Not Ready For Turkey

We are into the final days before Thanksgiving here in the States and the last thing I want to eat is turkey.  I hate eating anything even remotely related to traditional Thanksgiving fare in the days leading up to the holiday.  Don’t get me wrong, I promise to do some damage next week, but just not quite yet!

In order to avoid any level of food monotony I have been looking for dishes that will tickle and tease my taste buds.  And, as always, I am keen to share the bounty of my harvest (I hope you appreciated my word choice there)!  Check out some very non-Thanksgiving meals that will have those lucky enough to partake saying a great big ‘Thank You”!

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  • Shrimp Salad with Blood Oranges and Slivered Fennel:  This brightly flavored dish is the anti-Turkey.  Instead of dinner leaving you feeling sluggish and tired this one gives you the energy to push through last minute preparations!
  • Szechuan Pork:  This is a filling flavorful one-dish meal.  It completely satisfies my cravings for something hearty, but without compromising my Thanksgiving experience.
  • Pear and Pomegranate Salad:  This salad is seasonal while still being nice and light!  If you are missing protein just add some chicken breast for a complete meal.
  • Golden Flounder with Caper-Almond Dressing:  This dish appears very elegant and stylish, but doesn’t require a culinary degree and several hours to prepare.  Saving you time and energy to prepare the holiday feast.  Perfect for a quiet meal before craziness ensues!
  • Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Kumquat Marmalade:  Thanksgiving is all about the foods you know and love, why not spice up the week before with something more unusual?  Kumquats will add a punch of flavor to this seasonal meal.


  1. brandonchristopher says:

    These dishes all sound scrumptious!

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