Want to put a new twist on your Thanksgiving experience? Give your holiday table extra helpings of style, from memorable place cards to a chic after-dinner drink.
1. Try a new kind of cheese plate
Serve three or four cheeses on a large piece of slate, labeling each with chalk so everyone knows what they're eating. Add some truffle honey, fig cake, and good crackers.
2. Carve before roasting
Skip the tedious sawing at the table―and speed up the roasting―by having the butcher cut your turkey into parts beforehand.
Then you can add the white meat to the oven after the dark, which means all of the meat will be juicy. Decorate the platter with graceful and very Western olive sprigs (order from your local florist).
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3. Make memorable placecards
They're easy to create (just tie tags around the stems of rosy pears), and guests can take them home.
4. Pour a dramatic after-dinner drink
Good over ice cream too.
Time: About 20 minutes, plus infusing time.
Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups vodka
- 10 kumquats, cut in half lengthwise, plus 5 to 6 whole
- Several branches fresh thyme
- In a medium saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
- Stir in vodka. Pour mixture into a decanter and add kumquats (halves first) and thyme. Chill at least 3 weeks. Serve ice-cold, in shot glasses.
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