Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup


There is a church I drive by every day which posts weekly messages that give me pause.  This one especially resonated with me.  Thanksgiving for most of us gives us an opportunity to express gratitude.  Many families go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for.  Our tradition is to have a paper and pad available for people to jot down what they are grateful for, no limits, and place these sentiments in a gourd shaped soup tureen.  During dessert we pass the tureen around and read  out loud the messages and try to guess who wrote them.  The act of writing gives one time to pause and reflect without putting someone on the spot.  Over the years, there have been memorable and moving reflections shared.  Going back to the roadside church board, how powerful would it be if we chose to pause daily to reflect on things to give thanks for?   Awakening to gratefulness in our daily lives brings the focus on what is important, celebrates life and reduces negativity.  Thanks-giving everyday, minus the turkey.


If you are still looking for Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, here is a collection of some of my  popular favorites.  Click on the highlighted title to access the original post.

Thanksgiving recipe roundup:

Roasted Acorn Squash With Pomegranate Molasses Glazeimage

Roasted Butternut Squash Wedges with Almond Mint Pesto


Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce


Garlic Thyme Sweet Potato Rounds


Sweet Potato Hummus with feta and toasted pistachios

The final platter with warmed pita points and crackers added.

Quinoa Stuffed Whole Acorn Squash


 Butternut Squash Couscous Salad with Apricots and Mint


Roasted Kuri Squash with Maple Lime Yogurt Drizzle


Rice Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Hazelnuts and Cherries


Fall Fruit Salad


Pumpkin White Bean Hummus


Pomegranate Avocado Pistachio Salad


Beet Salad with Blue Cheese, Blood Oranges and Pistachios


Parmesan Crusted Cauliflower


Pumpkin Mousse


Cranberry Almond Squares


Apple and Butternut Squash Bundt with cider glaze


Almond Crusted Spiced Apple Galette


White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with gingersnap crust


And to use up leftover turkey, this cranberry turkey salad with a yogurt dressing is hard to resist!


Did not find what you were looking for, please search the index on the blog itself for more inspiration.   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


19 thoughts on “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

  1. Great Thanksgiving blog! Lovely recipes and beautiful & creative settings/photography! (When does your book come out?)


    Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks so much Liz! You are too kind. You probably know exactly where this road sign is. I always brake for inspiration and often a chuckle. So nice to hear from you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Thank YOU for those wonderful recipes, Johanne! And for the inspirational sign! I have to admit, the only memorable sign I’ve ever come across was outside a church in Belfast, a place not usually known for self-depreciating humour: “THIS IS A SIGN” it read ….

  3. I thought your comment had been cut off Ginger!! That’s hilarious. This church often causes me to slap on the brakes and often makes me smile. For a Lutheran church, they do have a sense of humor and are right on most weeks! Thank you for your visit!

    • ‘Cause you were busy cooking for turkey day!! Have been looking at an art class in Minnesota in February! Ummm not too much of a deterrent to a Northern girl except I might be in AZ instead.

      Johanne Lamarche


      • Well, I hope you are in AZ instead!! 🙂 Your paintings are wonderful and i enjoy the few peeks at them you share now and then! If you do come, you’ll have to let me know – I’m dividing time between SD & MN!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.