Melinda Gale

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving. I have my reasons but for the most part, it all boils down to the stress that surrounds it all. The task of making a huge meal for your entire family can turn the sweetest person into the girl from the Exorcist. I am, however, a big fan of food! Coming from a traditional southern family, I feel like we have the exact same food at every holiday meal: turkey, ham, peas, some sort of potato dish, sweet potato dish, biscuits, cornbread, stuffing. That's it. We never change it up. Because of this, I decided that when I became a REAL big kid, I would be creative with my Thanksgiving meal.

Here are a few recipes that I (along with the rest of the internet) think would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving. Clickthrough the photos for each recipe.

Starters

Rosemary Pecans - via Real Simple

Rosemary Pecans - via Real Simple

Goat Cheese Spread - via Real Simple 

Goat Cheese Spread - via Real Simple 

Prosciutto and Gruyere Croissants - via Alexandra Cooks

Prosciutto and Gruyere Croissants - via Alexandra Cooks

Sides

Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges - via Real Simple

Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges - via Real Simple

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Fennel, and Goat Cheese - via Real Simple

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Fennel, and Goat Cheese - via Real Simple

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole - via Buzzfeed

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole - via Buzzfeed

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon - via Martha Stewart

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon - via Martha Stewart

7-Up Biscuits - via The Chic Site 

7-Up Biscuits - via The Chic Site 

Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels - via Half Baked Harvest

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels - via Half Baked Harvest

Pumpkin Creme Brûlée - via Food Network 

Pumpkin Creme Brûlée - via Food Network 

Bourbon Pecan Pie - via Good Housekeeping

Bourbon Pecan Pie - via Good Housekeeping

Cocktails

Apple Cider Sangria - va The Chic Site 

Apple Cider Sangria - va The Chic Site 

Holiday Rum Sparkler - via Bon Appetit

Holiday Rum Sparkler - via Bon Appetit

Holiday Mule - via Home Sweet Jones

Holiday Mule - via Home Sweet Jones

Apple Cider Mimosas - via Delish


For those of you Angeleno's who aren't so good in the kitchen, Mama Shelter Hollywood and their Chef Giselle Wellman have created a great Thanksgiving dinner menu that's just $39 a person! Chef Wellman has created a Thanksgiving feast and menu featuring all the traditional favorites you’re longing for. Served family style, Mama's Thanksgiving menu will include  the hotel's famed Brussel Sprouts Salad (with walnuts, cranberries and apples added for the occasion), Corn Bread StuffingRoasted Sweet Potatoes, Deep Fried Free Range Turkey (complete with parsnip mash, cranberry, chutney and gray) and to top it all off... Mama's Pumpkin Pie!

Mama Shelter Hollywood and the hotel's staff will make you feel like you are home for the holidays!