Over the decade or so Improvised Life has been sending up smoke signals, we’ve published A LOT of recipes, many geared to the holidays and Thanksgiving, from foolproof turkey roasting strategies (including a quicker, easier dry brine that yields a seriously juicy bird), cranberry sauce, fruit tarts… To find them, type T H A N K S G I V I N G into the Search bar at the top right of the homepage…
…OR simply scroll through our vast archive of recipes. You’ll find unexpected ideas for what will likely still be a very non-traditional holiday. (Everyone we know is making it up as they go along.)
There are lots of ways to celebrate. Here are a few ideas:
Giant Chewy, Crispy, Eggy Parmigiano Popover
This easy-to-make popover is like a savory cheese gougere baked in a skillet. It is perfect with cocktails, as a laid back meal (with a salad) or stellar breakfast. Recipe here.
Pasta Al Limone (Lemon Pasta) After Sandro Fioriti
Sometimes a bowl of pasta is what is needed. This Pasta al Limone chases after the flavor and effect of the sublime version served at Sandro’s in NYC: spaghetti perfectly cooked al dente slicked with a suave, subtly lemon, perfectly-balanced sauce. Recipe here.
Seven Hour “Spoon” Lamb
One of our favorite chilly-weather dishes is also the homeliest-looking: Seven hours slow cooking a leg of lamb fills the house with astonishing aromas. The falling off-the bone meat is so tender, it can literally be eaten with a spoon. Recipe here. Serve over Celery Root puree (recipe here), mashed potatoes (recipe here), or buttered noodles.
Key Lime Or Lemon Hand Pies
Key Lime (or other Fragrant Citrus) Hand-Pies are a quick bite of tart, refreshing citrus which are at their peak in winter months. If you buy very good butter cookies as the base, you can whip the two-ingredient filling curd in no time. Assemble a la minute as you need or crave them. Recipe here.
Scroll through the RECIPE ARCHIVE for more big ideas.