Food Bloggers L.A. Do Thanksgiving!

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 9, 2012

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If you’re looking to branch out just a bit from your usual Thanksgiving fare, the Food Bloggers Los Angeles group has a treat for you today.

This passionate group of food writers met recently for an early Thanksgiving, and to strut our stuff before some of the most discriminating palates in Los Angeles.

We baked, we roasted, we whirled and stirred; we sizzled, sautéed and skimmed. And we came up with a feast fit for So Cal royalty!

Drool, if you dare, over these Thanksgiving offerings, from starters to sweets, and everything in between. Choose something here to add to your own feast!

Starters and Salad and Bread

Spinach Crepe SpiralsLynne Hemer of Cook & Be Merry brought delicate, delicious Spinach Crepe Spirals.

Sweet Potato BiscuitsDana Shrager of Foodie Goes Healthy brought cute little Sweet Potato Biscuits and Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Bouchon Bakery Bacon Cheddar SconesSusan Silverberg of The Home Artist brought Bouchon Bakery Bacon Cheddar and Chive Scones.

White Cheddar Black Pepper SconesCheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen baked two kinds of scones — Hazelnut Dried Cherry, and White Cheddar Black Pepper Scones.

Hefeweizen Honey RollsJackie Dodd of The Beeroness brought Hefeweizen Honey Rolls.

Hint: Any of the breads we had would be perfect for day-after turkey sandwiches, too.

Warm Rice SaladJackie also gave us a Warm Rice Salad with Corn and Goat Cheese. Yeah.

Pumpkin Pie Wontons with Maple Whipped CreamAllison Day of Sushi Day created Pumpkin Pie Wontons with Maple Whipped Cream. Dessert or starter…you decide.


Roasted Parsnip and Apple SoupNeha Mathur of Much More Than a Homemaker intrigued us with a Roasted Parsnip and Apple Soup.

Nancy Buchanan of A Communal Table brought Pumpkin Peanut Soup.


Cranberry ConserveLiz Schmitt of Liz the Chef drove up from San Diego to join us with her vibrant Cranberry Conserve.

Giblet GravyLana Watkins of Bibberche brought classic Giblet Gravy.

Charmoula SauceDavid Latt of Men Who Like to Cook brought a verdant Charmoula Sauce….

Moroccan Preserved Pickled Vegetables…and Moroccan Preserved Pickled Vegetables.

Cranberry Raspberry SauceSusan Salzman of The Urban Baker made a Cranberry Raspberry Relish.


Green Bean Casserole from ScratchErika Kerekes from In Erika’s Kitchen arrived with two dishes – a delicious updated Green Bean Casserole without the goopy canned soup …

Duchess Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes…and Duchess Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes. Yes, they really are that color! (And I want that tree-slice serving board, in case anyone wonders what to get me for Christmas!)

Southern Candied Sweet PotatoesLana Watkins also brought classic Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes.

Mains and Stuffing

Pumpkin Mushroom LasagnaEllen Rosentreter of Golden Hour Glass brought a Pumpkin Mushroom Pepper Lasagna.

Stuffed Mini PumpkinsJudy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad entered to ooohs and aaahs with her pretty Stuffed Mini Pumpkins.

Shiitake Mushroom, Leek, Bacon and Tarragon StuffingTina Ferris of The Unprocess made a Shiitake Mushroom, Leek, Bacon and Tarragon Stuffing.

Rustic Herb StuffingSusan Salzman of The Urban Baker brought a Rustic Herb Stuffing I couldn’t stop eating.


Melt in Your Mouth Chocolate TartNo slouch, Judy Lyness also brought her Melt in Your Mouth Chocolate Tart. And it did.

Mini Pumpkin-Maple Tarts with Toasted Pecan Streusel I (Shockingly Delicious), brought Mini Pumpkin-Maple Tarts with Toasted Pecan Streusel, a recipe from Abby Dodge’s new cookbook that had my family raving.

Millet BarsOur host, Andrew Wilder, of Eating Rules, brought intriguingly healthy, sweet Honey Nut Popped Amaranth Alegrias.

Vintage Crushed Pineapple CakeLeslie Macchiarella of Bake This Cake made a Vintage Crushed Pineapple Cake adorned with real sunflowers that was also to celebrate FBLA’s 3rd birthday! Yes, we are out of the terrible twos.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Louise Mellor of Geez Louise brought a Pumpkin Spice Cake topped with a thick maple cream cheese frosting and little ruby red organic walnuts. Yes, they really are that color!

Pecan Crusted Salted Spiced Caramel Pumpkin PieValentina Wein of Cooking on the Weekends brought a Pecan Crusted Salted Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie. Say that fast three times!

Sweet Potato PiePatricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash graced the table with Sweet Potato Pie in its own little tableau.

Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Topped with Dark Chocolate GanacheChristina Conte of Christina’s Cucina brought a showstopping Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache.   She had brought it last month, but we begged her for it again…that’s how good it is.

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