Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Event - Thanksgiving Dinner
Place - My sister's house

First Course - Antipasto

This last photo was a dish my brother-in-law made. It had Goat Cheese and pimentos in it. We really liked this.The recipe has been requested and will be posted when it is received.

Second course - Italian Wedding Soup

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. My sister makes the best chicken soup in the world.

Third Course - Stuffed Artichokes

This is my favorite Thanksgiving dish, Stuffed Artichokes. My brother-in-law's sister, Mary, makes these. They were delicious. She makes them with a light bread stuffing that is very close to how her mother made them. I have said a number of times what a great cook my mother was but in second place would be my brother-law's mother. Thanksgivings at her house were amazing with the amount of delicious food she would put on the table.

Main Course - Imagine photo of Turkey and Stuffing here.

It was a picture perfect bird... if I had just taken the photo. It was cooked perfectly, nice and moist. The stuffing was a bread stuffing that my sister makes. I think it was her mother-in-law's recipe. Gravy and two kinds of Cranberry Sauce, canned and homemade, were also served.

My contribution to the meal were a couple of sides dishes. Fortunately I took photos yesterday when I made them. One was Oven Baked Mixed Vegetables - Verdure Miste Al Forno from
Biba's Italian Kitchen cookbook.

I also made the Primavera Risotto Cake. When making the Risotto I used Vegetable Stock instead of Chicken stock. I made the vegetable stock instead of using the canned stuff. I never liked canned vegetable stock but this homemade stock is good. And I certainly have enough left over to freeze.

And I brought the Candied Yams... no photo.

Dessert -
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Tonya, brought dessert. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. They are now on my list of favorite Thanksgiving dishes. There was graham cracker crust on the bottom and the center was the texture of pumpkin pie while the outside was like a cupcake. Amazing. I have always liked pumpkin pie but the cupcake just made it seem less filling.

The dish that was left behind -
Tuscan Onion Confit

On the way home I realized that I had forgot to bring a dish that I had made. It was a new recipe that I found online for an onion relish that would have been served along with the main course. Well I guess I will find a use for it... Here is a link for the recipe.

All the food was delicious. A nice selection of wines were served, we even had some of my dad's homemade Grenache.

Another perfect Thanksgiving meal at my sister's house!

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