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2015 Thanksgiving Dining at South Coast Plaza

Instead of spending the day in the kitchen, spend it with those that mean the most to you. South Coast Plaza has a variety of Thanksgiving Dinner options to choose from whether it’s a full meal or dessert. { more }

LUCCA offers Thanksgiving2Go

Chef Cathy Pavlos at LUCCA is offering to handle everything from shopping for groceries and scrubbing roasting pans, to worrying about whether the turkey is cooked to the right temperature and picking out wines! The best part of the deal? You can impress family and friends with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner menu featuring Free-Range Turkeys cooked to perfection! “I am proud to say that our attention to detail is ‘legendary,’ which means that our customers can relax and enjoy themselves,” comments Cathy Pavlos, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Irvine eatery.  { more }

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Offers Southern-Inspired Comfort Foods For Fall

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que restaurants are dishing up comfort food favorites with a Southern-inspired twist as part of its new fall menu. Lucille’s famous hickory-smoked turkey and new Salisbury steak are the centerpieces of three new Classic Comforts offerings. Lucille’s is also offering delicious Thanksgiving Day meals that are also available for take-out.  { more }

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2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup cognac
2 cups apple cider
750ml bottle dry sparkling wine, chilled
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Add the apples to a large pitcher reserving about 1/2 cup for garnishing. Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava. Stir. Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

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Plan a Traditional Thanksgiving Day

The smell of roast turkey permeates the air. Thoughts of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes- golden with butter and a green bean casserole made with a cream sauce float along with that smell of turkey. These are some of today’s traditional Thanksgiving day dinner items. But the original Thanksgiving was far from the traditions we know of today.  { more }

Thanksgiving at TAPS
The sumptuous TAPS Thanksgiving buffet includes an array of salads, cold seafood and fresh oysters, charcuterie and cheeses, traditional herb-brined turkey breast, honey-glazed ham and other hand-carved meats. Roasted Brussels sprouts, balsamic beets, mac n’ three cheese and house-made cranberry sauce will accompany other traditional sides. For dessert, enjoy an interactive chocolate fountain, crème brûlée, a holiday pie station with pumpkin and apple pies, and other assorted cakes and treats.

TAPS Thanksgiving buffet will be served from noon to 7 PM at both Brea and Irvine locations. Corona offerings, hours and pricing vary.
$43.99 adults, $14.99 kids ages 3-10, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Cranberry Sauce

What You Need:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 12-oz package cranberries
  • optional-orange zest, cinnamon
How To Make:
  1. Clean cranberries. In a pan bring to a boil orange juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes until cranberries burst.
  2. Now you can add in the optional few strips of orange zest or a pinch of cinnamon.
  3. Remove from heat. Cool completely, then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

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