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Entries in thanksgiving (3)

Wednesday
Nov232011

Photo Tutorial: Savory Creamed Corn Panna Cotta

Looking for an elegant starter with humble roots? Savory Creamed Corn Panna Cotta is creamed corn casserole, in exalted form. The step-by-step is below, with my complete recipe in the Huffington Post feature "Unconventional Thanksgiving Recipes From Chicago Chefs And Foodies". Enjoy!

 

The base of this recipe rests on just four ingredients - whole milk, corn, goat cheese and powdered gelatine. The simplest panna cotta in the world requires only milk (or cream) and gelatine...ok, and a bit of water to "bloom" the gelatine. It's such a beautifully streamlined dessert.

 

Should you wish to garnish, you could use finely chopped pimento, fried pancetta, and paprika.

(That paprika, friends, was plucked from the shelves at Budapest's main market, with the assistance of our Hungarian chef/guide. Someday I'll have to tell you about that day...)

 

To make enough panna cotta for four 4-ounce servings, combine 2 cups whole milk and 3 cups corn kernels in a saucepan over medium heat.

 

Simmer and stir for 5 minutes, then whisk in 4 ounces of goat cheese. Everything's better with goat cheese!

 

Whisk it well...

 

Cover, turn off the heat, and let it sit for 30 minutes.

 

While that's steeping you can do three things:

#1 - Fry the pancetta for the garnish. If you have any canine kitchen helpers, they will no doubt appear during this step in the process.

 

#2 - "Bloom" the gelatine. Fill a small container with 4 TBS water. Sprinkle 3 tsp gelatine powder evenly over the surface of the water.

 

It will soon turn into a near solid. Resist the urge to play with it.

 

#3 - Lightly oil the insides of your ramekins. You could also use a muffin tin, but I'm using ramekins.

 

After 30 minutes, spoon out the gelatine blob...

 

And whisk it into the corn/milk mixture.

 

Strain the mixture into the oiled ramekins, and let it set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

 

Reserve a little bit of the cooked corn for garnish.

 

After two hours, gently run a sharp knife along the side of the ramekins to release the panna cotta. Invert a small plate over the ramekin, flip, and garnish. Serve immediately.

Get the complete recipe on Huffington Post.

Monday
Nov212011

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration: "Rough Luxe"

Need some last-minute Thanksgiving table inspiration? Here is a vintage-inspired table I'm calling "Rough Luxe". The white plates are Mikasa's "Italian Countryside" pattern. Everything else (the glasses, the crystal plates, the linens...everything) is available for rent from Tablescapes, a marvelous resource here in Chicago. In fact, it was Tablescapes owner Kathy who dubbed this look "Rough Luxe" and I think it's entirely appropriate.

Take a peep at this casual-meets-elegant look. It's not too late to get a bit of inspiration for your table!

Monday
Nov072011

How to host THANKSGIVING in a SMALL space

Today's post is part of the #HolidayHQ Blog Hop. See the links below for more posts from the best party and entertaining experts!

Dinner a la coffee table.
This recipe is from the Junior League of Chicago cookbook. I'll share the recipe and do a book giveaway next Wednesday!

There's no doubt about it - small houses are the trend! Whether it's due to the economy or eco-consciousness, Americans are settling into cozier nests. For all the pluses of small-space living (easier to maintain, often close to more shopping, culture, restaurants, etc.), entertaining can be a challenge. Thanksgiving is a particularly tricky holiday, what with all the expectations of recreating that Normal Rockwell moment around the turkey. How to do it in your petite pied-à-terre? Let's address the issue of table space and kitchen space...

 

Table Space

No table? Remove the doorknob and hinges from a closet door and place it over two sawhorses (sometimes available for rent at a home improvement store). Cover with a festive tablecloth and no one's the wiser. OR arrange tray tables in a tight circle. Cover each with solid-colored fabric in different autumn hues for a pretty "fall leaves" effect.

Tiny table? Cover your dinette set with a protective piece of fabric. Put a large piece of plywood over that, and then a decorative tablecloth over the plywood. Voilà...bigger table!

 

Kitchen Space

Want to keep beverage-seekers out of the kitchen? Set up soda, wine, and craft beer in a cooler in the living area. I know, plastic coolers are not chic. So keep the cooler open and nicely arrange the bottles within. Cover the outside of the cooler and the open lid with festive fabric. You might have to replenish the ice once, but no one will mistake your Thanksgiving soiree for a tailgate BBQ.

Itty-bitty oven? Use your crockpot, darling! You can cook multiple Thanksgiving menu items in a slow cooker, including a turkey breast.

Not enough stovetop burners? Supplement with a hot plate or portable induction cooktop. Induction cooktops do not get hot to the touch, although you do need a clad pot in order to make the induction magic happen.

 

Housewife Bliss  |  Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Celebrations at Home  | How to Host a Fall Pizza Party
The TomKat Studio | Delicious Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Tatertots & Jello |  DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards
Second City Soiree  | How to Host Thanksgiving in a Small Space
With Style and Grace | Small Bites for a Thankful Crowd
Party BluPrints  |  The Thanksgiving Kids' Table
The Daily Basics  |  Fall Door Decorating and the Best Recipe for Pumpkin Pie
The Gracious Girl  |  The Gift of Gratitude

Join us on Twitter this Thursday, November 10th 8pm EST for another #HolidayHQ chat. Get Thanksgiving ideas, recipes & tips from top crafting, foodie & entertaining experts

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