Have you been thinking about your holiday menu?

I’m starting my menu today. My process is something like this…

I sit down at my kitchen table, feeling creative– pen and paper in hand. I begin by sketching circles on my paper representing each dish.

I’m very visual… so when I draw out my table I’m able to see how my foods look together-do they pair well, how are more colors, textures, and do I have something for everyone?

This approach really works well for me…my other senses come a live and I smell the turkey, taste the cranberries, see the smoothness of the mashed potatoes, and hear the movement of the room…. when all that comes together I know I have the right mix!

My Menu…



Baked Brie cheese with toasted almonds and fig jam

Peeled Clementine’s

First Course

Roasted butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds

Main Course

Roast Turkey

Whole Cranberry/ orange sauce

Pan roasted Brussels sprouts w/ with caramelized shallots

Mashed potatoes

Sweet potatoes with marshmallow (aunt Ruth’s)

Challah and cornbread stuffing.

Simple mixed leafy greens with vinaigrette dressing

Did I leave anything out?