Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cooking Side Dishes

Fingerling Potatoes on Hand-Painted Ceramic Platter (similar)
with a Guatemalan Table Runner (similar)
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, every single food magazine I own has a beautiful, golden turkey on the cover with tempting headlines enticing me with delicious sides and fixings. An interesting theme this year was about breaking tradition when it comes to side dishes. Whether they were trying a new recipe or adding elements from different countries and cuisines, the results were a fresh and welcome outlook for the Thanksgiving Day table. 

Reading about food always inspires me to cook food. I chose the simplest recipes, pulled some things from the shop to serve on and invited friends over to feast! Here's what we made….and ate.

Grilled Strip Steak (no recipe, we just salt and peppered the meat and threw it on the grill)

No matter how simple or humble the meal may be, serving food in beautiful dishes elevates the dining experience. I always set a nice table for company and even when I'm just grabbing a quick bite for myself. It makes the act of eating feel so much more special.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with abundance and in good company!

P.S. Check out this recipe slideshow of Global Thanksgiving side dishes from Food & Wine magazine.

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce in Orange Ottoman Hand-Painted Ceramic Bowl
with Mpingo Loop Sugar Spoon
Beet, Feta & Mint Salad on Ceramic Lotus Platter
with a Japanese-Inspired Patchwork Table Runner
Fresh Herbs on Ceramic Lotus Platter
Baked Tofu  in Ottoman Tinned Copper Bowl
Dipping Sauce in Blue Ottoman Hand-Painted Ceramic Bowl
Green Beans & Candied Bacon on Ottoman Tinned Copper Bowl
Basmati Rice and Grilled Steak on Large Red Ottoman Hand-Painted Ceramic Bowl

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