Thanksgiving 2014

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Another Thanksgiving spent in Chicago because of Emily’s work schedule. This year, Emily’s mom and siblings came into town and I had my first experience cooking a Thanksgiving meal for others. In addition, a handful of her fellow residents and their spouses came over, resulting in a meal for 8.

All in all, it was a success with no major screw-ups (like last year’s Turducken). But in my opinion, no major standouts either.

I won’t go through and review each item since these were all things I’ve made before, but it was my first year doing the Greenberg Smoked Turkey, and that was incredible. I have since made some delicious turkey stock with the bones which is really tasty. Next year, I would get a much, much bigger bird as the leftovers are phenomenal.

The Menu:

  • Lunch – Gnudi with Sage Pesto (A Girl and her Pig) – delicious. Want to try this in the future using goat cheese instead of ricotta. I think it may have enough moisture to work.
  • Apps:
    • Spiced Nuts from Emeril – not worth making again
    • Fried Pickles with Green Goddess Dressing – pickles from Bon Appetit. Dressing from Sean Brock’s Heritage. Both were really, really tasty.
    • Bacon Wrapped Dates from A.O.C.
  • Sides:
    • Autumn Harvest Salad – made by Cathy
    • Mashed Potatoes – made by Cathy
    • Roasted Cauliflower & Hazlenut Salad from Jerusalem
    • Bobby Flay’s Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots – delicious, think I’ve written about this previously
    • Aunt Lisa’s Creamed Corn
    • Challah Rolls
  • Entree:
  • Desserts:
    • Apple Pie – made by Cathy
    • Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake – mix of Ina Garten and Milk Bar recipes
    • Graeter’s Ice Cream

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