Hi I'm Michelle, a self-professed "creative Type A," constantly in pursuit of a joy-filled, well balanced life. My deepest desire is to help people celebrate the important moments of life. Please stay awhile and explore all of our planning tips, inspiration, and creative work.
November 5, 2018
If you’re like me, then you’re already working on your grocery list, continuously adding yummy recipes to your Thanksgiving Day menu and working to stock your pantry to perfection for each and every family favorite. You’re also spending way too much time scanning Pinterest for inspiration to set a splendid table. But with a busy lifestyle, sometimes wanting to make Thanksgiving special for the ones you love gets a little overwhelming, so this year I decided to do things a little differently. And I am super excited to share it with you!
To get a head start on making this year’s feast feel effortless and easy – yet packed with quality time and healthy servings of nostalgia – here’s the secret: order the big, signature items for your Thanksgiving dinner from the professionals. Don aprons, open cookbooks and get messy for a few meaningful family recipes to make with your family in the kitchen. Tackling Turkey Day this way lets you make memories while avoiding the major stressors. Believe me, it’s a recipe for success.
To prove it, this year I partnered with experts Chef Juan with Chez Montier to gain insight on their personal Thanksgiving menu options. They rattled off tips and tricks – plus a few recipes – to help me make my big day prep casual, easy and stress-free. The best part was that they shared one of their own family favorites – Aunt Prudence’s Buttery Whole Wheat Potato Rolls. Believe me, you’ll want a second, a third, and so on. Review the full holiday menu from Chez Montier available at https://www.chezmontier.com/holiday-food/
Chef Juan’s recipe for Aunt Prudence’s Potato Rolls. (Try it and let me know how it turns out!)
Ingredients – Dough
2 cups russet potatoes, roasted and pressed through a ricer
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, sifted
2 cups whole wheat flour, sifted
3 cups unbleached bread flour, sifted
16 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3 packages of yeast, instant rising
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons kosher salt
5 large whole eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup vegetable oil (for shaping the rolls)
Ingredients – Glaze
. cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch of salt
Once a skin has formed on top of the milk sprinkle . teaspoon of sugar
and all of the yeast over the top. Stir to combine.
temperature of the room 30-45 minutes.
until light in color and smooth.
and blend till smooth.
potato mixture one cup at a time.
until all of the flour is combined.
as required if tacky.
warm dry place and let rise until doubled in size.
the dough onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes. Add flour as
required if tacky.
and let rise until the dough has doubled in size.
handful of dough and form the rolls by squeezing the dough through your
thumb and first finger to create a smooth ball approximately 1. “ in
this point the formed rolls can be frozen). Allow the rolls to rise and
double in size.
Brush with the glaze immediately upon taking out of the oven.
*Note: When ready to bake the frozen rolls, thaw, let rise and then bake.
I can’t wait to hear how your big Thanksgiving Day goes! What’s your family’s favorite feast addition? Squash casserole? Creamy green bean casserole? Made-from-scratch dumplings? My mouth is already watering – here’s to smooth sailing and yummy taste tests until Turkey Day!
Venue – 433 Bishop
Catering – Chez Montier
Design + Planning – Michelle Gainey, Lemiga Events
Photography – Janet Howard Studio
Video – Joel Adrian
Makeup – Scoobie West
Website Design by Carrylove Designs | Created with Showit