stephmodo: Many Thanks

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!!)


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your loved ones. Your blog is a joy to visit, and you bring much beauty into the world!
    country girl

  2. Happy Thanksgiving... this year my younger sister has challenged us to find as many ingredients that are organic and local as possible to make our meal not only healthy for us, but for the environment, too. It's been a fun challenge, searching the stores for apples, pumpkins, dairy products, etc. that are made within a 100-200 mile radius of our home in Eugene, Oregon. I baked up two pies, apple-cranberry and an old fashioned molasses pumpkin pie... looking forward to a relaxing afternoon with our family today as we celebrate all we have to be thankful for.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! We're celebrating ours tomorrow since my husband works today. My sister and her hubby, as well as my parents-in-law, are coming up tomorrow for a dutch-oven turkey dinner. Like you, I'm trying to make it a low-stress affair. My husband is so excited to do our brined turkey in his new dutch-oven roaster. (And I'm thrilled that he's the one in charge of the turkey!)

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. It's a joint effort in our family. My assignment is mashed potatoes and *second vegetable* (after green bean casserole ;-)). I'll be making my son's favorite Maple and Spice Glazed Carrots and the Mascarpone Chive Mashed Potatoes from the November issue of SUNSET Magazine ... delicious!
    Best to all.

  5. happy thanksgiving, we don't have that day here in spain but i think it's a relly good thing, an i tell you one thing I almost smell that dinner here in spain.

  6. Many thanks to you for helping me to have a positive attitude this Thanksgiving when I volunteered to make mashed potatoes- and found in the worst possible peeler and no masher my MIL's kitchen. As my hands cramped and fell asleep from using a fork to mash, I kept telling myself 'this is the French way...this is the French way...' I tried heating the butter and milk like you said, and you are so right, they were incredible. Best potatoes I've ever had. My niece said "it's like eating fluffy white clouds!" classic.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving. The turkey looks absolutely delicious.

  8. my assignment for the in-laws: crudites and non-pumpkin dessert. (amaretto brownies with frosting for the kiddos!) we do our own small-scale feast later in the weekend with roast turkey breast, potatoes with herbed gravy, harvest dressing with sausage, apples, cranberries, cashews, steamed green vegetables. hubby insists this meal outscores his mother's by leaps and bounds. is that wrong? hope your meal was divine!

  9. With half a day's notice I found out I would be cooking Thanksgiving dinner by myself for a small group. I remembered your post on mashed potatoes and they turned out beautifully. Thanks! I took my time and it was simple but all went well.

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