Thursday, November 11, 2010

Four words I love: Thanksgiving, Entertaining, Williams-Sonoma

Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons. And since it 74 degrees out as I type this, weather in the South contributes to the goodness of Fall. But I love the holidays as well and this year, we will embark on some new traditions as we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for the first time. Oh, you know I am looking forward to it. We have hosted Christmas multiple times but it is a sign of the times when the grandmothers hand over the reins of Thanksgiving. I am ready to hold them and steer. And my family will be here too which makes Thanksgiving even more fantastic. Two words I love: Thanksgiving and Entertaining. And all the more reason to get the new Le Creuset pot I want. From another place I love: Williams-Sonoma.

However, I think my Mom, who knows my penchance for the cooking, was briefly worried she might be served Rabbit Terrine instead of the standard faire. Worry not, I know better than to mess with the old stand-by lineup of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce. Since this is our inaugural Thanksgiving as head chefs, I am already pouring over menu ideas. And in my litany of great cook books, I have already put together a pretty fabulous lineup. Thanksgiving foods are not necessarily my favorite but with a few modern tweaks on the classics, like Chipotle smashed sweet potatoes, I hope our house full of family will love it. And my Mom has already asked what is for dessert. 

I am looking forward to spending the week with my family who are flying in from various points to see us MiniMac. And since I am full of Thanksgiving cheer, why not share it with you. How do I combine Thanksgiving, Entertaining, and Williams-Sonoma into one great giveaway? Williams-Sonoma did it for me in their fabulous book Thanksgiving Entertaining. 

Full of great recipes like chardonnay gravy, and butternut squash soup (which I will be serving) this book also includes great decor ideas. One of you will win this book as my special toast for you to have a beautiful holiday season. 

Contest starts today and will end Monday. Winner announced Tuesday or Wednesday
How to win? Easy breezy:

1. Be a public follower and leave a comment here (for you non-bloggers, you can leave me a note on FB.) I would LOVE IT if you would share your favorite Thanksgiving dish or recipe. Help me build my arsenal.

Additional Turkey Time love? You know I have some for you:

1. "Like" Let's have a cocktail on Facebook. This easy  (1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter like so  (1 entry)
3. Give a little Twitter Turkey call about the giveaway and send me the link. You can do this daily for one entry per day.
4. Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to me. Leave me your link to show the post. (2 entries)
Looking forward to a great holiday season. I hope you are too. 
Cheers, 
JennyMac


And Happy Veteran's Day to the tremendous group of men and women who have served our country and to those who don a uniform every day to protect my freedoms. Amen.

46 comments:

Cara Smith said...

I'm not a great cook...I leave most of that to my husband, but I love that this has ideas for decor also!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Nice post. Sounds like a very happy holiday is about to happen in your home. Enjoy!

the walking man said...

Thanksgiving? I thought that was already past. I was in Walgreens yesterday and they are all decked out for Christmas and playing not stop Christmas music.



JennyM isn't 1485 enough followers already? Is there a prize at the end of some rainbow I haven't heard about yet?

And finally your welcome it was my pleasure to serve while you were in diapers.

Simply Suthern said...

We used to go to mom and dads for thanksgiving. There was no discussion. It was just what you did. Since mom has been ill we have rotated it around to my sisters and I. It's a great time. It is a tad overwhelming when they hand over the Thanksgiving meal to you. I can taste the Hash Brown cassarole and turkey sauce already.

Kelli said...

Favorite recipe? Emeril has a pie recipe that's a twist on the classic pecan, I think it's called Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie.
It's delish. You must try.
(public follower, yada, yada, yada)

Intense Guy said...

I'd love to win "a seat" at JennyMac's Thanksgiving table...

:)

Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

I would never be trusted to make Thanksgiving dinner...I am usually passed out drunk by noon

Eva Gallant said...

Throw me in the hat for this drawing. I'm a fowllower! What a great giveaway!

citymouse said...

