A Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Menu

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow already?

Ten years ago, this would have totally freaked me out. I would have made a master list with all the TO DO’s, like polishing the silver and ironing the tablecloth.

Now I’m lucky if I even use a tablecloth, let alone iron it!

But I would get myself so worked up about every little detail being perfect, everyone having their favorite dishes, all the kids being dressed nicely, that I just didn’t enjoy myself. By the time dinner rolled around I was completely exhausted. While I ate I was already thinking about all the cleaning up I had to do.

Something had to give, and I didn’t want it to be my sanity!

It took me a few years to learn that less really is more, and that NOBODY has more fun on Thanksgiving, especially me, if I stress myself out.

I spend the entire month of November making some of my favorite dishes, and then that way when the big day rolls around I can concentrate on our favorites, the ones that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without.

This is what’ll be on my table tomorrow:

Danish Blue Cheese and Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Roasted Butter Herb Turkey with Gravy


Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Candied Bacon Bits

Skillet Stuffing

Glazed Carrots

Grean Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette (youmight notice a theme with the bacon…)

Light and Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Cranberry Sauce

The Perfect Apple Pie

David Lebovitz’s Homemade Vanilla Ie Cream

What dish is a must have on your Thanksgiving table?

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  1. 1

    Can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow, this year has gone so fast! Your menu sounds amazing. I can’t wait to get to my in-laws’ home and start cooking. Happy Thanksgiving, Jen!!!

  2. 2

    I wish now we celebrated Thanksgiving here! Your menu sounds wonderful. Enjoy your day with the family and feasting. J xo

  3. 3

    Looks like a winner menu!! I wanted to mention that you have an award at my blog dated 11-22 (Cranberry Chutney post). :) I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  4. 4

    Wow! Everything sounds amazing! I know if anyone can make an amazing and elegant meal, it’s you! ….the salad sounds amazing!

  5. 5

    Your menu sounds so delicious! What a feast!

  6. 6

    Everything sounds good!

  7. 7

    This menu sounds great! The Danish Blue Cheese and Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette sounds wonderful.

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