A Day of Thanksgiving Prep

Yesterday began with a cortado and a fruit toast with melted brie and butter at Bluebird Coffee Shop on East 1st Street. An indulgent breakfast followed by a brisk walk to Union Square in what felt like January temperatures, but the bright sunshine was warming.  I spent the afternoon collecting Thanksgiving Day supplies at the Union Square Greenmarket. Compared to my brief walk by of the market on Saturday, Monday was pleasant and calm providing opportunities to chat with the farmers and take pictures. Below are pictures of the day and a few recipes. Enjoy!

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Bluebird Coffee Shop

Cranberries

cranberries at the greenmarket

Homemade Cranberry Sauce- fresh cranberries, some sugar (or honey), water, and a little orange peel. You control the sugar, cut out the additives and high fructose corn syrup. Add a little ginger for an extra zing.

Some More Recipes:

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Cranberry Quince Preserves

Dog

people watcher

brussels sprouts

brussel sprouts at maxwell’s farm at the greenmarket

Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts- olive oil, salt and pepper make for an easy and scrumptious side dish for the holidays (or any dinner choice in my opinion). For an extra savory touch add bacon.

Some More Recipes:

Maple & Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Broccolini, Bacon & Pine Nuts

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Parmesan

Hot Tea

tweefontem herb farm at the greenmarket

Apples at MArket

red jacket orchard at the greenmarket

small 3 applesWhen I got home I cooked a batch to bring to my families home in Boston this week. Homemade Applesauce- apples, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, sugar (or honey) and a little butter. I could have devoured the entire batch out of the pot, but I found my self-control…after a few big spoonfuls. So easy to make and all you need are apples and water, then the rest of the ingredients are up to your taste buds. My favorite recipe is Susan Branch’s from Heart of the Home .

Another Recipe: Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

small mason jar

Dessert

window filled with sweets at breads bakery on east 16th street. i just couldn’t resist picking up a few for thanksgiving dessert

Carrots

carrots from madura farm at the greenmarket

Try roasting carrots with olive oil, salt, and honey (and sage or rosemary). Add some parsnips for a little mix.

Some More Recipes:

Rosemary Roasted Baby Carrots with Honey Brown Butter

Roasted Root Vegetable

Curried Baked Carrot Chips

Trees

two trees in union square park

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