Continuing our theme of re-using leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving from last week, today we bring you the simplest day after Thanksgiving day lunch - the PB and cranberry! A lot of recipes that use Thanksgiving day leftovers, like this breakfast hash and this turkey and mushroom risotto, require you to go back into the kitchen and turn on the stove, which is the last thing I feel like doing after hosting such a big meal. I'm usually tired, extremely lazy and maybe just a little bit too hungover to make such intricate dishes the next day. I also generally don't feel like eating a huge lunch following such an indulgent dinner. Enter a new twist on an old classic.
Swapping in cranberry sauce for jelly is the perfect way to use leftovers without having to put on an apron again or just reheat the same meal you had the night before. It's easy, fast and filling. You could even pack it as a lunch to eat while taking a break from elbowing your way through a mall, if you're into that sort of thing. It's the perfect leftover meal suitable for kids to grandparents. The tart and sweet taste of cranberries is nice change up from the regular ol' PB and J we are used to. Plus, isn't it so pretty? The vibrant red color against the peanut butter just looks more classy and festive than the classic jam variety.
I like to eat mine, open-faced, but you could smush them together if you wanted. You could even shmear some leftover cranberry sauce on a bagel with cream cheese for an easy breakfast as well.
What's your go-to meal using Thanksgiving leftovers?
(Let it be known, if anyone wanted to make one those more complicated leftovers dishes for me while I nap, I'm down.)
(all photos via jamie grill photography)
It seems like stores these days can never live in the moment. It's hard to find seasonal decor for the current holiday because the next holiday decorations have already arrived. I went shopping yesterday and noticed Christmas music was playing in almost every store. I wanted to shout, "slow down people, it's not even Thanksgiving yet!" But it's so easy to get swept up in the hubub of the next big holiday instead of focusing on the present one - I even found myself humming some classic carols when I got home. So in an effort to live in the present, here are a few of our favorite recipes, crafts and Turkey Day essentials to help you get in the Thanksgiving Day spirit! It's a favorite holiday of ours and deserves it's own moment in the sun.
- Maple Bourbon Smash
- New England Express - a great party punch to make in advance
- Beyond the OJ Mimosa's for watching the parade in the morning
- Jack Rose Cocktail
- White Wine Holiday Glögg
- Apple Cider Mimosas
- Autumn Pear Moscow Mule
- Bourbon Ginger
- Holiday mocktails for your pregnant or abstaining guests
- Spicy Beer Punch
- Leftover Cranberry Sauce and Vodka Cocktail (A Bourbon version is coming tomorrow!)
- How to properly set a table
- A 40's inspired Thanksgiving Day playlist to listen to while you cook and dance in the kitchen or while you eat
- A gravy boat for every table
- Festive Wine bags in case you are in charge of bringing the wine
- An adorable Grocery Bag that will make those last minute runs to a crowded supermarket more bearable
- A genius tip for peeling garlic! (seriously, a game changer!)
- Pretty flowers to send to family faraway
- A great gift to bring to a hostess
- A water filter pretty enough for the Thanksgiving Day table
- and a trio of beautiful cheese boards
Hope this gets everyone in the mood for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities. Let's remember to slow down and give thanks for everything we have this year before breaking out the tinsel.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)
Now that Halloween has come and gone, we are full speed ahead to the holidays! Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it! Since Sunday I've been dreaming of turkey, yams, green beans and pie, but really, the star of Thanksgiving, for me, is the gravy. I pour it on everything - potatoes, turkey, stuffing, rolls and anything else it happens to drip on. You can hardly see what I have on my plate at Thanksgiving, it just looks like a big puddle of gravy! While many people think the gravy boat is on the way out, I disagree, and think the star of the meal should get the special spot on the table it deserves. No holiday table is complete without the gravy boat! The best thing about gravy boats is that they don't have to match the rest of your dinnerware - they are unique enough to stand on their own and make a statement. Whether that statement is whimsical or modern and designy, there is a gravy boat for everyone.
Here are a few that caught my eye...
How good does this mushroom and thyme vegetarian gravy look? That's right, I said vegetarian - no meat drippings required! It looks so delicious that it could please your meat-loving uncle and your vegetarian sister. Also, where can I find that gorgeous gravy bowl?!
What's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
(photos via stores and gravy photo via Food52)