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My dad is getting remarried in less than 3 weeks…

My mom remarried a year ago…

And I have in-laws…

Holidays are getting very busy around here.

We used to gather all parts of the family together for every holiday, but it’s getting more and more difficult.

It’s time for a new game plan.

This year, we decided to trade off holidays with different, um, sub-families so will be at my in-laws this Thanksgiving.

That means no heavy traditional American dishes that are set in stone. My in-laws are from northern Italy and give a nod to the American Thanksgiving but prepare dishes using their own background and influence.

Lighter, fresher, and celebrating the flavors of foods instead of covering them up with sauces, salt, and sugar. This is how we should all enjoy holiday fare.  

Here is our Turkey Day menu (my contributions are in bold):

Thanksgiving Menu 2012_cheese

[Recipes have not yet been posted to the blog]


Smoked Salmon – served in a sauce of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and capers

Cheese selection – brie, parmigiano, goat cheese with cranberries


Main Course

Roasted Turkey

Roasted Potatoes – olive oil and unrefined salt

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – olive oil and unrefined salt

Sautéed Carrots – sliced thin and sautéed in olive oil and unrefined salt

Cranberry Sauce (citrus and refined sugar-free)

Spinach Salad – fresh baby spinach, olive oil, red wine vinegar, unrefined salt

Polenta & Sausage Stuffing

Quinoa Stuffing (allergy and gluten-free)


Pumpkin Custard (grain-free)

Cranberry Cloufouti

Baked Apple Rice Pudding (refined sugar and egg-free)