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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Greenberg Smoked Turkey – so good
- Gravy from Blue Door Farm Stand – was ok
- Spicy Red Pepper Cranberry Relish from David Tanis – was super tasty. I have never liked cranberry sauce before, but this was really, really good.
- Apple Pie – made by Cathy
- Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake – mix of Ina Garten and Milk Bar recipes
- Graeter’s Ice Cream