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Monday, November 21, 2022

Week 759 Menu + Thanksgiving!

You know what is amazing about having family live nearby, something we’ve never had until two years ago? Thanksgiving cooking help! Not only do I not have to cook everything, but we get even more food. It’s a dream.

Top view of sliced roasted turkey using spatchcock method


  • NO IDEA. We are painting our kitchen, which has to get done before our floors start getting ripped out on Saturday, plus, you know, Thanksgiving. Our cupboards are currently bare and I have no idea when we’ll get to the store. Good luck, Maynard children!



  • Leftovers + floors getting ripped out kicking off a week of pure insanity…but no more cream-colored carpet! Woohoo!

Share your menus for the week! And definitely share your Thanksgiving plans along with links to recipes if you have them. Can’t wait to see what everyone has cooking!


  1. 1

    Sounds like some deliciousness in the midst of the remodeling. I hope it all goes well and you get the kitchen of your dreams!

    We’re continuing to clean out our fridge before the big day.

    Sunday-Tuesday: Leftover steak burritos
    Wednesday: Grilled cheese (or other leftovers)

    For feast day, we’re having:

    Bacon-wrapped turkey
    Sliced ham
    Mashed potatoes
    String beans and bacon
    Sweet potatoes with apples
    Cranberry sauce
    Cranberry relish
    Caramel apple cheesecake pie
    Magical chocolate chess pie

    Friday: Split pea soup
    Saturday: More leftovers!

  2. 2
    Kim from PA

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sun: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, salad
    Mon: Southwest omelettes
    Tue: Chicken parmesan meatballs, kale caesar salad, tuscan bread
    Wed: Hoagies
    Thu: Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. This year I’m making dinner rolls, scallion cornbread with honey butter, Thanksgiving corn, honey glazed roasted carrots, sweet potato souffle, and chocolate cobbler
    Fri & Sat: Leftovers

  3. 3
    Greg H.

    Sun: Smoked salmon fettuccine alfredo
    Mon: Chicken teriyaki (from Just One Cookbook blog), inari sushi, bok choy
    Tues and Wed: winging it
    Thurs: Spatchcocked smoked turkey (probably dry rub and maybe mopped with vinegar), candied yams, French onion mac & cheese, artichokes braised in white wine and mint, green bean casserole, stuffing, corn pudding, cranberry and pear sauce, pumpkin pie, caramel & nutmeg ganache macarons
    Fri: leftovers
    Sat: Our annual Chinese tamale-making adventure: the kids want to learn the recipe for future years, so my mom agreed to do it one more time

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Greg H.

      The night before Thanksgiving, Jane, I decided to do a dry brine instead. I think that’ll be the way to go every year from now on. It was incredibly moist and very happy how it smoked. So much easier than a wet brine.

    • I can’t tell you how glad I am I tried the dry brine so many years ago – so much easier and I think even more effective! Glad you gave it a try, yay!

  4. We only have 4 of us for thanksgiving, but everyone insisted on the full treatment still. All my vegetables are prepped and pie dough is made for the big day!

    Sunday: leftovers

    Monday : breakfast for dinner (toad in the hole and bacon( and roasted broccoli

    Tuesday: Asian salmon

    Wednesday: clear out the fridge night

    Cranberry Sauce
    Cornbread Stuffing
    Mashed Potatoes
    Green bean casserole
    Pumpkin pie (Libby’s recipe….of course!)
    Pie Dough
    Wine from our local wine store

    Friday-Sunday: leftovers!

  5. 5

    Happy Thanksgiving! We’re hosting family this year.
    Good luck with the remodel, that is a lot!

    Monday: Penne a la Vodka and Asparagus

    Tuesday: Ziti al Forno and Broccoli

    Wednesday: Arancini, Sauce and Brussels Sprouts

    Thursday–Jane’s turkey–the best! Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Rolls, Corn, Bacon Green Beans, Orange Cranberry Sauce, Deviled Eggs, Veggie Tray, Honey Mustard Glazed Ham, Stuffing, Sugar Cookies, Sweet Potato Praline Pie and Cranberry Pistachio Pie

    Friday & Saturday: Left Overs

    Sunday: Roasted Sausages, Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Salad

  6. 6

    Have fun with the remodel. We had ours done a few years ago and it was so worth it. Grocery deli take-out is your best friend.

    Sun: leftover pot roast, vegs
    Mon: oven bbq chicken, leftover butternut
    Tues: bratwurst, leftover fries, asparagus
    Wed: taco bowl, leftover beans and rice
    Thu: dinner with friends, taking cranberry fruit salad
    Fri: turkey breast, mixed root vegs, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, gravy, deviled eggs
    Sat: cocktail party with friends, maybe tortilla soup afterward
    Sun: sublime turkey and bacon club sandwiches on croissants

  7. Have fun with the renovation. We had ours done a few years ago, and it was well worth the money. Take-out from the grocery store or deli is your best buddy.

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