Our Thanksgiving Feast

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a a good one. We sure did. I have been busy cooking and cleaning for the past two days, pretty much non-stop, making sure the house was clean and all our guests had a delicious food and a great time. As usual, it was a major success. After our big meal, we all played a couple of rounds of Apples to Apples before our guests left. Then it was time for Larry and I to clean everything up.

The tables are set and ready for our guests to arrive.

Before the main dishes came out, we munched on some appetizers and starters. I prepared some spiced nuts and a relish tray. I knew my friend Marianne was bringing appetizers, so I kept it light. What I didn’t realize though, was that she was going to bring so many appetizers. But everything was very good. Needless to say, we hardly made a dent on the appetizers before starting on the main meal.

I cooked all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Larry smoked a turkey, as well as some ribs and a pork shoulder. His turkey was good, but maybe I am just a traditionalist. I prefer it roasted in the oven. The smoked turkey just wasn’t as juicy as it is when in I roast it in the oven.

I made an artichoke and sundried tomato stuffing or dressing. The main difference between a dressing and a stuffing is that the dressing is cooked separately and the stuffing is cooked inside the bird. It is usually healthier to cook them separately; less likely for cross contaminating the foods and it ensures everything cooks properly and completely.

Of course, there were mashed potatoes, a steamed medley of winter vegetables, rolls and cranberry relish too. My friend Suzanne brought some roasted sweet potatoes. I didn’t get any pictures of any of these dishes, but trust me, our table was full. I guarantee, none of us left the table hungry. Our tummies were very full and very satisfied.

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without desserts. Instead of a traditional pumpkin pie I made a pumpkin chiffon pie this year. It was a big hit.

I also made a rustic apple and almond tart that was just perfect with ice cream. This too was very popular.

I don’t have to cook anything for pretty much most of the week now. The recipes for my dishes will be coming later.

We continued the tradition of visiting InVINtions for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This year though, instead of going in our pajamas, they had a wine monopoly game or wineopoly, which was a lot of fun. Because of the restrictions in place, not as many people could enjoy the indoor festivities at the same time. So they had separate tables of wineopoly games set up around and tables set up outside where we could enjoy our favorite libations and nibblies after the game. We took some of our leftover nibblies from last night to munch on. They went perfectly with a glass of wine.

I hope you all had an enjoyable and safe holiday. Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday because it is all about family, spending time with loved ones and being thankful for what we have. I know I most definitely have a lot to be thankful for too.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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