Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up

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I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving. Can you? We got snow this morning. To the right you can see the view from the barn during morning milking. It lasted for an hour or so and it didn’t stick — typical for our area of Oregon.

Our heritage breed pastured turkey is coming from our friends Beth and Kerry Olson of B&K Natural Farm. We’ll pick it up next Wednesday. They say most of their flock turned out to be toms this year — meaning bigger birds in general. We’ll either get a small one that fits in my roasting pan, or a larger one they’ll cut in half to fit in my roasting pan. I’m okay with either. Having an extra half a turkey in the freezer for whenever is very nice!

What are you planning for your Thanksgiving menu? We’ll do the usual — turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. I might do stuffing. We don’t usually because there’s already so much food. 😉

Are you looking for last-minute inspiration for your menu? I’ve got some great ideas for you!

Real Food Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

These recipes are from past posts here — with years and years of posts, it is nice every once and awhile to dig for the gems!

Whole Foods for the Holidays

Remember what I and some other bloggers did last year? We hosted a real food holiday progressive dinner in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. It was great! Real food bloggers from all over participated, sharing family favorite holiday dishes made with real foods. We included:

Please do visit the host blogs — you’ll find recipe upon recipe to round out your Thanksgiving menu!

More Sweet Ideas

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More Real Food Recipes

Visit, too (a free real food recipe sharing site). New recipes are added daily and they look really good! And last but not least, you can browse my extensive recipe archives for more ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving menu planning! Use the comments to share what what’s on your menu — talking menus is always fun for me. :)

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  1. says

    Hi, Wardee. Nice snow photo. none of that here, :) though we are supposed to have rain on TDay which is too bad as lots of people plan picnics on the beach! I am going to a potluck and am bringing apple pie, sweetened with honey and in an almond crust,fig tart (with a walnut coconut flour crust), a couple of different compound butters( one with sage and cranberry, one with orange and rosemary), probably a bottle of wine. It will be a fun afternoon with friends and their families so any drama that occurs will NOT be mine. Yay!

  2. says

    Hi Wardee! I recently subscribed to your site and am enjoying it. I just wanted to say thanks for the post w/links to Thanksgiving recipes. I love how the Mind of Christ works! I have been contemplating a Cranberry/Orange/Apple relish for Thanksgiving but just didn’t feel like it was “finished” the way I had planned to make it. I had the thought tonight to try adding water kefir to it and ferment it for a few days before refrigerating (instead of the cooking method) but was wondering if the ingredients could handle the process texture-wise or if it would just turn to mush…then I came in to find your post and right there were the words “Fermented Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish”!!! It was as if the Lord said, “Yes, it will work – and go ahead and make it because it will add a little healthy cultured goodness to the meal!” I am thankful for His faithfulness to answer the simplest of our thoughts/prayers and thankful for your faithfulness to post!

  3. says

    Oh these all look so great. Thanks for the recipe love!

    And I’m looking forward to the progressive dinner like you did last year. I remember how fun it was :)

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