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Turkeyless Thanksgiving for the Junior Pilgrims: Sides FTW

Gentle readers, if one wants to start a fight, threaten the national bird of Thanksgiving. There are few holidays that cause more passionate feelings around the table than this yearly feast. New-fangled ideas are generally not welcome. Such was the hue and cry around my declaration that the unconventional Practical Cooks Junior would not be having turkey this year.

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Cookie Craft Completed.

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Cookie Craft Completed.

They are both now declared vegetarians, and they plan to thank turkeys by keeping them alive. Truthfully, and lean in close here, I have always preferred the side dishes at Thanksgiving over the turkey. In the debate of turkey vs. sides, we pit a typically dry, flavorless bird against an infinite variety of starch and veg. How is that a fair fight?

Voila! Pumpkin Coconut Pudding with a Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust is born!

Voila! Pumpkin Coconut Pudding with a Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust is born!

For my good friend Dr. Tweeter, why not serve a virtual bird, hmm? Augment the reality of that turkey. We will have pictures of turkeys, and there will be a chicken casserole for those who wish to partake. Meanwhile, I have been given license to go wild on the side dishes. Thanks, I think I will.

Here’s the rough Thanksgiving menu, still in progress:

Chicken casserole
Homemade cranberry sauce (I adore this stuff, and turkey has always been merely a vector for it)
Turnip/mustard greens
Pea casserole
Fruit salad
Macaroni and cheese
Corn pudding
Acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, dried cranberries, and mushrooms
Sweet potato casserole
Bread

Desserts will hopefully include a pumpkin pie, cherry pie, and spice cake of some stripe. I would add brownies to the mix, but then I would just find a reason to be overly thankful for them.

Turbaconducken FTW!

Turbaconducken FTW!

In all fairness, and with my extensive knowledge of Fried, I have never had deep-fried turkey. I’m sure I would like it. Or bacon-wrapped turkey (as shown here). Until such moment that one of these arrives at my doorstep, it’s turkey-free Thanksgiving for the extended Team Practical Cook.

Where do you stand in the turkey vs sides debate? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

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Weekly Menus: Week of 11/11/2012

Gentle Readers, apologies for the delayed post today, there are a couple of good reasons. First, it’s fall, and time for school germs to be passed as freely as cat pictures on the internet. We are not immune here at TPC. Second, Sunday morning is pancake time, and the highly experimental nature of our work takes time.

Fall Harvest Pancakes: Pumpkin Pancakes with Apples and Pecans

Fall Harvest Pancakes: Pumpkin Pancakes with Apples and Pecans

From a blissful autumnal carb high, please find the weekly menus for the week:

Weekly Menus: 11/11/2012

Weekly Menus: 11/11/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

 

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/11/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/11/2012

Which all translates to:

Sunday: Soup and sammies
Perfect cool weather mildly sick comfort food. Thanks for the multiple chicken soup offers, I’m challenged by the Juniors to make this vegetarian style. Look for mushroom noodle soup soon.

Tortellini in Mushroom Broth with Spinach

Tortellini in Mushroom Broth with Spinach

Monday: Pasta?
Depending on the health and contagion, we have invited ourselves to dinner with a friend. Yes, Team Practical Cook is dedicated to field research, including your house. En garde.

Tuesday: Salad Bar
My unending effort to use up bits and pieces of what’s in the house. Serve it with a side of cheese toast and call it a meal.

Wednesday: Baked Potato Bar
Here’s one I haven’t done lately. Curious to see how the Juniors respond. It’s a great way to use up a little bit of chili or a lot of bacon. Oh wait, that’s just me.

Thankful for Twice-Baked Potatoes

Thankful for Twice-Baked Potatoes

Thursday: Polenta
Back by popular demand, this will either be with mushrooms, spinach, and egg, or perhaps kale, avocado, egg, and black beans. To be determined.

Friday: Legs
I’m tempted to simply not explain this one. However, I will tell you I have travel plans. Plans to eat for 3 days straight in an undisclosed location, curated by someone whose ability to eat multiple dinners rivals my own.

Saturday: Dine Out!
As per the above, it’s field research time.

What’s on your menu this week? Post a comment below, or Tweet!

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Coming up Wednesday: Portobello Mushroom Burgers, Vegetarian Meat.

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Weekly Menus: Week of 9/2/2012

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is barely able to recognize her own kitchen. It seems like I haven’t seen it all summer. But school is in, time for school lunch prep, class snack, and quick dinners.

Don't overlook the afterschool snack!

Don’t overlook the afterschool snack!

One quick note. Don’t overlook the power of the post-school snack. I remember well my Granny leaving out a snack every day when I came home from school. It’s a time to unwind, relax, reconnect. Take the time to put something out, or use that time to finish what didn’t get eaten in the lunchbox.

And now, Weekly Menus for this week:

Weekly Menus: 9/2/2012

Weekly Menus: 9/2/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/2/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/2/2012

Which translates into:

Sunday: Indian Food
We shall see what this is. Probably a simple dal and rice. Potentially some bread or a green.

Monday: Salmon and Greens
Not sure if the Eldest will eat fish, but the Youngest is a fan. Working through how to serve this as a single meal without becoming a short-order cook.

Tuesday: Soup and Salad
Lots of small leftovers. I can make soup for lunchboxes too!

Wednesday: Eggy Pasta
We’ve been relying on pasta with some form of protein added in. The favorite is eggy pasta, a riff on carbonara. I know the purists will shoot me down for the lack of bacon, but so be it.

Thursday: Burritos
Sweet potatoes, black beans, and the inevitable bit of leftover rice.

Friday: Pork Chops, Pierogies, Greens
Theory here is the pierogies and greens (plus applesauce) will be enough of a meal without the pork chop for the Eldest. To be determined.

Saturday: Dine Out!

What’s your go-to weeknight meal? Any vegetarian favorites? Share your comments below!

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On Wednesday, The Art of Leftover Surprise.

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