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Thanksgiving for Two; a Special Menu

Do you know that cooking for two can be sooo fun and challenging?

Photo Credit: Libby Penner


In 1956, the food journalist Jane Nickerson - lately defined by her colleagues as a “food pioneer” - wrote an article about the perks of cooking for two, and answering all those questions related to halving a recipe and giving a second life to food leftovers.


Is it possible to halve all the recipes? Well, the good news is that most of them can be halved, except those for baked products. Two important things to take into account are: the size of the cooking utensils and the length of the cooking period may both have to be decreased. Lastly: “Inexpert home bakers are assured better results in baking if they use recipes as they have been edited originally”.


So, for this Thanksgiving, cooking for two can be as much fun and challenging as if you were cooking for a dozen. For your 2-people-dinner we have chosen a classic three course menu. The main dish is really rich, it includes shrimp and vegetables, so you won’t probably need a second course. We recommend you to start with an appetizer and match your main with a light and easy-to-make side.


Starter: Taleggio and Black pepper Pizza - by Sam Sifton


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Start your Thanksgiving dinner with this special cheesy round Pizza. Quick and easy to make if you are an Italian recipes lover this is the perfect combination of two recipes: Pizza and Cacio & Pepe pasta.



Main: Shrimp & Artichoke Casserole - by Craig Claiborne


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This recipe owes its popularity to a political anecdote: it seems that former US President John F. Kennedy, loved this dish, served during a United Nations’ event lunch. The year after it became so popular that everyone in the US wanted the same dish on its table.



Side: Roasted Brussel Sprouts - by Sam Sifton

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It’s brussel sprouts season! Prepare the easiest side with just three ingredients. All you have to do is season the sprouts and put them in the oven for 40 minutes, and start cooking something else (but don’t forget about them!).



Dessert: Rhubarb Bavarian - by Jane Nickerson


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During these last years rhubarb has been one of the most fancy ingredients you could have found, from a restaurant to a lounge bar, for a while it was like cauliflower: everywhere. But Nickerson created this recipe with rhubarb a long time ago, and now that it is in fashion it’s time to give it a second life.




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