A scrumptious side and a decadent dessert from two Maine culinary pros’ lineup of chef-worthy Thanksgiving recipes.
By Yankee Magazine
Oct 10 2017
Endive Salad with Feta and Grapefruit | Thanksgiving RecipesPhoto Credit : Heath Robbins
It’s no surprise that Justin and Danielle Walker’s family table features some of the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes around. The Maine husband-and-wife team has spent about 17 years together in the restaurant business, first at Arrows in Ogunquit — where Justin rose through the ranks as a chef and Danielle trained as a sommelier and manager — and then at Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, where he was chef and she the GM. Plus, earlier this year they purchased the 1926 Cape Neddick Inn restaurant (to be renamed Walkers), bringing the dream of their own place to fruition.
Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso recently visited with the couple at their Maine farm as they and their family gathered for an inspired holiday meal. It was an idyllic setting, complete with rolling farmland, a firepit for after-dinner socializing, and, of course, a table laden with chef-worthy Thanksgiving recipes.
The following dishes were among those served at the Walkers’ holiday farm feast. To read the full story and to get additional family-pleasing Thanksgiving recipes — including Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Sourdough Dressing with Roasted Squash and Sausage, and Bourbon Walnut Pecan Pie — see “Thanksgiving on the Farm” in the November/December 2017 issue.
Perfect for balancing out a rich meal, this bracing seasonal salad is built on two typically bitter ingredients, grapefruit and endive, whose sharpness is softened by a sprinkling of salty feta cheese.
That Thanksgiving staple, pumpkin, gets a tasty twist as the key ingredient in these festive sundaes topped with crumbly streusel or candied pumpkin slices. We include instructions for making your own pumpkin ice cream, but you can also use your favorite premium pumpkin ice cream from the freezer section — you’ll be digging into this sweet treat that much faster!