Thanksgiving Ideas

November 14th, 2018 6 Comments

 

Union Stations, across the country they are some of the grandest of gathering halls still standing. Palatial and elaborate, they hail from an era when trains were the luxurious way to travel and give us a glimpse into the past.

 

Technically the term Union Station means a station where two or more railroad companies converge and share tracks and passengers can connect easily. To me they are a hub of intersecting lives and journeys, people traveling within a city, arriving at a city, or passing through a city connecting with another route. So much more relaxed than an airport—no TSA and in general people seem friendlier. And such a Common Purpose name: ‘Union Station’: a joined stopping place, an association of travelers, its very name means ‘coming together’. I like that notion.

 

 

Hanging out in Chicago’s Union Station, looking up at the Canal Street exit where the wind hits you with a gale force as you walk through the doors.

 

 

 

 

The ceiling and wall of a room off the Great Hall in Chicago, it was like a mini museum, a quiet space to wander. Much of the Great Hall was under construction and filled with scaffolding and tarps so it may take another trek to find out the full plan of the renovation. Check out this article for more about it.

 

 

 

Arriving at Washington D.C. Union Station I was welcomed by this church for travelers. Shops are attached to the main hall, making it easy to kill a few hours of layover. I realized later that the Metro train stations in D.C. somewhat mimic the look of this grandiose arched passageway.

 

 

 

Now to the food! Here are a few ideas for Holiday dishes if you’re looking for a twist on traditional fare, or maybe you haven’t yet thought about any of it and need a nudge of inspiration.

 

Safe travels! 

 

 

 

Appetizers

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NOPI’s Ginger Tomatoes

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Crispy Baked Parmesan Eggplant Fries

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Roasted Garlic Beet Hummus

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Fried Cauliflower with a Curry Dip

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Sides

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Autumn Glow Salad

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Pomegranate, Kale, Wild Rice Salad

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Prune Glazed Brussel Sprouts

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Creamy Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

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A Really Great Mushroom Casserole 

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Caramelized Tofu

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Twice Roasted Maple Harissa Sweet Potatoes

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Yam Puree with Chipotle

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Stuffed Acorn Squash–Two Ways

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Chermoula with Roasted Squash

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Curried Gratin

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Roasted Pumpkin with Tamarind Coriander Chutney

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Pumpkin Stuffed with Sausage Mushroom Risotto

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Curried Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

 

 

Desserts

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Pumpkin Coconut Custard

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Sweet Soup (SØTSUPPE)

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Rich Chocolate Slice 

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Strawberry Lemon-Thyme Tart

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Ginger Grapefood Curd

 

 

Thanksgiving lists to Revisit:

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2017

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2016

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2014

 

 

 

Denver Union Station…they like their arches. 

 

 

 

 

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” 

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– Chief Seattle

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. >Norma Hervey says:

    The first picture is an exact replica of a builiding in Praha wher eI have an event next Tuesday My first thought was that you were using the building here until I ventured further. Alas, I can no longer get the recipes as I have avoided “cookies” since I can’t see well enough to be sure what I am agreeing. I will save this post and talk to you next summer!! NO Thanksgiving here, alas. I remember wonerful ones shred.

  2. Benji says:

    Love these images of the various Union Stations. Can’t wait to see what Chicago looks like when it is finished with current projects, and the Denver station is really something, isn’t it? The amount of development around that specific area is mind boggling. Long live the train!

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