Friday Round-up: Thanksgiving Edition!

November 22nd, 2013 · 15 Comments · Uncategorized

How to make your pies prettier, circa 1959. (Finding this story is so Victoria Granof. And so awesome.)

If I get wind of any of you bolting from your family’s Thanksgiving table to go shopping, you are hereby firewalled from DALS.

A Thanksgivukkah take on the Leftover Sandwich.

Roast Cauliflower (or any Thanksgiving vegetable) would look so pretty on this stunning serving platter.

{Related: I finally upgraded my pie dishes from Pyrex to Emile Henry.}

Not that I’ll ever do this with my Thanksgiving leftovers, but all you ambitious arty types probably will.

A sweet tablecloth I’m bringing for my sister the host (Lynn: Don’t look!), one of Bon App‘s 27 Best.

I’ll also be bringing a few copies of The Thing About Luck (Grades 5-9) for my nieces and nephews, which just won a National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category. (Owen, Nathan, Alison and Amanda: Don’t look!)

{PS: Phoebe felt that Boxers & Saints, another nominee, wuz robbed.}

A dying woman’s cooking instructions to her husband: “Knives sharp. Ingredients out. Read the damn recipe.” (But so much more.)

I’m a purist when it comes to mashed potatoes (milk, butter, maybe Parm) but if I wasn’t, I might go in the casserole direction.

Big road trip? Little kids? Music that will keep everyone sane.

The five most delicious food moments in children’s literature.

Polenta-Sausage Wedges – for next Thursday and every Thursday following it.

This spicy, comfort-y Khao Soi soup is very much my speed. (Another story: Is it my childrens’ speed?) As is this Spicy Chicken weeknight number. Both look like they’d be great vehicles for leftover turkey.

Most likely I’ll be chronicling everything — from the make-ahead cornbread through the turkey to the leftovers — on instagram. Have a great holiday!


PS: Need a speaker for your next school/holiday/community event? I’m officially here for you. Let’s talk!

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jennifer P // Nov 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Just wanted people to know that you can buy the Kindle edition of Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving book for $1.99 on Amazon great deal on a great book

  • 2 Carlinne @Cook with 2 Chicks // Nov 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Great round-up. I absolutely love the graphics for a prettier pie. How lucky any school/community would be to hear you speak. Happy Friday!

  • 3 Brandi // Nov 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Anyone that tries to go shopping on Thanksgiving day in my house will be barred from future Thanksivings. Also it shows they did not drink or eat enough, and I want my guests stuffed and tipsy. This should prevent them from leaving in the first place! Love the roundup.

  • 4 Reynaul // Nov 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Great roundup this week! Love the tablecloth!


  • 5 Jesse // Nov 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    you always manage to link to things i always want to read or know about. need that sandwich and tablecloth stat.

  • 6 Karen Dwyer // Nov 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I must say your daughters have very sophisticated taste in books!! Love that! Anyway happy thanksgiving from Canada where we’ve already celebrated ours’!


  • 7 Reynaul // Nov 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Forgot to add per-ordered your book! Can’t wait for August to get here!

  • 8 Awards // Nov 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve just ordered 5 copies of DALS to give as hostess and baby shower/new parent gifts. I own a lot of cookbooks, but DALS has gotten more use than the others combined! Thank you!

  • 9 Awads // Nov 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Oops. My handle was messed up above!

  • 10 Gayle // Nov 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Amen to the ban on Thanksgiving shopping. It cannot be said too many times. I just saw an article in our local paper where the hostess lamented the fact that her mother and sister got up from dinner mid-way through and left to shop. Rude beyond belief. And not a way to show gratitude for the day, the hostess, or life’s blessings.

  • 11 Susan // Nov 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Just FYI, The Thing About Luck is grades 5-9, not ages 5-9 (I clicked through thinking it might be good for a 6 year old I know!).

  • 12 Jenny // Nov 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    @Susan, thanks for the catch! My apologies if I misled anyone out there. It’s all fixed now.

  • 13 Leisha // Nov 28, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Road trip music – must include (Grammy award-winning) The Okee Dokee Bothers…. So great.

  • 14 Trish // Dec 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    First, the NYT essay was beautiful. Second, All Of a Kind Family was my favorite when I was a kid. Great round up.

  • 15 Jeff Bridges // Dec 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

    Richard Whately

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