Thanksgiving Weekend

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!!

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