October 25, 2016 – Tuesday

​More about Thanksgiving preparation, now I’m looking at possible menu… Just thinking about it makes my mouth watery.mmmmm


  • Appetizer ~ Cheese, cold cuts and Ritz (savory) and fruit (sweet) turkey shape plate

  • Side dishes ~Parmesan roasted garlic mushroom 
    Dijon Maple Green beans with turkey bacon, caramelized pecan and feta. 
    Bloomin’ onion bread
  • Salad ~ Caesar Parmesan wedge Iceberg lettuce salad and Caprese salad
  • Rolls ~ Pumpkin shape rolls with roasted pecan
  • Soup ~ Elbow macaroni chicken soup

    Chicken Sopas, makes four to six servings

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 small onion, thinly sliced
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
    1 small carrot, cut into small cubes
    4 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
    1 cup elbow macaroni
    1/2 cup milk or cream
    salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Gravy and prime rib ~ 
  • Sauce ~ cranberry orange sauce
  • Desserts ~ Triple chocolate mousse 

    and Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread 

    Yield: one 9×5-inch loaf, about 10 slices

    Prep Time: 10 minutes


    Cook Time: about 48 minutes


    Total Time: about 75 minutes, for cooling


1 large egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)
1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon baking powder
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to tast

Cream Cheese Filling
1 large egg
4 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese (lite is okay)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Bread – In a large bowl, add the the first ten ingredients, through ground nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix; set aside.
  4. Turn about two-thirds of the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary; set aside.
  5. Cream Cheese Filling – In a large bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Alternatively, mix with a hand mixer.
  6. Evenly pour filling mixture over the bread, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
  7. Top filling with remaining pumpkin batter, smoothing the top very lightly with a spatula as to not disturb cream cheese layer and pushing batter into corners and sides as necessary.
  8. Bake for about 48 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Note this is tricky because the cream cheese never gets totally solid so the toothpick test isn’t the most accurate. Tip – Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped over it at the 35 minute-mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of pumpkin, cream cheese, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
  9. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Optionally, serve with Honey ButterCinnamon-Sugar Butter, or Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread

  • Drinks ~ Wine (Cab and Pinot), Sangria and non alcoholic for the kids

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