Great Thanksgiving ideas

Pot  I wonder, do others share the same pleasure that I get, in planning for meals like Thanksgiving?

I know there are those that are happiest to be invited to a great meal – leave the cooking to others! There are also those that enjoy cooking, but don’t make a science project out of selecting what to cook. The family favorites worked great in the past, why mess with anything new?  I on the other hand, find the hunt for new recipes an enjoyable quest.

So now you know one of my deep dark secrets, I am a recipe research junkie! Sifting through scads of ideas to bring together an interesting, yet manageable meal that my guests will enjoy is a personal mission for me. Part science and part art, but something that I dearly enjoy. I recently created this Roasted Cauliflower recipe which just tasted like it belonged on a Thanksgiving day table. Cauliflower 3So, for those that have started to think about what to serve at your Thanksgiving gathering, this one’s for you!

To create the arrangement shown above, take a  terra cotta pot, add a few sprigs of artificial fall foliage from Michaels’s craft store, a giant pine cone and some textured balls, and you have a touch of fall elegance to great your guests when they arrive for your Thanksgiving feast.

Roasted Cauliflower

Serving Size: 4-6 servings


  • 1 whole cauliflower, stem removed and trimmed, broken into florets
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme, divided
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl toss the florets with the oil and 2 teaspoons of minced thyme. Spread out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  • Roast, rotating the pan halfway through and stirring the florets, so that they are browned all over, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer cauliflower to a platter or serving bowl and drizzle with orange juice and sprinkle with orange zest, remaining teaspoon of thyme and fresh ground pepper.
  • Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Great Thanksgiving ideas

  1. Great to know there are kindred spirits like you out there! Keep on cooking and thanks for the kinds words about the site. I am having fun doing it.

  2. I also enjoy planning the holiday meals, making everything as perfect as I can and them watching devour it! Although I stick to the traditional spread because I know they will like it. You have a beautiful site!

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