I spent most of this past weekend reminding myself that Thanksgiving has not yet happened. You’d think this would be an easy thing to remember, right?! I feel like I have one foot in Thanksgiving prep and one foot (possibly almost a full leg) in holiday baking and decorating.
The thing is, as a food blogger I’m always thinking and planning ahead for the next holiday/season/big event. Sometimes it’s a little hard staying in the present. It doesn’t help that the candy aisle is overflowing with everything red & green, chocolate & peppermint, eggnog is back in the grocery store, and of course, Pinterest.
I haven’t started listening to Christmas music yet. That’s where I draw the line.
I tried to keep myself in check, but I totally caved yesterday….and then it just sort of snowballed. I got to thinking how thankful I am for all of you…for all of you that read the blog, for your lovely comments and emails, for the friendships I’ve made through blogging. Really, if it wasn’t for you guys, this blog wouldn’t exist. So, to say thanks, and to help get your holiday season started on a happy note I’m sponsoring a giveaway for a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card!!
Before we get caught up with holiday baking, let’s back up to Thanksgiving for a minute because I have one more side dish to share with you…..Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots.
I’ve never actually had green bean casserole, and to be honest, I don’t even know what’s in a green bean casserole. I do love green beans though, and I’m always happy to see them in the Thanksgiving line up!
Toss your green beans with some deep brown, tender, sweet and savory caramelized shallots for a side dish all your guests will love.
* Don’t rush the caramelized shallots! Caramelizing is all about low heat, slow cooking and frequent stirring.
* Get a jump on this dish by caramelizing the shallots and blanching the green beans one or two days beforehand, then heat everything in a saute pan about 15 minutes before you’re ready to sit down to dinner.