We had a very special Thanksgiving this year as both my brothers and their families joined us. They live in Colorado and Vermont and we’re not often all together at the same time-last time was two years ago! The Vermont brother brought the turkey, which he had won in a silent raffle. It was a 22lb. free range had a happy life turkey. It was huge! On Thursday morning I was concerned that I hadn’t planned enough side dishes, but as usual I was absurd. We had so many leftovers it’s just ridiculous. The menu:
Appetizers: Orange Curried Pecans (from Party Nuts, of course), bacon wrapped dates (they were such a hit last year), mixed olives (I hate olives, but somehow thought everyone else would love them, plus I have a cute olive dish), and stuffed mushrooms (my brother made these and they were delicious. He says it’s because the secret ingredient was a slice of Taylor ham ground up.)
Main Course: The roast turkey, prepared with sage leaves placed under the skin, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper; Brussels Sprouts with Pecans; Cranberry Sauce (made from this November’s Food and Wine-made with a Fuji apple and in a loaf pan); Mashed Potatoes; Gravy (for some reason I made it very thick and then all night long wondered why I’d done that. For leftovers I thinned it out and it was great.); Corn Pudding (quite possibly my favorite thing); Stuffing (our traditional stuffing is celery, onion, and Arnold’s cubed stuffing); Sweet Spinach Salad (I also made this for Tabby’s party, it was delicious.)
Desserts: Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie, made by my brother; Cranberry Walnut Tart with ginger whipped cream.
Everything was delicious and we were all very full and happy. It was great to be all together and of course I made us pose for some group photographs. I am truly thankful every day for Paul, Clark, and Tabitha and the many blessings we all enjoy.
Oh, and of course I have to mention Tabby’s dress, which had its debut. I think it looked great and she was comfortable in it. I’m really pleased with it!