In our families, Thanksgiving is usually the holiday that goes unclaimed (unlike Christmas Eve, which has people throwing their hats in the ring starting in September. This year, my mother invited everyone over in August.)
(I’m not kidding.)
So for the last few years, we’ve taken Thanksgiving.
I’m not a huge fan of turkey. I will eat two very small pieces, then fill up on all of the side dishes that grace the table. But I love to cook, so I’m happy inviting everyone over and feeding them a feast.
Last year we hosted 18 people, which bordered on the crazy side.
This year, we will be a modest 11 peeps.
Because of this, we can all sit at the adult table. I only have to make one casserole of each side dish instead of two. People do not have to eat in the living room.
Even though the crew will be drastically smaller this year, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
My dad was sweet enough to offer up his services.
DAD: “Are you off on Wednesday?”
ME: “I’m ‘working from home’.” (insert air quotes)
DAD: “Well, I’m off too, so let me know if you need help.”
ME: Hmm. “Really?”
DAD: “Sure. If you need me to run errands or something…”
ME: “My house needs to be cleaned…”
That being said, I’m going to be a busy girl the next 48 hours.
So, for year 3 of Thanksgiving at KK's house, I thought I'd share the menu.
Roasted figs stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped with prosciutto, drizzled with honey
Cheese (Baked brie? Goat cheese? I haven’t decided yet)
Veggies and dip (with dip served in hallowed out gourd, of course)
Butternut squash and sage bisque
Turkey (the breast only, we’re bunch of white-meat lovers)
Cornbread, sausage and apple stuffing
Sweet potatoes (Aunt Carole’s famous for them!)
Mom’s mashed potatoes
Roasted fennel, onions and shallots
Sauteed swiss chard
Homemade cranberry sauce
Delicious (steaming hot) gravy
Warm and toasty chestnuts
Chocolate cream pie
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!