I Ate Too Much

This weekend was about spending time with friends and family, filling up on some amazing food and reminiscing about all the things that we are thankful to have in our lives.  We tend to spend a lot of time sharing stories and memories, filling our homes with laughter and smiles.  The feeling of being together with family and friends helps one to relax and really enjoy their time.


We do all that until we hear from the kitchen, “Thanksgiving diner is served – get up here and dish up.”

Ah, what a beautiful song that sounds like as we all dish up our plates full of goodness.  There are traditional Thanksgiving Turkey’s with all the sides and other more specialized meals.  Below are just a couple of our favourite Thanksgiving dishes and desserts:

1. Go with your traditional or favourite roasted turkey.  You can’t go wrong with this staple.  Just be sure to make it you.  Add some of your spice and life to it.  I did that once – my first time doing turkey dinner when I moved for college – I cooked the turkey, traditionally, the wrong way down (who knew there was a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ way) and well… it was the best damn turkey I have ever had.  My taste buds tend to go towards the ham and dark meat.

Photography by Tara Donne

2. Try something a bit different from the regular scalp or mashed potatoes. Try baked mashed potatoes with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  Want to take it up a notch?  Try adding bacon bits, green onions, mozzarella cheese and a garlic and chive cream cheese.  Yummy!

3. How about a little twist on apple crisp and vanilla ice cream?  No matter how full our bellies get, we always have time for a little desert.  Whip up your favourite apple crisp recipe, add some yummy fall pears and add your own brilliance.  Try adding a small amount of cranberry for that autumn taste and colour?  Top off with some walnuts or cinnamon-coated apple & pear peal rinds and fresh cranberry jam on vanilla ice cream.  Delightful!


4. But wait, we can’t forget one of Thanksgiving’s favourites.  Good old pumpkin pie… just like grandma made it.  Maybe it was from the supermarket, but we could never tell.  Want to create your own ‘Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie’?  Try adding fresh dark chocolate flakes in the mixture.  Lightly (very) drizzle all-Canadian natural maple syrup and top with icing-sugar.  I think that would be any kids dream and maybe convert some of those haters into lovers.  Still not getting those taste buds sweating?  Try a Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake…. either way,  I’d eat it!

Okay, so these are just a couple of things we all shared over the beautifully fall weekend.  You might have missed out or never thought of our unique ideas.  Remember, there is always next year!  And keep following our blog for more of StandOut’s team’s favourite holidays meals.


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