Thanksgiving: Traditional or Modern?

How do you like your Thanksgiving dinner?  Do you go with the traditional roast turkey and all the fixings, do you buck tradition in little ways like deep frying your bird, or do ignore tradition entirely and head out for exotic cuisines from far off lands?  While Thanksgiving is mostly about family and food, there are other traditions.  Football, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and many other events vie for our attention on that fourth Thursday of November.

BigOven Food Fight Adult vs. Kid's Table (PRNewsFoto/BigOven)

BigOven Food Fight Adult vs. Kid’s Table (PRNewsFoto/BigOven)

This November, BigOven is starting a #FoodFight, asking cooks to sound off on the big Thanksgiving questions on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. BigOven will propose a Thanksgiving-oriented debate each day, and America’s cooks will weigh in. Results will be posted with related recipes, menus and tips from BigOven, a top-rated recipe and organization website and app with a database of 350,000+ recipes.

The #FoodFight encompasses both food and social debates:

  • TV allowed or no TV allowed?
  • Do you like to host or visit others?
  • Are sweet potatoes better with marshmallows, or does this classic belong locked in the 1950’s?

BigOven will ask cooks to sound off on:

Go on over & join the conversations!

Amaro Amore

Reproduced Courtesy of NESCAFE and Curated by Alie & Georgia
Serves 1

Amaro AmoreAlie & Georgia say: Amaros are Italian herbal liqueurs, rich and syrupy, bitter and sweet with deep herbaceous aromas. We made this stirred drink and it turned out to be a perfect balance between the snap of the rye in the whiskey, the herbal sweet notes from the amaro. The slightly bitter and chocolaty espresso marries those flavors together, cuts the sweetness and gives it complexity. And Luxardo cherries are maraschino sophisticated older sister, so make sure you use these classy, dark red berries instead of the garish red ones you see at dive bars. This cocktail would be perfect for sitting in a leather club chair after dinner, talking about your guests’ world travels. Or the latest Real Housewives episode.

Amaro Amore
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 oz. Rye or bourbon
  • ¾ oz. Averna amaro
  • ½ oz. Espresso, chilled
Instructions
  1. Add first three ingredients to a tall glass or shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir with a long spoon (don't shake) and strain into an up glass.
  4. Garnish with one Luxardo cherry

 

 

Carajillo 43

Reproduced Courtesy of NESCAFE and Curated by Alie & Georgia
Serves 1

Alie & Georgia say: Simple but delicious. That’s why we love this one. Licor 43 is sweet and has wonderful vanilla notes, making it a great complement to so many cocktails. This makes a great after-dinner drink.

Carajillo 43
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 oz Licor 43
  • 3 oz Espresso, chilled
Instructions
  1. Pour ingredients in a glass over ice and serve.
  2. Pretend it was harder to make.

 

Orange You Glad It’s Got Tequila?

Reproduced Courtesy of NESCAFE and Curated by Alie & Georgia
Serves 1

Alie & Georgia say: The reposado tequila gives this cocktail some oaky depth, but the orange liqueur lends brightness and sweetness. The espresso has a smoky complexity and when stirred over ice and garnished with an orange peel, you have a rich and sophisticated sipper.

Orange You Glad It's Got Tequila?
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 oz. Reposado tequila
  • ¾ oz. Orange liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Espresso, chilled
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a tall glass or a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir with a long spoon (don't shake) for 30 seconds to a minute, and strain into an up glass.
  4. Garnish with a strip of orange peel, spiraled inside the glass.

 

Limoncello Iced Latte

Reproduced Courtesy of NESCAFE and Curated by Alie & Georgia
Serves 1

Alie & Georgia say: This playful cocktail brings that sweet tartness of limoncello together with coffee and trust us: your Sunday brunches just went next-level delicious.

Limoncello Iced Latte
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Villa Massa Limoncello
  • 2-1/2 oz coffee
  • Splash of cream
  • Whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Pour Limoncello and Grand Marnier into glass coffee cup or mug, over ice.
  2. Top with coffee and cream, stir well.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream -- because you deserve it.