Thanksgiving 2000 Menu

As you can probably tell, we make way too much food! Check out our Thanksgiving Escapades to find out how we do it. You’ll note that each recipe below is rated with one to four asterisks. The more asterisks it has, the better it came out!

Appetizers

Main Course, Stuffings, and Sauces

  • Turkey with a spice crust and gravy made from drippings, from the November/December 2000 issue of Weight Watchers magazine. (But without the stuffing from that recipe.) We ended up using the turkey-cooking directions from the “Good Eats” TV show, which can now be found in Alton Brown’s “I’m Just Here for the Food” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)***
  • Spiced Peach Gravy, from “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****
  • Andouille Smoked Sausage Dressing, from “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****
  • Cornbread Dressing, from “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen”, with extra vegetables (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****
  • Strawberry Mustard Sauce, from “Nicole Routhier’s Fruit Cookbook” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****
  • Cranberry, Ginger and Lemon Chutney, from “Thanksgiving 101” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)***

Beverages (in addition to store-bought things)

  • Eggnog, from “Bon Appetit: the Christmas Season” — We made it a little less fattening by using less heavy cream, waiting for the eggnog to cool a bit, and then substituting in fat-free half-and-half for the missing heavy cream (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****

Breads

  • Parmesan-Garlic Sourdough Bread***
  • Pumpkin Apple Muffins, from “Mad About Muffins”–leave off the streusel topping for a less dessert-like muffin (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****
  • Buttermilk Biscuits, from the Food TV show “Good Eats” — recipe available in their online archive last I checked. Use that recipe, not the one in Alton’s new baking book.

Side Dishes

  • Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic, from the November/December 2000 issue of Weight Watchers Magazine. *** (doesn’t keep well)
  • Artichoke and Broccoli Casserole with Mushroom Sauce, from “The Big Book of Casseroles” (Buy from Amazon)***
  • Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad, from “Wok” (Buy from Amazon)*
  • Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup, from “Thanksgiving 101” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)***
  • Fruit pickles, from the Food TV show “Good Eats” — recipe available in their online archive last I checked.****
  • A wild-and-white rice dish, made from a package sold by Indian Harvest**
  • Mashed Potato Casserole, from “Thanksgiving 101” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)***

Desserts

  • Frozen Pumpkin Torte, from the November/December 2000 issue of Weight Watchers Magazine. ***
  • Pineapple and Orange Sorbet, also from the November/December 2000 issue of Weight Watchers Magazine. ***
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding and Caramel Rum Raisin Sauce, from a recipe posted at Cooking.com
  • Pecan Pie Ice Cream, from “The Ultimate Ice Cream Book” (Buy from Amazon or read our review)****

Books and magazines we used repeatedly:

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