful to be around your table. We cook pretty much the same each Thanksgiving as well– it’s the nostalgia factor that makes it so delicious. — Except this year we had Rice wrapper shrimp spring rolls along with our stuffing and turkey- brought by our son-in-laws Chinese aunt! I’m sure your meal was wonderful Suzanne! fun to see you menu… hugs!

    November 29, 2016
  43. Belated Happy Thanksgiving Suzanne. I am eyeballing that pumpkin pie of yours – it’s the silkiest, most beautiful looking pie ever. And the apple pie is gorgeous too. Your guests are SO lucky! And Percy too. xo

    November 29, 2016

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