October 12, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

 Thanksgiving dinner was hosted at my house this year! I was fortunate to be able to cook a lot of the dishes myself and had some help from my family making delicious contributions. It was really nice! I was relatively stress free, even though I was cooking for about 15 people. This was due to lots of prepping and planning the night before. I think everyone had a great time, I certainly did. Thank you to everybody who came!

My Butterball turkey

Roasted and resting before I carved it

Lovely and golden. I had stuffed it with garlic, onions, and fresh thyme.

After watching various carving videos, I think I've finally got the hang of it. Thanks YouTube.

Note that I put a rimmed baking tray under my cutting board. This helps to catch the juices that escape.
SAVE THE JUICES, make great gravy.

Look at how moist! After I took off the thighs and wings, I carved the breast.

Carving action. I got impatient and just went at it.
Thanks to Rich for getting these photos while I cut away with my meat juice covered hands. <3

Pretty much done the first side, now onto the next

I plated the sliced turkey meat on a pretty glazed aubergine leaf platter I picked up from Loblaws on clearance for under $2!

Buttered brussels sprouts

Roasted brown sugar sweet potatoes

My mom's famous potato and mixed fruit salad with shrimp. It's delicious and guests were able to take some home too!

Turkey (gravy on the left)  and homemade cranberry sauce with an orange-y twist

Herbed mashed potatoes

Turkey stuffing with raisins

Mum's baked creamy dill salmon

Deviled eggs (I LOVE DEVILED EGGS!!)

This was my first plate. There was another plate after this with everything else on it! I pigged out.

Serious food coma after. Totally worth it.

Rich's plate of vegan goodness! I had made a vegan version of some of the staples.

His dinner included chick'n nugget burger, dairy-free mashed potatoes, veggie stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. :)
Spiced cupcakes with whipped topping made by my Aunt T

These were so good, I had three in one sitting a couple days later!

Denise brought a "Summer Harvest" pie which was made with mixed berries and rhubarb, yummy!

Homemade sweet bean soup and tofu pudding from my Aunt's sisters. I love tofu pudding!
The pie. It was good and I wish I had some right now. My Aunt K and Uncle B brought ice cream bars too! SO MUCH FOOD!
I ate a little bit of everything and was beyond full. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed their long weekend!

Food babies? Food comas? Totally.

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