Our Wine and Food Experts Are Ready To Help You This Thanksgiving
Whether you’re a longtime host dedicated to creating a barrage of holiday courses or a regular guest that feels flummoxed at the thought of making chocolate chip cookies, Thanksgiving is daunting for all of us. But it doesn’t have to be – especially when you have the guidance of wine and food professionals.
For 13 years, we at Mount Salem Kitchen have used our food and wine expertise to help our guests on the Saturday before Thanksgiving – our personal calm before the storm before the pandemonium of holiday retail – do everything from select wine pairings, to share recipes, to design a full-on holiday menu.
How the tradition began 13 years ago
It all started when, during otherwise normal November weekend visits, some of our visitors quietly shared their anxiety about hosting Thanksgiving or simply choosing a fitting wine to bring to another’s table. We heard it all so much that we let our subscribers know that we would be happy to help – all they had to do was head to our Pittstown farm.
Soon, their lists of worries poured out. They wondered what to make or how to make it, especially considering then-newly-emerging dietary restrictions. So, we took a look at our repertoire of literally hundreds of our own recipes that we developed and tested – and we offered copies, for free.
Since then, that pre-Thanksgiving Saturday has become a tradition here at Mount Salem Kitchen, where we give back to our loyal fanbase while sharing good recipes and fine wine before Black Friday and the holiday season has us hustling.
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And it’s worked. Our guests have frequently told us that our recipes have made their way to their regular Thanksgiving menus, including our popular Thanksgiving Dinner For Ten, which includes an array of traditional recipes such as roast turkey with gravy, cranberry and clementine relish, sausage onion sage dressing, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed carrots and green peas (and, best of all, it only takes four-and-a-half hours to prepare.)
Our Thanksgiving wine recommendations
Looking for some culinary or wine guidance for yourself this Thanksgiving? Stop by our farm this Saturday. When it comes to wine, we’ll tell you that while there is no such thing as the perfect Thanksgiving wine, we recommend one that is dry, not sweet; has a good acidity to counter-balance the range of flavors on a plate; a touch of fruit; and not heavy in alcohol (about 13% by volume.)
And, many of our Mount Salem Vineyards fit this profile just right, whether they’re red, white or rose. Some of our personal favorites are Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, with a Pinot Noir Rosé added. We’ll have each on our table this year – and we’re excited to see which wines you choose to be an ideal fit for yours.
Here’s one of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 10 Yukon gold potatoes, washed and cut in half (peeling unnecessary, unless blemished)
- 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and trimmed
- 8 T. Butter
- 2 C. whole milk, heated
- Salt, white pepper
- Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil, add 1 T. salt, the potatoes, and the garlic. Boil for 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain into a colander and return to the pot.
- Mash the potatoes (using a masher!) thoroughly, then stir in 4 T. of butter and 1 C. of the heated milk. Gradually add the remaining butter and milk until the desired consistency is reached.
- Serve immediately, or add additional warm milk to slightly thin the mashed potatoes and place the pot, covered, on low heat (stir occasionally, watch for burning).