Six Thanksgiving Menus

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, these Thanksgiving menus may inspire your own celebration, whether traditional, casual, vegetarian and more. Use an entire menu or better yet, mix and match a new recipe or two with your own family favorites.

More Thanksgiving Recipes
from Kitchen Parade
More Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes
from A Veggie Venture

A Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

~ all of Thanksgiving's homemade favorites ~


A Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu

~ Thanksgiving favorites made ahead to serve at home or to carry ~


A Menu for a Casual Thanksgiving Buffet

~ crowd favorites that can be served hot or at room temperature ~


An Intimate Thanksgiving Dinner for a Small Table

~ some recipes better suited for smaller groups ~


A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

~ recipe ideas for vegetarian guests or vegetarian options ~


Lower-Calorie Thanksgiving Menu

~ investing calories wisely, even on Thanksgiving ~


Still More Thanksgiving Recipes

~ from my fellow food bloggers, updated daily throughout November ~



about the photograph

'Full corn' moon rising near Wyoming-Nebraska border

The "full corn" moon shot was taken somewhere just east of the Wyoming-Nebraska border, a lovely hilled area with ribbon roads snaking eastward. We topped a hill to see a huge moon just above the horizon. By the time we stopped and I'd scampered to the side of the road to frame the shot, the moon was already half the size, although still mammoth. Still more amazing? Behind us to the west was a beautiful mountain-view sunset!


Sun setting near Wyoming-Nebraska border

Both shots are "straight out of the camera" (except cropping) taken with a brand-new 'vacation' camera, the 10mp 12x zoom Panasonic Lumix. By recommendation, I'll tell you that I took this camera on vacation the first time doing something I 'don't' recommend, taking an unfamiliar camera on a trip, without even having read the book. That said, I put the camera on 'auto' and we just started shooting and hoping. Lucky, it worked out beautifully.

I wish I could take credit for discovering this camera but can't. For months, I looked at one point 'n' shoot camera after another, never finding exactly what I hoped for in a single package, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all the choices. So when Lydia Walshin from The Perfect Pantry and the cookie-baking non-profit Drop In & Decorate mentioned she'd bought the camera for a trip to Brazil, I ordered one the same day -- and am so glad I did!



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