Just wishing everyone a HAPPY Thanksgiving Weekend!!
….The entire weekend — Turkey Day (I know, that was yesterday), and the rest of the weekend as well. I hope everyone had a wonderful, scrumptious, filling, Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course, I hope much of it was served in hand-made pottery!!
I enjoyed visiting with other family members — My husband’s mom, Phyllis, prepared a delicious turkey; I had fun making several veggie dishes. And now, even though it’s the ‘day after’, I can share the veggies I prepared.
The Food — Baked Butternut Squash with Apples:
This dish is always a HIT — Layers of squash, apples and cheeses — Baked to tasty, slightly tangy perfection.
For my Butternut Squash with Apples, I cut up (and peeled) the squash, then tossed with sauteed onion and breadcrumbs. Then layered with cut up apples and grated cheeses (cheddar, Swiss). Baked with more cheeses on top — It goes wonderfully with any Autumn (or Winter) meal.
Hint: Keep in mind — This dish is great with a Holiday Ham. I’ve included the recipe on my Recipes Page.
More Food — Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
For something ‘green’, I decided on Brussels Sprouts. I know, people either love or hate sprouts — I LOVE them!!
I sliced the sprouts, tossed with a bit of olive oil — Roasted in a 375 oven (they ‘browned’ more quickly than I expected). Then, tossed with sauteed bacon and lemon zest. The roasting really brought out the earthy, ‘nutty’ flavor of the sprouts.
The Pottery — Maasha Pots, Bakers, Servers:
For baking (the Squash) and serving (the Sprouts), I simply grabbed two different Maasha Pots — Stoneware, slips with ash glazes, reduction fired. Geometric forms — Thrown on the wheel, then altered into non-round shapes.
For baking the Squash/Apple dish, I chose one of my almond-shaped dishes. I refer to these as my ‘almond boats’. An interesting, unexpected shape — Great for baking (hot-dish, lasagne, more); great as a display piece on the counter-top.
For serving the Sprouts (already roasted), I chose a ‘squared’ dish with deliberate ‘wonky’ handles. I’ve been making these lately (in varying sizes) because I like the soft, slightly flared-at-the-bottom, squared look. The handles are designed for contrast, and of course, practicality.
I hope everyone had a YUMMY Turkey Day — And a great Thanksgiving WEEKEND!!