It's Fall Y'all! Happy Thanksgiving!

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It's that time of year when every latte, muffin, quiche or cereal has the option of being pumpkin spiced, and it makes everyone thankful. Thankful for friends, family, football and falling leaves. And thankful that it's not long before fall flavors fizzle out and everything starts to become eggnog and gingerbread flavored instead. 

If you're looking for some new twists on traditional meals, here are a few plucky recipes that can mix up your palette, while still honoring the traditional fall flavors. 


APPETIZERS

Why wait for the main meal to offer some festive protein? Cinnamon and Thyme Chicken Skewers offer remarkable flavor while being easy to eat. Or if you’re looking for some fall fusion, there’s the Fall Harvest Spring Roll appetizer


MEATS

fried turkey recipe might be adventurous enough. But if you want bold, savory flavors, a Soy-Sauce and Honey Glazed Turkey might be more up your alley. Embrace global flavors with a Moroccan-Spiced Turkey with Orange Pan Jus. And if there are vegans in the house and a Tofurky feels a little too on the nose, try the vegan lentil loaf or a Vegan Tofu and Vegetable pot pie.


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SIDES

If you don’t want to be too bold with your meat, you can still create an unforgettable meal with playful sides, such as:

Beehive Brussels sprouts with Spicy Vinaigrette

Mascarpone mashed potatoes 

Sage Sausage Stuffing

Feta, Butternut Squash and Sage Loaf

And roasted okra is always a hit. (Tip: buy the smallest okra you can.)

For healthier stuffing, try Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash, but for unexpected charm try Deep Fried stuffing, to pair with cranberry sauce. 

To dress up a meal to impress, may we suggest Cauliflower Wellington or Parsnip Confit with Pickled Carrots

Sesame and Ginger Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is a solid option, or here are 5 different ways to spice up sweet potatoes. And don’t forget there are over 400 varieties of sweet potatoes around the world from the speckled purple sweet potato to the off white Hannah variety to the most popular Beauregard. Maybe all the usual recipe just needs new type of sweet potato. 

And if you really want to make your meal next level, three words for you - Hazelnut Rye Rolls


DRINKS

For a refreshing and seasonal drink, there’s the Cranberry Thyme Spritz or a Pomegranate Ginger Paloma. If you’re feeling extra culinary courage, try a Rhubarb Anise cocktail. Or pair your meal with wines from Enoteca or Ste. Michelle for a robust experience. 

For non-alcoholic drinks, can never go wrong with iced tea. Unless you wait until the tea is cold to add the sugar, then that is straight up wrong. If you want to add a subtle flavor to your iced tea, use honey instead of sugar and garnish with rosemary or thyme. 



DESSERTS

Pecan pie purists may disagree, but this is what should be on every table this Thanksgiving, Chocolate Macadamia Pie. If that’s living too close too the culinary edge, maybe just start this year with a chocolate pecan pie. For bite-sized adorableness, try Oreo Acorn balls. For an upgraded pumpkin pie experience, try the Pumpkin Creme Pie with a Chocolate Crust or add Pepita-Sage Brittle to pumpkin pie for an unexpectedly delicious flavor. 

And if all of the above sounds like too much work, then just swing by and buy pre-made or partially made meals from Whole Foods. Or order dessert from Dylan’s Candy bar, they have a Thanksgiving chocolate cornucopia, talk about a horn of plenty of chocolate! Or the Gobble Gobble gift set of cookies from Eleni’s. Or if you live in California and want to take it up a notch with low-dose edibles, you can get the Pumpkin Spice Blondie from GOOD CO-OP. 

However you celebrate, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Thank You to all our clients from Impak Retail. We are thankful for your business and wish you a happy fall season. 

Caleb Lummer