Sunday, November 25, 2007

Our First Thanksgiving

And what a lovely feast it was! As much as I gathered recipes and opinions and hints and ideas...I was a little worried about cooking several dishes that I had never made before and timing it all to be ready to serve at the same time. Thankfully (pun intended), everything came out perfectly. Thanks to all who listened to me talk about my Thanksgiving menu for two months!

The Menu:
Hors d'Ĺ“uvre:
* Shrimp wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto a la Rachael Ray
* Sliced Parisian bread with onion & tomato confits and olive tapenade
* Gerkin pickles - mom's request!

Main dishes:
* One 13-pound fresh turkey, brined and stuffed with herbs & veggies
* Portobello and Crimini Mushroom Pan Gravy
* Sage, Apple, Cherry & Mushroom Stuffing (from homemade bread!)
* Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Mashed Red Bliss Potatoes
* Green Bean Casserole (recipe straight from the Campbell's can)

Dessert:
* Homemade Apple Pie with Non-Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
* Sweet Potato Pie from Community Servings (Good idea, bad pie.)

Our tiny T-Day table (forced us into eating buffet-style):

Dad did the honors with his electric carving knife (I kind of forgot to take a photo of the intact turkey - who has time for that while preparing a feast?!):

A beautifully carved bird (with green bean casserole in the background):

I am admittedly proud of my stuffing:

Piled high, pre-gravy:

My dad wouldn't have come if I didn't make apple pie! (Kidding...I think...)

Is it too early to plan for 2008?

2 comments:

Janet & Hank said...

Hi Erin... everything looks yummy. Wow even the leaf on the apple pie! Amazing!I would ask for recipes, but I will wait until I have an inkling that I may have the time to cook. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with your family - thanks for the pictures. Dinner last night was fun, too! We ahve to do it again, soon:)

Caissa said...

Ha ha - How wonderful! What a great day! Glad to hear that all came out perfectly. I laughed when I saw your small table. It's so cute! I went to my sister's and we had both of the leaves in so that we could seat our largest party yet- a total of 8 people. (Still, it's not that many.) Miss you! -C