Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day with family and friends. And food, football, books, or whatever makes you happy.

I thought I’d share our menu for this Thanksgiving:

Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Breakaway Bread
Asian Cole Slaw
Candied Yams
Relish Tray
Mississippi Mud Cake

Turkey is our traditional meat for Thanksgiving, but this year I decided to serve it for Christmas when my daughter will be home.

Marinated Artichoke Hearts is my husband’s favorite and Breakaway Bread is my son’s. Candied Yams is a new recipe I’m trying out and Mississippi Mud Cake is a recipe from an aunt in Alabama who is a fabulous cook.

What are you cooking? And what special thing do you have planned for the day?


  1. I'm responsible for rolls at my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I don't think they trust me with anything else...nor should they. We're also featuring a selection of Thai food this year as requested by my seven year old niece (she's not a fan of turkey and mashed potatoes).

    Enjoy your holiday...

  2. Thanks for the invite, Helen. ;0)
    Sorry, I can't make dinner but since you've gone to the trouble to serve my favorite cake, I'll be by for dessert.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. So... what time is dinner... I'm on my way.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


  4. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! That sounds like an excellent dinner . . . :D

  5. Hi Helen .. where's the airticket?!! I'm on my way over .. sounds delicious ..

    Normal day here I'm afraid .. still got food on the table, love all around .. and love from the universe - can't wish for much more ..

    Good blogging year ahead .. Enjoy, enjoy .. sounds yummy!!!!

    Happy time Thanksgiving tonight .. Hilary

  6. Yummy - can I come to your house? Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Good job Haleine. Convince them you can't cook and then you won't have to.

    Come on over Mary! The recipe makes enough for twenty people.

    Lou, I'm thinking mid-afternoon.

    Hilary, you made me go back to see if I'd mis-spelled it! I could easily do that.

    Come one, come all! That would be so much fun.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving Helen! You may have to share that Mississippi Mud Cake recipe! Without even knowing what's in it, it sounds like a chocolate lovers treat!

    This year we are having smoked Turkey. 14 hours in a friends smoker. And of course Sweet Potato Pie. But I also made my first pumpkin pie. Looks good- taste test later! :-)

    Enjoy your day!

  9. We're not celebrating until Saturday so today is simple. The Mississippi Mud Cake sounds delicious. Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Thoughts in Progress

  10. What a delicious menu! We have a huge turkey cooking in the oven and am working on side dishes now. Your Mississippi Mud Cake sounds intriguing.

    Enjoy your day.


  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Helen. And for our Thanksgiving we're having seven people and four dogs! Woot!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Helen!

    I'm in charge of pies this year.
    Am bringing a sugar-free lattice apple, a pumpkin cheesecake, and am just getting ready to start a spicy pumpkin in the oven as we speak.

  13. Can you beam some mud cake to me? With the name Mississippi added to it, it makes the cake sound very yummy. LOL. We don't have Thanksgiving here so I'm not cooking.

    My Darcy Mutates

  14. Suzanne, this is the first time to make the Candied Yams. So far, I'm not optimistic about the taste. I'm going to try cooking them a bit longer.

    Conda, will the dogs get the ham bone?

    Well, Stephanie, that kind of cooking will get you invited to many Thanksgiving dinners!

    For anyone who wants it, the Mississippi Mud Cake is on my website. Here's a direct link to it:

  15. We're having chicken gumbo, Cornish game hens with all the fixins & Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert.

    I love Mississippi Mud
    Cake--thanks for the recipe, Helen!

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Helen. Your meal sounds tasty. I don't eat turkey at all here. We used to have it for Christmas in NZ, but it's not common to do so here. I wish we had Thanksgiving. Peace to you and your family, Simon.

  17. Just got back home from the north. Little boy and wife are on the Canary Islands. Older boy is downtown on a concert. I'm sitting here alone; good company, I think >:)

    Your menu looks delicious, and I bet your turkey is happy to get another year.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  18. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake sounds delicious, Lynn.

    Simon, you don't need an official day to give thanks, which I have a feeling you do every day.

    Cold, you're probably celebrating peace and quiet.

  19. I've never tried artichokes - might have to just look up a recipe for that! :)

  20. The recipe I use, Jemi, is good because you can make it the day before.

  21. Happy Thanksgiving to you Helen. I'm adding blogging friends to my list of things to be thankful for.
    We ate turkey (we'll have it for Christmas too) and my responsibilities were: Apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake and sausage rolls (English style - made with puff pastry and sausage).

  22. Cozy, if I weren't still stuffed with ham, you'd be making me hungry for pumpkin cheesecake.

  23. I'm going straight over to get your Mississippi Mud Cake recipe! Thanks and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  24. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. I love artichoke, but the ones in my market looked like they been thrown around the truck a few time before place in the bin.

  25. We had our Thanksgiving last month and it wasn't what it usually is due to family problems - that made me sad and I so hope Christmas turns out better! We are going to eat our main meal on Christmas eve and we're having goose this year. We've been eating so well on our CSA boxes that I am thankful EVERY week.

  26. I would love to know more about breakaway bread - that sounds interesting. In fact, your whole menu sounds fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Helen!

    My menu was as follows: Turkey, cranberry sauce (home made), warm potato and green bean salad, stuffing, sweet potatoes (with ginger,brown sugar, cinnamon, and guava nectar), gravy, spiced butternut squash puree, stuffed mushrooms, spiced apple pie, tunnel o' fudge pumpkin cake. So glad we have leftovers!

  27. I roasted four turkey breasts, made a large pan of stuffing, baked corn, cranberry salad, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes as well as apple pie and pumpkin pie. All the tradition and lots of left-overs.

  28. Jan, I have never tasted goose and certainly wouldn't know how to cook it. You'll have to come back after Christmas and tell me about it!

    Wow, Kimberly, that sounds like a feast. As does your menu, Susan.

    For Christmas, I vow to make fewer sweet things and more veggies.

    I don't know how many recipes I have on my website, but Breakaway Vegetable Bread is one of them. The direct link to it is:

  29. Hope you had a good day, Helen. I was not online at all yesterday. The part of our family that could get together decided to meet at a restaurant and then go to a movie. It was different. We did enjoy the movie, but I missed the traditional gathering and all the cooking. Had to make a pumkin pie today just so it would feel like Thanksgiving weekend.

  30. Just found this...after several days of turkey leftovers. I made beef stew tonight...boy did that taste good.


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