I host Christmas dinner and always cook the turkey for Thanksgiving, even though we celebrate it at my sister's house. My one tip of all tips is to brine the turkey. It is superior to any other turkey you will eat. Alton Brown's recipe works like a charm. My one other piece of advice... don't try too many new & improved recipes. I've been there, done that. You will spend literally all day cooking and it isn't always appreciated. Maybe just introduce one or two variations and keep the rest of the menu traditional. Good luck.

Yankee Girl said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, mostly because I love the four day weekend. Love this giveaway!

And of course I follow!

sweethomeamy said...

Oh I love WS Thanksgiving recipes!! I used their turkey brine two years ago, actually, and it was ah-mazing.

Here's my recipe for turkey:
http://abeginnercook.blogspot.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-cooking.html
My recipe for gravy:
http://abeginnercook.blogspot.com/2008/11/herb-gravy.html
And finally, the potatoes:
http://abeginnercook.blogspot.com/2008/11/parmesan-black-pepper-smashed-potatoes.html

I "liked" you on FB, and follow your twitter!

xoxox

Paul said...

Thanksgiving was my mother's favorite holiday-it has a lot of good memories for me ... By the way I put your blog on my blogroll...:-)

Doula said...

I liked the Facebook page!! I too am having Thanksgiving at my home this year. My family demands the traditional feast, but I am hoping to make it more modern as well!
Good Luck!

Delilah said...

This is the best, best, best, best, BEST green bean casserole ever. Hands down. I've never met anybody who didn't agree, even those who usually don't like the dish. You use fresh beans, make the sauce yourself (think sauteeing portabellas with sherry and cream mmmm) and I usually make the sauce the day before, then toss with the beans, add the topping then throw in the oven on Turkey Day. It has the same tastes as a regular gbc, nothing crazy, but pretty much every part of it oozes gourmet:

http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2006/11/worlds-best-green-bean-casserole.html


Another serious weapon in my arsenal is this punch:
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp whole cloves, and 3 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Boil, then simmer for 10-12 minutes. Cool, then strain, discarding the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Mix syrup with 2 quarts cranberry juice, 1 46-oz can pineapple juice, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 2 quarts ginger ale.

I really don't know where the recipe came from, so I can't take credit. It's the most amazing punch ever, it SO tastes like fall, but in a very good way. I did edit it once for a christmas party, replacing some of the cranberry juice with red wine, some of the ginger ale with a dry champagne, and adding in nearly a whole bottle of cranberry vodka. The cinnamon/clove syrup you make is so strong that you can get away with putting a lot of things in. It hardly tasted like alcohol and really got the job done, haha.

Hope I earned an entry! ;)

MommaAmma said...

And wouldn't I just love to share a special recipe with you! But unfortunately I was raised by a single dad so canned cranberry and Stovetop don't count. If I had a fancy cookbook to help guide me toward a classier meal...

And I do like you on FB also.

And bless you for your shout out to our Vets. You are the do-it-all woman and you never cease to amaze me!

Barbaloot said...

My mom still hosts Thanksgiving---and it's one of my favorite holidays. The day itself is great, leading up to it is great, and the follow-up of Christmas is amazing.

Tay Talk said...

The moment I read 'Willimas-Sonoma' I smiled. I love Thanksgiving with all my heart. At our house it is truly a big deal. My parents invite all those that don't have a place to go. It is a special day for many. And the food...oh the food! Glorious!

Here are some rolls that I have not yet cooked but have had. YUM.

http://www.lemonpoppycake.com/

Amalie said...

I wish I had a recipe to share, but I am a public follower!

Amalie said...

and I like you on facebook.

obladi oblada said...

Mmm...chipotle mashed potatoes sound wonderful! My favorite Thankgiving dishes are homemade cranberries with fresh cranberries, orange juice and sugar. And I make pumpkin pies with vanilla ice cream baked in as part of the ingredients.

Kristy M (Go FSU!) said...

I wish I could be at your house for Thanksgiving. I want to see MiniMac sing with his new microphone stand. PS: I am good at duets. And I want to hear him say Simmmmma Down now to his Uncle.

