You know what the cool things is about cooking? It’s a super easy way to impress people and make them happy. Because all people want is for the food to taste good. No one ever comes to your house, eats a delicious meal, and then complains because it wasn’t fancy enough. They’re just like damnnnnnn, that spaghetti was good! It’s been so long since I had garlic bread! (side note: everyone loves garlic bread)
Now, here’s the cool thing about Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holidays in general – that rule totally still applies, but it’s EVEN EASIER because of the abundance of different things on offer. One of my favourite quotes from Nigella Lawson is ‘welcome is conveyed by plenty’. Which I lazily interpret to mean that one need only supply plenty of a few things, and as long as there is abundance all your guests will feel the love, even if none of the things individually is particularly intricate or fancy.
So, here’s where I come in – all week long I’ll be sharing recipes that are SUPER easy, old school simple, and only a little bit fancy, but that nonetheless will fill your table and your life with happiness. And rest assured, just because they’re not super fancy doesn’t mean they’re not old-super delicious. They are budget-friendly, they are great for people who want to keep their stress levels down, and gosh dang it, they are just fun to make and eat.
Here’s a run down of what I’ve got for you:
- Lemon & Rosemary Roast Turkey Breast
- Roast Garlic Gravy
- Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Golden Polenta Roast Potatoes
- Maple-Pecan Whipped Sweet Potato
- Leek & Chestnut Stuffing
- Pomegranate Braised Red Cabbage
The ingredients for everything here should be available in any normal supermarket, with the exception of maybe the chestnuts and the pomegranate (but don’t worry, I’ll totally give you other options). And I can’t wait to share all of this holiday goodness with ya’ll! I’m keeping it simple, keeping it tasty, and giving things fancy names in order to up the impressiveness factor. Above all else I want you to remember that the point of having people over is to have fun. LET’S DO THIS!