Many Thanks

• 25 November 2009

For the past three years we've enjoyed Thanksgiving with my sister and her family. We keep doing it because we have so much fun and we've found a great formula that works really well for us and our families. Simplicity + quality = a delicious meal that doesn't require a bajillion hours of preparation. We make concerted efforts to not allow any stress to creep up into this special holiday so we start preparing two days in advance. Together, my sister and I bake, chop, shop, and brine. It's fun, it makes her house smell wonderful, and it makes it possible to actually enjoy the holiday, which is truly what it's all about.

I am very grateful today as I know you are too. Many thanks to all of you for your constant support...I'm sending a whole bunch of warm fuzzies your way...Happy Thanksgiving!


P.S. If you care to know our tried + true menu, here it is:

Free-range Organic Turkey in Herbed Brine (my sister is converting me to organic meat--it's juicier and tastes better all around)
Mashed potatoes
Artisan Bread Stuffing with Sausage + Sage (my husband makes this each year)
Sauteed Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots
Carrot Souffle
Rolls from a local bakery (owned by my sister's friend)
Mixed Greens with Dijon Vinaigrette
Pecan Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie & Apple Crumb Pie

By the way, what are you making?

image via Gourmet (don't go!!)


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