I am not a blogger but I already like you on FB.

Little Ms J said...

Thanksgiving and Christmas are when I become domesticated. Like a feral cat. I make a deelish cranberry sauce with cinnamon sticks and orange peel, the best apple pie you've ever tasted and fry up a mean turkey. Granted, I have no recipes of my own, but Better Homes and Gardens gave me an apple pie that makes my sister in law call me, "Can you make two pies this year? I really like having it for breakfast," and the internet make my inlaws fight over the white turkey meat. So, in short... hand over that book, sister!

I am now following you on Twitter and liking you on FB.

KittyCat said...

Did I say you stink? Just messin.
It is freezing here.
I am so not a winter person.
I also am having a hard time getting into the spirit of the holidays.

I need help.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

I am a follower AND I posted about your giveaway. :o)

http://crochetinmotorcyclegranny.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway-over-at-jenni-macs.html

Annah said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite! More than Christmas even. I always have a pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday potluck party with about forty friends and it is FAB! We all dress up and I feel very Vogue-y. Even if I'm broke as hell.

Enjoy!

Paper Bag Maid said...

Since we have a very large family in town (40 plus for dinner) we always do a potluck with the grandparents in charge of the turkey. My new favourite recipes from this year were roasted carrots covered with a whiskey maple glaze and bourbon mashed potatoes.

Have a great time with your family over the holidays.

Maria said...

You had me at Williams and Sonoma. And Thanksgiving? Food and gratitude, surrounded by family and friends? What's not to like! ...Oh, yeah. I forgot. The crazy relatives who have been drinking since noon...My bad.

Julia said...

Ooh I'd like that book! I LOVE Willams-Sonoma!

My mom makes a great stewed cranberry and kumquat sauce - it's so easy to make! Just add a little sugar and stew away! And it has like one billion percent of your vitamin C for the day!

webb said...

Sounds like a good time will be had by all. I love to make spicy cranberry sauce. Will have to look it up and send to you tomorrow or over the weekend.

webb said...

I forgot two things: I am a public follower and Williams-Sonoma is only one word!

Mighty M said...

The cookbook looks wonderful!

Suz said...

Cookbook sounds great! I follow with GFC.

Suz said...

I follow you on twitter. I'm @scbrown929.

brainella said...

If you knew how much money I spent at Wm Sonoma the other day, you'd give me that cookbook. :)

DaisyGal said...

I am NO COOK...seriously.
However, I'm so excited for you and your first THANKSGIVING, that is going to be such a nice time.

I love entertaining myself (too bad I'm not such a good cook...LOL) and Ilove having people in my house too. I know you'll be an awesome host. :)

Gobble, gobble.

Impulsive Addict said...

I would LOVE to add that cookbook to my collection! I also followed you on twitter!

secret agent woman said...

Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite fall things to make.

AKing said...

Love Paula Dean's Pumpkin Trifle

Foxy said...

Mmm! Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday - after Halloween. Both of those holidays give me a great excuse to eat all the carbs I want.

Liza said...

I've never tried this recipe, but may do so this year. I won't bother grilling the beans though. Just blanch them the day before and prepare the vinagrette and chill in a container. Bring the beans out of the fridge on T-Day and let them come to room temp. Heat up the vinagrette in the microwave and drizzle over the beans. Whatever you can do ahead of time will help!
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/GrilledGreenBeans.htm

Babes Mami said...

I follow you! I have never cooked thanksgiving, this is my first year!
smartinez03 at live dot com

Babes Mami said...

I like you on facebook
smartinez03 at live dot com

Babes Mami said...

I follow you on twitter as babesrockinmami
smartinez03 at live dot com

lee said...

make the room complete. background music creates a great ambiance. play some cool jazz if you like them, or christmas music if you hate them. be sure to light candles, as you are now an adult and can play with fire.

secret agent woman said...

This is the recipe I use to make butternut squash soup:
http://undergroundagent.blogspot.com/2008/02/back-in-kitchen.html

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