Thanksgiving 2015

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Preparations this year began on Sunday with a day of grocery shopping (after a day of work!).  Monday and Tuesday were for smaller projects like flavor bases (stock, pumpkin puree, caramelized shallots, cocktail syrup), appetizers (mixed nuts, chutney, soup), and some desserts (pie crust, granita).  Today is dedicated to bigger projects like sides and pies.  This format allows me to have a relatively stress-free Thanksgiving Day with a task list of just three things best prepared last minute: sweet potatoes, deviled eggs and sautéed mushrooms.  I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for many, many years now, so I’ve really got the method down.  If you’re cooking Thanksgiving for the first or second time, it may seem stressful, but just stick with it, and you’ll get better each year.

My first Thanksgiving was a DISASTER!!!  I remember the moment when all the guests started arriving.  My dinner was half-prepared, and I was in the middle of an incredibly tedious task: browning pear slices in butter.  Both sides.  In an even layer.  In batches.  The worst.  The soup that they eventually got blended up in was fantastic, but I remember being so frustrated with the task, because I had 10 other things to tend to.  I finished everything up, leaving the kitchen looking like a tornado had just ripped through.  Piles and piles and piles of dirty pots, pans and dishes lined the countertops.  With the exception of the bone-dry turkey, the dinner turned out all right.  In the end, Thanksgiving is about coming together with loved ones to enjoy a good meal together in the spirit of appreciation and thankfulness.  Just keep that in mind as you’re preparing your dinner, and improve a little bit each year.

Similar to previous years, I’ve been compiling all of my Thanksgiving updates using the #KKTDay2015 hashtag (KKTDay is short for Kitchen Konfidence Thanksgiving). You can follow along on Instagram or check out live hashtag updates below (plus my full Thanksgiving menu!).

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Stuffing Baked Eggs

Stuffing Baked Eggs Recipe

This simple Stuffing Baked Eggs recipe is a perfect use-up for Thanksgiving leftovers!

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble

This Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble is an exciting addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table.

Rye Biscuits with Gouda and Thyme

Rye Biscuits with Gouda and Thyme [Giveaway]

These Rye Biscuits with Gouda and Thyme would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Recipe inspired by Russell van Kraayenburg’s Making Dough.

Pork and Hominy Stew with Jorge

Pork and Hominy Stew Recipe

This rich and flavorful Pork and Hominy Stew recipe comes together in 1 hour. Like pozole but easier! Pair with an ice cold Negra Modelo.

Falafel Spiced Deviled Eggs

Falafel-Spiced Deviled Eggs Recipe

An intriguing deviled egg recipe flavored with hummus, falafel spice, golden bread crumbs and fresh herbs. Perfect as a Thanksgiving appetizer.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe + #DaVinciStoryteller Experience

A mushroom and goat cheese pizza recipe inspired by the flavors of Tuscany. Plus the first half of my DaVinci Wine Storyteller Experience.

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Vanilla Butter

Brown Butter Banana Bread Recipe with Vanilla Butter [Giveaway]

An easy banana bread recipe from Brunch at Bobby’s flavored with brown butter, honey, cinnamon and pecans. Topped with homemade Vanilla Butter.

Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles

Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger

Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles flavored with warm spices and candied ginger for a #VirtualPumpkinParty.

Kale and Sausage Stuffing

Italian Kale and Sausage Stuffing Recipe

An easy stuffing recipe flavored with Italian sausage, kale, Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. I’ve been this Thanksgiving side dish for the past 5 years!

Honey Sriracha Chicken Bowl

Honey Sriracha Chicken Bowls

Easy and healthy Honey Sriracha Chicken Bowls, inspired by Billy Green’s Whip It Up! cookbook. Drizzled with a Tahini Lime Dressing.