1. Food
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Calvin Trillin's Alternative Thanksgiving Dinner Menu



Spaghetti Carbonara

Linda Larsen Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Linda Larsen Salmon-Spaghetti-Carbonara.jpg

Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara

Linda Larsen

Alternate Thanksgiving menus can really be anything you want. I love the idea behind this festive and easy menu. Calvin Trillin is one of my food heros. His books about food, including Alice Let's Eat, are incredible. Even though he isn't a cook (but an eater), he writes so simply and compellingly about food my mouth waters every time I read his prose.

And he has a fabulous idea about Thanksgiving! Since Christopher Columbus discovered America (well, maybe), our Thanksgiving dinner should be something Italian; namely, Spaghetti Carbonara, that fabulous and delicious simple entree. So let's go with it! You might want to have copies of Mr. Trillin's books as party favors for your guests to make this a really special evening.

If your family doesn't like turkey, this is a great alternative meal that is easy, last minute, and so delicious. Enjoy.


Calvin Trillin's Alternative Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Spaghetti Carbonara
    Serve this easy and classic Italian dish, or make it with salmon!
  • Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara
    I love this twist on this recipe. Use leftover salmon or cook some just for this delicious dish.
  • Garlic and Herb Parmesan Knots
    More garlic is just what this menu needs! Start with breadstick dough and add a few ingredients to make warm and flavorful rolls.
  • Crockpot Spicy Glazed Carrots
    Since the main dish is such an easy stovetop meal, let your crockpot do some of the work! Tender glazed carrots cooked with a bit of spice is the perfect side dish. Although not Italian!
  • Spinach Strawberry Salad
    Strawberries really come back in the market around Thanksgiving. And this beautiful salad is a delicious complement to the rich main dish.
  • Italian Frosty Dessert
    A cool and easy make ahead dessert is the best way to conclude this fun meal.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.