Preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner—Old Traditions or New?

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

The last Thursday in November is sneaking up quickly, and that means many folks are scrambling to plan menus and gather ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast, or simply trying to decide on a side dish or dessert to bring along to another’s. For a few talented cooks, this is fun and easy; for others, a little guidance and some great recipes save the day, especially when guests have special dietary needs. For these folks we’ve found a few resources to get your search started, as well as to pique your appetite…

Planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but not sure exactly how to roast that turkey, or looking for a new spin on stuffing or cranberry sauce? Wired has put together a fun guide that gathers together a variety of recipes and techniques to fit anyone’s budget, time limitations, or kitchen skills. They’ve even graphed out the recipes from foodnetwork.com by how difficult the preparation is and how much time it takes. It’s a great launching pad for a customized menu! Check it out here. Continue reading

A Special Thanksgiving Retreat in Meredith Village

Come to the Lakes Region this year for a nice old-fashioned Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  An extended getaway to a quaint NH village is the perfect way to honor the season of the harvest and give quiet thanks for the important things in life, and the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls are offering a unique package to help you savor a relaxing and full Thanksgiving experience.

The Thanksgiving Village Retreat includes two nights accommodations, a grand Thanksgiving day buffet with all the traditional trimmings prepared by Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, late afternoon turkey sandwiches in the lobbies of Church Landing and Mill Falls, breakfast each morning at one of the Inns’ restaurants, and a discount coupon booklet to the Mill Falls Marketplace.  There are also big-screen TVs in the cozy Church Landing lobby for watching the big football game!

With the delicious food, quiet atmosphere, and no clean up, you can enjoy a laid-back Thanksgiving with your loved ones, then start your holiday shopping in the Marketplace, where you will find a much more relaxed experience than at the big box stores and malls.

For more information and reservations, click here or call the Inns at 800-622-6455.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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Some Thanksgiving Poems to Share with Family and Friends

Happy ThanksgivingFrom the Poetry Foundation:

Thanksgiving is America’s harvest festival—a time to acknowledge the help of family and friends, and a reminder of what a gift it is to be alive. It’s a day to overindulge in the here and now, even as we reflect on the past. In other words, it’s the perfect holiday for poetry! While a barn full of winter stock and a home overrun with family and friends does not fit with our popular conception of the poet as solitary brooder, these poems show that the occasion has provided poets—from Harriet Maxwell Converse in the 19th century to Elizabeth Alexander in the 21st—with plenty of food for thought. Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.

Toasts and Prayers

A Thanksgiving to God, for his House By Robert Herrick

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson

The Thanksgivings By Harriet Maxwell Converse

Thanksgiving By Edgar Albert Guest

Family, Food, and Fellowship

Butter By Elizabeth Alexander

Family Reunion By Maxine W. Kumin

Perhaps the World Ends Here By Joy Harjo

Stomackes By Albert Goldbarth

Thanksgiving Magic By Rowena Bastin Bennett

Yam By Bruce Guernsey

Totem By Eamon Grennan

Read the whole article:  poetryfoundation.org

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