Last weekend we celebrated one of our most cherished traditions – Friendsgiving. We get together with four couples and plan and cook and then devour a completely revolutionary Thanksgiving meal. The idea is to try something new – a new recipe you want to test before the big day, a side dish you know no one at your own Thanksgiving table would eat, a new trend…. you get the idea. Over the years we’ve found some keepers, and some, well, let’s just say they weren’t worth the effort to make again. This year we were lucky to also celebrate a 50th birthday on the day of our dinner. I wish I had taken more pictures, but sometime between the first champagne cocktail and the last glass of wine, I got caught up in the foodiness of the event and forgot. Oops.
- roasted squash ravioli with sage brown butter
- roasted squash with spicy cilantro-chili sauce (no recipe because Alex made this one up. I’ll ask him for his secret sauce, it was good!)
- chorizo arancini (chorizo was made from scratch, truly amazing)
- turkey with bacon lattice top (yes, it was as pretty as that picture)
- challah and cherry stuffing (you know anything with challah has got to be good)
- potato and cauliflower gratin (definitely making this again)
- brussel sprouts roasted with bacon, maple and balsamic (love)
- salad with endive, roasted beets, citrus and persimmons (local persimmons hand picked from a friend’s farm)
- birthday cake (my goodness, best cake ever!)
- apple-pear-cherry pie (this recipe with this design)
Someone at the party said I dressed like Laura Petrie. I didn’t know who that was so I looked it up. Pretty darn cute dresser and dancer, I think:
What did we eat for the rest of the week? There were a few goodies!
- I love these sauces, so when they go on sale I work them into our menu. Fish tacos (2 pounds frozen tilapia at WFM for $14.99) one night, and pork carnitas another night.
- sweet potato gratin with swiss chard, pork loin
- Greek chicken, tomato and cucumber salad
- one rainy day I made fresh rolls, so we had egg sandwiches for dinner
Enjoy your week, and let me know what’s on your Thanksgiving wish list! xo M.