I love to cook. Especially Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd, which I have made for the past five years.
This year I would like to see if I can make a 100% organic Thanksgiving dinner from the turkey and stuffing to the pies and wine.
I will need your help with tips, tricks and recommendations on where to locate items that fit the bill. Also any suggestions you have (recipes and such) are greatly appreciated.
My local Shaw's supermarket has a Natural Food Section, and I am close to a Trader Joe's.
My menu (tentative) is:
Fresh Fruit Cup
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Lemon-Pepper String Beans
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Some kind of dinner roll/bread
Dessert- Apple Pie, Chocolate dessert of some kind, cookies
Wines, Red, white, and a sparkling one.
I am flexible on some of these things because not sure if I will find them.
I may be able to order an organic turkey locally...
Have seen organic chicken stock, veggies in the stores...
Not sure where I will get organic sausage...and I wonder if a natural sausage such as Shaw's Wild Harvest brand is same as organic?
Cornstarch...Sugar....Spices.... Any especially good brands?
Pie Crust--- Yikes, not sure if "Crisco" is what I should be using....or what I can do to substitute or if I need to make a crisp instead... Although guests will be disappointed if they don't get pie... If my mother-in-law brings her famous apple pie I won't ban it... But I want to do something organic as well.
Open to your thoughts. Thanks!