Do you get nervous about baking? Sometimes I do, especially when it comes to making pastries. But when Abby Dodge sends me a new recipe, I read it through, gather my ingredients, and take her step-by-step instructions one at a time. Before I know it, I’m saying, “Hey, this isn’t so hard. Actually, it’s really fun!” And then when I see and taste the results I feel like a genius.

It happened again this weekend when I made Abby’s Cheese and Herb Spiral Biscuits, a recipe that arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. I had so much fun making the dough, spreading the filling, and rolling the whole thing up “jelly-roll style.” The house smelled incredible while the biscuits were baking, and it was hard not to eat these flaky, buttery treats the minute they came out of the oven.

Susie Middleton

Good news: if you want to make these for Thanksgiving, you can make the dough, assemble and slice the biscuits, and store them right in the pan, unbaked, in the fridge for up to 24 hours. This way you can bake them fresh on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to read all of Abby’s other tips and variation suggestions in Baking Together #38.

Susie Middleton

Just a reminder: From Abby we have two other fabulous bread options for the Thanksgiving table — Buttery Small Batch Dinner Rolls and Cheesy Biscuits Squared.

Susie Middleton

I have to admit, Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on me, so when I was writing about our Thanksgiving Recipe Collection and Thanksgiving Central in last week’s newsletter, in my head I thought we had more time to prepare. But all of a sudden, Thanksgiving is next week – yikes! If you haven’t ordered your fresh turkey or any sides or pies you want to purchase, check out the sources below to be sure you don’t miss a deadline. (Morning Glory Farm’s deadline for ordering a fresh turkey has passed.)

If you’re deep into the menu planning stage, I thought it would be most helpful for me to suggest a sample of Cook the Vineyard recipes to finalize your menu (see below). Mix and match as you please. Remember that we talked about mashed potatoes and appetizers in last week’s newsletter, so you can check those out and also visit our appetizer recipe archive and our potato recipe archive.


Thanksgiving Mix and Match Recipes


Susie Middleton

Build-Your-Own Winter Holiday Salad

Arugula, Caramelized Pear, and Toasted Walnut Salad

Turkey & Gravy

Susie Middleton

Simple Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Thyme Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Ben Fink

Cranberry Citrus Compote

Vineyard Rhubarb Chutney with Dried Cranberries


Jeanna Shepard

Vineyard Stuffing with Shiitake Mushrooms and Leeks  

Butternut Squash, Kale & Parmigiano Gratin

Creamy Parmesan Greens Gratin

Cauliflower, Leek and Fontina Gratin

Fresh Green Beans with Lemon Oil

Slow-Sautéed Green Beans with Shiitakes & Prosciutto 

Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Garlic Slow-Sauté with Orange Balsamic Butter

Roasted Turnips and Pears with Rosemary-Honey Drizzle

Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

Susie Middleton

Roasted Koginut Squash with Apple, Cranberry & Brussels Sprouts Stuffing 

Roasted Squash on Cornmeal Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Butter

Pies & Tarts

Susie Middleton

Classic Apple Crumb Pie

A Master Recipe for Fruit Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart with Crushed Pretzel Crust

Rustic Fruit Tarts


If all that seems a bit much, remember you can always have a Simple Roast Chicken with Pan Gravy!

If you have a Thanksgiving question we can help you with, be sure to email us. Have a great week and I’ll see you on Instagram @cookthevineyard.


What's Open, What's Happening

If you're looking to make a dinner reservation or wondering which farm stands and markets are open, visit What's Open on Martha's Vineyard for regularly updated listings.



Visit Thanksgiving Central for information about Thanksgiving take-out and dine-in options as well as sources for fresh turkeys. Please note that deadlines for ordering are fast approaching.