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Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.  I like that there isn't any pressure leading up to it...just family getting together to sit down to an amazing feast.  I keep reliving the meal my family and I had together this past holiday.  There always seems to be a perfect balance of savory and sweet.  Turkey with a rich velvety gravy served along side a sweet brown sugar encrusted yam casserole and of course the rest of the trimmings,  this meal can pretty much leave any foodie nothing short of completely satisfied.  I love this meal so much I could repeat it over and over and over again.  I guess that's why left overs were invented.  You see?  Another thing to be thankful for!  

Soppressata,  fiore di Sardegna pecorino and brie cheeses, duck liver mousse, garnished with red and green grapes with dried apricots

Roasted turkey stuffed with sausage stuffing


Sausage stuffing 

Step one...boil the potatoes and blanch the spinach

Step 2: beat the heck out of those potatoes adding butter, milk, salt,  pepper and creme fraiche

Whipped potatoes

After blanching the spinach, strain it, saute slivers of garlic in olive oil add the spinach and pine nuts, salt and pepper.  You definitely have to toast the pine nuts first, it makes such a difference in the flavor!

Sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans 

Stuffed mushrooms

Freshly baked rolls and croissants 

A plate that is to die for

Proof that I am a dedicated foodie

Apple and raisin cobbler

My mother's rugelach, I haven't meant anyone who can top hers! 

Pumpkin pie

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