Bakers Anonymous Thanksgiving: Prologue

Welcome to the first-ever Bakers Anonymous Thanksgiving! This Recipe Roundup focuses on my menu for this Thursday (is it really Thursday? Let the panic attacks ensue). I hope it gives you some ideas on what you’d like to make for your own family!

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home.

My main dish for Thanksgiving this year is Cornish Game Hens. Not only are they the most adorable little bits of poultry in the world, they are also an easy and relatively fast alternative to the traditional turkey. And for me, the woman who’s hosting Thanksgiving for the first time (ever), it’s the less stressful way to go. I’m going to prepare them using the Recipe Inspirations seasoning card from McCormick. I’m obsessed with these cards. They make preparing flavorful meals simple, as well as ensuring that I’ll have all the spices I need when cooking in a kitchen not my own!

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home.

In my family, the second most important dish is stuffing. Usually we go with the boxed version (that we ADORE), but this year, I’m jazzing it up Bakers Anonymous-style and adding sausage, apples and onions (probably no celery, according to this recipe).

Accompanying my stuffing and hens will be red potatoes, my favorite potato to use due to its versatility. I’m adding in Green Giant frozen vegetables of the honey-glazed carrot and spring vegetable variety; olives (green and black both), and yummy Pillsbury biscuits. Grammy is bringing in her usual fruit and vegetable trays (automatic party winner) and I’m bringing, besides everything else, the tried and true pigs in a blanket, made with Pillsbury crescents and Hillshire farm lil smokies (SO GOOD).

Of course there will be delicious desserts, so stay tuned later this week for my Thanksgiving dinner!

P.S. I forgot to mention the family holiday favorite, jellied cranberry sauce! Because who doesn’t love cranberry sauce in a can? It makes serving so much easier.

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