Guess who put on her big girl pants? Um…me! Why you ask? Well, I’m going to host Thanksgiving at our house for the first time ever. I’d mentioned this to my mom a couple of weeks ago, and I wasn’t sure if anyone was really going to take me up on this. See, I live in Austin while my mom, brother, sister and nieces all live in Dallas. Typically Sean and I make our way up there for each holiday event. But, we are newlyweds with a semi-new house and I would love to be able to put some of my registry gifts to use by hosting things here. Looks like I’m going to get my chance.
My mom always does the turkey (and, I don’t eat it because I’m a vegetarian), but my favorite part has always been the sides. One of my most favorite sides ever is Truffle Mac and Cheese.
My favorite truffle mac and cheese recipe is this one by Ina Garten. Only, I can’t ever find truffle butter, so I substitute truffle oil.
I also love broccoli, rice and cheese casserole.
Um…clearly I’m going to need a little more than cheese and then more cheese. Luckily, my Real Simple magazine and Martha Stewart Food magazine had a lot of great ideas this month including a killer mashed potato recipe and at least 8 different ways to do stuffing. Yum. What are your favorite recipes? And, any tips for a first time Thanksgiving host?