Thanksgiving planning has never been such a delicious challenge. From talented bloggers to Pinterest to recipe sites, the web is packed with ultra-creative recipes and swoon-worthy food photography. Of course, one has to preserve a few family favorite recipes; it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without my Gram’s cranberry sauce. But for those who love to put spins on the traditional Thanksgiving spreads, there’s never been a better time to test-drive some new dishes.

To get started on the planning, we’ve pulled together a roundup of recipes that we’d love to serve below. Not up for cooking? Local chefs are getting creative, too. Tastes we’d love to try on T-day include baked ham with balsamic fig glaze at Glenmorgan Bar & Grill; the pumpkin budino with spice cream and gingersnaps at Paramour; and crab & butternut bisque with coriander-sage croutons at The General Warren Inne. Or, try my favorite tradition: drop off the turkey at Jimmy’s BBQ to have it smoked to perfection.

Traditional with a Twist: Top Reinvented Thanksgiving Recipes

Super Soups & Salads

Roasted Apple, Bacon & Aged White Cheddar Soup » Closet Cooking

The Big T


Stuffed, Happily

brussel sprout, bacon, and apple naan stuffing | climbing grie rmountain

Pass the Sides

brussels sprouts, Nina Lea Photography

Pie & Beyond

Pumpkin Piesciles Courtesy of Take a Mega Bite

Have a favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Share with us in the comments!


Photo credits: Roasted Apple & White Cheddar Soup credited to Closet Cooking, Stuffing credited to Climbing Grier Mountain, Turkey & Brussels Sprouts images credited to Nina Lea Photography, Pie Pops credited to Take a Bite.