Thanksgiving Sandwich- Zouras Edition

There are many great things about marrying someone from a totally different culture, especially when it comes to the holidays.  Since our traditional holidays rarely overlap, Preston and I get to celebrate a variety of events basically all year round, show each other our traditions, and best of all, not deal with spousal splitting of the holidays! Luxurious.

After a surprisingly pleasant train ride and eerily relaxing meal time at Newark airport, a very Texas Thanksgiving week at the Pesek household came into full swing with turkey, stuffing, traditional fixins, dad’s ribs, mom’s (and sis’s!) pies and cookies, free flowing libations, burgers, hot dogs… Continue reading

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mini Loaves – Yay Fall!!!

Ready or not, the weather’s gettin’ nippy. But it also means the arrival of pumpkin and apple season – and it’s the best!!!  What better way to welcome the fall than some Pumpkin Ginger Bread?

This Buzzfeed post led me to this delicious Good Thymes & Good Food recipe.  To make it super irresistible and easy for gifting, I used these Paper Mini Loaf Molds from Sur la Table and added some personal touches to it. I find myself coming back to this recipe again and again because it’s been such a hit.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving Dinner for Two – Yes We Can!

The silver lining for us unfortunate New York City transplants with no family nearby, I suppose, is that we get to create our own quiet traditions!  With some modifications and a twist to the traditional meal, I hoped to recreate the warmth and festive feeling of this holiday.

Menu:

– Butternut Squash & White Bean Puree with Bacon Sage Croutons

– String Beans “a la Marc”

– Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts

– Roasted Figs with Home Made Honey Ice Cream

It’s hard to imagine that the star of a meal would be a side. But try out Big Girl Small Kitchen’s Butternut Squash & White Bean Puree with Bacon Sage Croutons and I think you’ll agree with me. A dish with such a nice sweet / savory combination and great crispiness to break up the puree, what’s not to like!

Butternut Squash White Bean Puree with Bacon Sage Crouton

 

As another side, I wanted to make a lighter version of another Thanksgiving favorite, the String Bean Casserole.  I loved this String Beans a la Marc recipe from BGSK – the nice garlicy notes went very well with the bird of the evening.

And now, the Thanksgiving bird! I decided to pardon a turkey and make a zesty & refreshing Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts (at this point, I might as well rename my post, a Very BGSK Thanksgiving…!). 

String Bean A La Marc

To end the evening just right, we gave thanks to the wonderful fig & honey. I made some beautiful roasted figs which accompanied the nice vanilla bean in Maison du Miel’s Honey Ice Cream so well (especially with a hint of richness added by butter used for roasting the figs).

Roasted Figs with Honey Ice Cream

Menu / Floral Design:

Using rich burnt orange palette, I created a menu with paper punched fall leaves & a petite fall arrangement with Mini Calla Lillies, Roses, Waxberries (too cute, like mini lychees!).

Rose Calla Lily Floral Arrangement