Thanksgiving Menu (cont.): Edamame, Celery and Fennel Salad with Candied Lemon

This crunchy salad is very unusual, in a good way I mean. On the Thanksgiving dinner table, it was kind of inferior to other awesome dishes. Seriously, who would choose to eat salad when the table was full of crispy roasted turkey, deviled eggs,…? The salad should have received more credits thanks to its unexpected combination … Continue reading Thanksgiving Menu (cont.): Edamame, Celery and Fennel Salad with Candied Lemon

Thanksgiving Menu (cont.): Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney

This sauce has a great balance between sweet and sour, and goes very well with the roasted turkey. The recipe below is already scaled down from the original one to supply a reasonable amount to 10 people. Trust me, with the quantity in the original recipe, you could invite the whole neighborhood. Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney … Continue reading Thanksgiving Menu (cont.): Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney

Thanksgiving Menu: Cider-brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon

We have a group of newly arrived, young, energetic, smart, and very fun buddies at work. This is their first year in America, and (drum roll please) their very first Thanksgiving! They were excited. As an adamant cook, I boasted to them: you guys will have the most memorable Thanksgiving dinner ever! At that time, … Continue reading Thanksgiving Menu: Cider-brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon