Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

I am pretty darn lucky these days. I have great people in my life, a new dog that brings me so many giggles, and two cats that I am pretty sure are mostly normal. I have a healthy baby, my mom and 4 out of 6 Grandparents left. I have a roof over my head, enough money to live on, and a full fridge. I count myself blessed.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday-it combines food, family, relaxation, and it's not quite winter, so there's still leaves to play in. You really can't beat it.

As I type, my house smells of Brioche dough baking for stuffing later today, and I have a raging fire in front of me, warming up the house. Kip, my dog, is looking around wondering where the food smells are coming from.  Its a good day.

This year, Nick and I decided to do Thanksgiving solo-it's potentially our last Holiday as a couple, before we become a family, since Izzy has less than 7 weeks to go. Yep, my little turkey is super close. We have quite the menu planned out, too. On that note, I present my Thanksgiving 2012 menu, and a fond thank you to all of you, for reading my blogs and for being in my life. Thank you, thank you!

Thanksgiving Menu 2012

Goat Cheese, Organic Ham, Leek, Wild Mushroom Tart
Egg Nog
Toast with Blackberry Sage Jelly

The Main Course
Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Sage Gravy
Cointreau Cinnamon Cranberry Jelly
Green Beans with Onions, Garlic and Pancetta
Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Garlic and Goat Cheese
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Greens, Fennel, and Wild Game Sausage Stuffing with Toasted Brioche
Sparkling Cider (for me)
Full Sail Wassail (for Nick)

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Pear Butter
Chai Tea or Butter Bear