A Tale of Two Thanksgivings
My girlfriend loves having a lot of her friends as well as family over for Thanksgiving. To avoid interfering with folks’ family plans she does her dinner the weekend before the holiday. It’s mingling, drinking, snacking, helping, then a sit down dinner for about 25 people.
Mac & Cheese
Potatoes au Gratin (mine) & Dressing
Green Beans w/Smoked Turkey or Ham
Greens w/Smoked Turkey
Spicy Braised Cabbage
This one is from a recipe in A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook. I’m not joking.
I’m sure there were some good desserts, but I was too stuffed to even take pictures let alone eat them.
Such a good time!
2nd Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving - Family Time
For the last few years we’ve been combining our family Tday with my husband’s cousins’. It’s a chance for everyone to get together and celebrate at what was once their grandma’s house, but now passed on to a 3rd generation.This is more of a casual, open-house kind of thing, but just as big (about 30 ppl). It’s really lovely. They always have a ton of food (cooked and catered). And best of all, they live 5 minutes away from us.
Gumbo as an Appetizer
The man of the house’s one dish. Loaded w/Crab, Shrimp, Chicken Wings, Sausage & Okra, nice heat. I eat mine without rice.
My Contribution of Potatoes au Gratin
5 lbs of potatoes and the only leftovers are the one plate I hide for my uncle’s breakfast.
No photos of the whole spread this year, just my plate
We took our desserts to go - Sweet Potato Pie, Pound Cake, Pecan Pie and More.
Talk about “buffet pants”… indeed!