Copyright 2013 Clare Crespo

Copyright 2013 Clare Crespo

Remember I did one of these mandalas for October? The one with all the Halloween candy? Well, it was fun to make so I made another. I think I am on a roll! Let me introduce you to November's mandala above! Something to meditate on! Go deep! Happy Thanksgiving!

I Give Thanks for this Cake!

Wow! Wowza! Whoa! Wowie! Would you look at this cake??????? It was made by Ely Kim and it is a Thanksgiving Miracle! He created it for a Bake-Off and I am fairly certain that he WON, hands down! Following is a description of this masterpiece written by Ely:

The Thanksgiving Feast

Tantalizing Turkey

Three layers of spiced pumpkin cake sandwiched between layers of velvety Vermont maple cream cheese frosting, then lightly dusted with toasted walnut and cake crumb.

The breast is the juiciest part, and healthiest! Raw cranberries for decoration only.

Supreme Stuffing

Not just any apple crumble, but a combination of fresh Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious apples, spiced with cinnamon and a caramelized brown sugar.

Magnificent Mashed Potatoes

Freshly whipped cream kissed with cinnamon spice.

I love it, Ely! You have made my Thanksgiving so happy already and its not even Thursday. HIGH FIVE!!!

Mutant Turkey!

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier from "The Secret Life of Food" by Clare Crespo  

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier from "The Secret Life of Food" by Clare Crespo 

Step by Step  

Step by Step 

Imagine this turkey running around the woods!! Awe your Thanksgiving guests with this wild dish and be thankful for two extra drumsticks. 

Mutant Turkey

1 roasting turkey

2 extra drum


olive oil

salt and pepper

garlic powder

sturdy toothpicks, short skewers or poultry needle and thread


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Rub the turkey and extra drumsticks with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on the skin. 2. Place the bird and drumsticks on a rack in an uncovered pan, and put them in the oven. Reduce the heat to 350°. Roast about 20 minutes per pound of turkey. The drumsticks will be done more quickly, in an hour. 3. Remove the drumsticks from the oven when ready. 4. *Remove the turkey when ready and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 5. Then attach the legs to the body of the turkey with toothpicks, skewers, or a poultry needle and thread before serving.


* To test the turkey for doneness, prick it where the drumsticks attach to the body with a toothpick or sharp knife. When the juices run clear, it is ready!