Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast!

So this was my third year making Thanksgiving dinner (cumulatively), but each year it has been for a different size crowd and consisted of a different menu. This year I decided to give it my all. We only had 9 people, but my sister and I really wanted to make it special. Our guests included her in-laws and my boyfriend, so we really wanted to show off our culinary skills.
Luckily, the meal was a success. The menu was very traditional and used traditional cooking methods. I was more focused on making everything taste great and the way it was supposed to than to try modernized recipes and risk failure. So this is the menu run-down:

  • 18.5 pound turkey stuffed with rosemary, thyme, garlic and oranges. Skin separated and seasoned with a garlic herb butter sauce and zested with orange peels. Then it was laid on a bed of onions and chicken stock.
  • Stuffing with apples and walnuts
  • Green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions
  • Garlic and chive mashed potatoes
  • Sweet carrots in brown sugar
  • Sweet yellow corn
  • Cranberry sauce (out of the can - it's the best!)
  • Biscuits
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Apple pie
  • Cheesecake
  • Homemade cranberry bread

Only a few mishaps happened this year, but that all added to the fun and entertainment of cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We had a hole in the roasting pan, clogged the garbage disposal, and my sister badly burned her hand. Luckily there was enough wine, beer, and spirits to ease the pain.

Drink menu consisted of Beaujolais Nouveau 2011, Da Vinci Chianti, winter craft beer selection, and Johnny Walker Double Black limited edition.

Pre-dinner table settings

Next year the boys have volunteered to take care of the turkey and try to fry it. As for us girls, we will stay nice and cozy inside preparing the sides and drinking some fabulous wine.


  1. Sounds delicious, Erin! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks for commenting Kaitlin. We should catch up soon!