Pre-Thanksgiving Festivities

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving mostly makes me think of
eating. And I don’t just mean eating anything out of the ordinary, but
delicious seasonal dishes that, for me, begin with the Union Square Green Market. The Green Market is where my dream of endless Butternut Squashes, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, and Apples become a reality!

On a leisurely walk through Saturday’s Green Market, I couldn’t help
admiring all of the incredibly fresh winter fruits and vegetables.
Although my purpose at the Green Market was to pick up the infamous $1
3-Pound bag of apples for an apple pie, I couldn’t help picking up a
few other seasonal ingredients on the way. The Green Market is mixed in
terms of pricing, but you always leave reassured that you’ve purchased
the freshest produce of the season.

The Largest Broccoli I've Ever Seen!

The Largest Broccoli I've Ever Seen!

Apples

Migliorelli Apples

$1 3-Pound Bag of Apples

$1 3-Pound Bag of Apples

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

BottleRocketAfter leaving the market I stopped off at a nearby wine shop called BottleRocket. I’d read in a recent Eats.com newsletter that BottleRocket was hosting a complimentary Pre-Thanksgiving Wine and Food Pairing with City Bakery.
Although BottleRocket’s interior was slightly small, they made the most
of their space by setting up different food and wine stations
throughout the store. Each guest was greeted with a taste of Champagne
which was followed by a taste of City Bakery’s Thankgiving Menu
which featured turkey,stuffing, two different kinds of potatoes,
Brussels sprouts, and some gingerbread cookies for dessert. My favorite
dishes on the menu were the Multigrain Bread Stuffing with Mushrooms,
Herbs, & Aromatic Vegetables and the Sweet Potatoes with Grilled
Pineapple and Toasted Homemade Marshmallows paired with the $9
Sauvignon Blanc (who’s name currently escapes me).

And after a wonderful afternoon of mouthwatering Thanksgiving bites
and plentiful sips of wine, I began thinking about my own
Pre-Thanksgiving festivities. Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to get
together with friends for a nice home cooked meal. And though it isn’t
quite Thanksgiving yet, it’s close enough.

A few friends and I got together last night for a Pre-Thanksgiving
dinner with all the traditional fix-ins. And I must admit that I was
quite impressed with everyone’s cooking skills. Between the Macaroni
& Cheese, the Barbeque Chicken, the Sweet Potatoes, and the Pumpkin
Bread you’d think one would have their Thanksgiving fill. But until my
Christmas Vacation rolls along, Thanksgiving dishes will be a regular
staple which I look forward to sharing with all of you.

The recipes from our Pre-Thanksgiving dinner will be posted
throughout the week, so please check Hartley Confections for more information about
each dish along with enticing photos.

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