Saturday, November 25, 2006

Turkey Soup Recipes and Some Thanksgiving Food Photos

I'm going to take a couple of days off from posting recipes while I spend some time enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends, but if you're looking for ways to use leftover turkey, I've shared recipes for Leftover Turkey Soup with Double Mushrooms, Leftover Turkey, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup, or Turkey Barley Soup. I also featured more turkey soup recipes in my South Beach Recipes of the Week, so what are you waiting for? Start making some yummy turkey soup!

I missed Friday Food Porn this week, so I thought I'd show some Thanksgiving photos, but not too many, since I barely started photographing the food when my camera battery went dead. I hadn't brought a spare, so I took it as a sign from the universe to relax and enjoy the holiday without worrying about food photos! I did manage to get recipes (or promises of recipes) for a couple of very interesting items on the menu this year, so I'll be sharing those as I try them.

Hard to photograph, but this artichoke dip with green chiles was really good and it's one of the things I'm trying to get the recipe for.

There was an assortment of delicious goodies to spread on baguettes, just in case people needed something to munch before the serious eating started.

Cranberry couscous was an interesting side dish and would be a hit if you had any vegans attending your dinner. (Susan V, I sent someone to your blog!)

My own new favorite dish was this very non-traditional sauerkraut salad, made with sugar but I'm going to get the recipe and adapt it with Splenda. This had mustard seeds, celery seeds, poppy seeds, and a sweet and sour dessing, and it was fantastic.

I didn't even get to taste this interesting looking sweet potato and cranberry dish, but I did get a recipe for another delicious and unusual dish with sweet potatoes, ginger, and lime, which I'll be trying soon.

Of course there was lots of turkey, and even a platter of smoked turkey besides this traditional roasted turkey.

One of the dishes I made was Double Berry Jello Salad, which I think might become a Thanksgiving tradition. Even people who don't like cranberries like it.

Without a doubt my own favorite new recipe of the things I cooked for Thanksgiving is this recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake. Whether you make Reduced Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sugar Free Pumpkin Cheesecake, or just use all the sugar, this recipe is a keeper.counter customizable free hit


SusanV said...

Hey Kalyn, thanks for sending someone to my blog! It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving, and I'm glad you took the dead battery as a sign to relax and enjoy the holiday. (I just got home and am not yet ready to go back into blogging mood. Shhh...don't tell anybody!) ;-)

Melissa said...

Mmmmm....that cranberry couscous sounds (and looks) wonderful! I hope that's a recipe you have to share. :-)

gattina said...

What a wonderful spread! I love to see your sauerkraut recipe, it looks so good!

Anonymous said...

cranberry couscous, now that's creative!

Ellie said...

Oh man, what a feast! Will have to try the reduced sugar pumpkin pie next time I get my hands on some pumpkin :D

sher said...

I think you managed to take a lot of darn nice photos!!! You had quite a spread there and it all looks wonderful, especially the cheesecake.

christine said...

Love the photos Kalyn - a wonderful, eclectic array of food!
Good for you for taking a break. I've been doing that although I haven't told anyone yet. Looking forward to your next post.

Anonymous said...

I don't know much about ThanksGiving Dinner, but love to see everything about it and learn. That's perfect table. Really it looks so good.

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