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Thanksgiving ideas


I will be working on Thanksgiving day. So we have decided to cook on Friday. Shopping gives me a headache, and so I have no regrets on missing out on the bargains and staying at home and cooking a meal. What are your plans?

I have no solid plans yet but here is a list of some inspirations. I am hoping to create an Indian inspired meal with all the traditional ingredients. I might have to skip the turkey as it might be too much for the two of us.

Green beans

Roasted potatoes

Apple and cranberry chutney

Roast chicken malabar style

Sweet potato dessert

Strawberry cream cheese torte

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin cupcakes

Torte for procrastinators


Thanksgiving has come and gone. I had a great day with friends and this was my contribution to the turkey meal. I wanted to make the torte the day before thanksgiving but was too busy with work and laziness prevented me from cooking. So we woke up early in the day and made the crust. Did the filling while the crust was cooling. Took it over to friends and I held this beauty in my lap all through the drive as this was the outcome of hard work and lost sleep.
This was served after a sumptous lunch and was very well received.
This recipe is almost hard to mess up and the results are always good.
The original recipe is at

To make the crust

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Toast 1/2 cup walnuts( The original recipe says pecans or walnuts)
In a food processor, use the pulse button and grind the walnuts fine.
Add 1/2 cup sugar and 11/2 cup all purpose flour.
Blend this well and add the butter(3/4 cup cold butter, cut up into small pieces.

Spread the mixture into a spring form pan, and push up the mixture one inch up the sides of the pan. Bake until golden (original recipe said 30 to 40 min. but it took almost 45-50 min. Keep checking to see if the crust has the desired color.)
Remove from oven and cool.

To make the filling
Beat together using a hand held mixer, 8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature with 1/2 cup sugar.
With the mixer running, add small amounts of the whipping cream ( 1 cup)in a steady small stream into the cheese mixture. The recipe recommends not to add the whipping cream too fast, or the mixture will be too runny. Finally add 11/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I think adding the vanilla gives it a real nice kick. ( The original recipe doesn’t suggest this.)
When well blended, spread the cream mixture evenly into the baked, cooled crust.Cover the top with a plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator to be chilled.


Cut strawberries into halves and arrange it on the top of the filling and place mint leaves in between strawberries.
Just before serving, remove the spring form pan rim.
Riesling makes a good wine accompaniment to this dish.
This dessert will be perfect for Christmas as it has green, red and white colors.