Thanksgiving 2003

I think we can safely call this year's Thanksgiving a resounding success! 15 people at tables threaded through my living room, laughing and talking and telling stories, and eating great food. (Even though i forgot to serve the ridiculous mushrooms. There's always one thing i forget to serve, you know.) Big props to Russell and Heather, my fearless sous-chefs, and to the folks who brought lovely pies and icebox cakes - Naomi, The Leckmans, Heather, and Patrick! I think this year i had things much more under control than the last large Thanksgiving i hosted - i'm definitely getting better at letting go of a few things as the day progresses rather than just getting further and further into the weeds. We served dinner at 6:30, and i don't think anyone went hungry. ;)

(pictures coming soonish - i'm waiting for some images from Forrest's camera)

Cocktail hour:
Pumpkin Martinis
Petit Basque, Drunken Goat, and Emmenthaler
Tofu spread
Roasted red pepper & artichoke spread
Crackers & olives

The main event:
Roasted butternut squash soup with pumpkinseed oil and fried sage leaves

Free-range turkey, grill-roasted with vermouth and butter
Timpano with carrots & sage, chestnuts, spinach & garlic, shiitakes & thyme, and pasta with mushroom veloutÚ

Gravy two ways: roasted garlic herb gravy & classic turkey gravy
Charred shallot mashed potatoes
Savory herbed bread pudding with mushrooms & leeks
Rosemary-port cranberry dressing
Carrots & celery root with verjus & grand marnier
Brussel sprouts salad with bacon
Audrey's biscuits (Heather's specialty!)
Ridiculous mushrooms (oops - we're still eating these leftovers)
Salad with fig balsamic vinaigrette, dried cherries, pistachios, and Pt. Reyes Blue cheese

The sweets:
Chocolate silk pie (vegan) - The Leckmans
Pumpkin pie - Heather
Apple pie x 2 - Naomi
Chocolate icebox cake - Patrick

The wines:
A lovely assortment of reds
Roederer Estate Brut RosÚ

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