Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010, Good Friends, Good Times, Good Food, Good Wine

"Bless our hearts to hear the breaking of the bread the song of the universe."
-Fr. John B. Giuliani

My good  friend Pam and her mother Sue, joined Tony and I along with our friend Rik for a very special Thanksgiving dinner.  Special because we were with some of our favorite people.

Pam helped me out with the cooking and baking.  She brought along some pumpkin for the pumpkin pie and pumpkin custard. Pam used her mother's recipe for the pumpkin pie.  I made a pear and apple tart.  Pam also made the Brussel sprouts, Tony's persimmon salsa and a shitake gravy.

Thanksgiving Day Menu 2010
Roast Turkey with Traditional Bread Stuffing
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Turkey and Shitake Mushroom Gravy
Garden Mesclun Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
Harvard Beets
Steamed Brussel Sprouts with Black Olive Tapenade
Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes
 Tiny New Heirloom Potatoes
Artisan Bread with Butter
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
Persimmon Salsa
Pumpkin Pie a la Sue
Pumpkin Custard
Rustic Apple Pear Tart
Cinnamon Dusted Whipped Cream
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Wall in our dining room.

Apple Tart and Pumpkin Pie, Vanilla Haagen Dazs was on hand, too. All were delightful and some cinnamon dusted fresh whipped cream didn't hurt either!

Sweet Potato and Tiny New Potatoes dressed with Olive Oil, Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Marjoram ready for the oven. Roasted at 400 degree for 30 minutes and they both were perfect. All the herbs were picked fresh this morning from my garden.
Pam (please excuse my messy kitchen)
waiting, waiting.....
Roast Turkey with spring onions and parsley from the garden.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Tiny Heirloom Potatoes with Herbs, and Pam's Shitake Mushroom Gravy.

Table was set with my Mothers' china, Tonys' grandmothers frosted leaf glasses, (which happen to match the china perfectly) and my Oneida floral queen silver-plated flatware.  

The salad was freshly picked earlier from my garden; an assortment of mesclun, herbs, avocado, cucumber and heirloom tomatoes. 

Our friend Rik on the left, my husband Tony center, and Sue (Pam's mother)  on the right.  Sue celebrated her 91st birthday a couple of days earlier. 
Let the feasting begin!

Bon Appetite'


  1. OMG, I've gained 10 pounds! Looks delish!

  2. Carla, yes, you can call this a feast.All this lovely food carefully prepared and cooked. The glasses are delightful and the table setting looks wonderful. You had truly a very happy thanks giving. (We do not celebrate this here.)


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