2013 Thanksgiving Menu

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With Thanksgiving officially less than 2 weeks away, I thought I'd share my menu!

I won't lie, I've had this planned since September. To put it mildly, I'm an obsessive planner. It's just how my world turns.

I also like to plan ahead because we're spending Thanksgiving at my parents house this year and while I am seriously so pumped because it's my favorite place to visit, they don't have every single kitchen appliance in the world like me. So planning ahead gives me plenty of time to figure out that I need to buy a certain kind of attachment for the food processor to make Thanksgiving run smoothly.

My Thanksgiving menu is filled with flavorful California inspired dishes that will knock your socks off and depending on how much you eat, perhaps the button on your pants. But really, isn't Thanksgiving the reason they invented yoga pants? I'll be wearing spandex for sure. No questions asked.

Let's do it!

California Inspired Thanksgiving Menu copy

1. Herb Roasted Turkey

2. Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

3. Rustic Herb Stuffing

4. Roasted Heirloom Pumpkin and Squash

5. Spicy Garlic Green Beans 

6. Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

7. Perfect Mashed Potatoes

8. Persimmon Caprese Salad

9. Gravy

All that's missing is dessert - and that's coming next week!


  1. Your Thanksgiving menu looks and sounds divine! I've never seen a persimmon caprese salad before. Yum!

  2. I have you ask you (or anyone!) I only have one oven - how on Earth do you time what to cook when so that it all is ready at the same time? I am totally challenged in this area. I guess the question would really be - "Gaby, what is your timeline for cooking your feast?" HELP!

    1. ooooo great question!! I usually prep everything first thing in the morning, get the turkey started around noon - and then work on all the side dishes and desserts while the turkey is baking! Then when the turkey is done, I make the gravy, put finishing touches on the sides and serve everything!

      While we are eating dinner - I bake the dessert!

      Check this out too: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/thanksgiving-timeline-checklist-00000000044500/

  3. Oh girl...I'm coming out to eat with you on Thanksgiving!! My mouth is watering...

    And I've got my yoga pants ready (who am I kidding, I wear them every day 🙂 )

  4. Totally agree with wearing yoga pants! That is a requirement for sure. Love seeing what other people are planning for Thanksgiving. It gives me such inspiration. Thanks!

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