Friday, November 26, 2010

A Thanksgiving Extravaganza

For Thanksgiving this year, we had a last minute change of plans and decided to stay in VA rather than drive to NJ to be with Aaron's family. My first inclination was to just order takeout or go to a restaurant (it is, after all, the last two weeks of the semester), but Aaron convinced me that we should take this as a challenge and make a full meal. We invited friends over, gathered all of the recipes that we've been wanting to make for a while and started planning. Our generous friends also brought pies, wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres--we had a feast!

It was a great meal and although we couldn't be with our families we had a lot of fun with our friends. Now, we are pros at cooking Thanksgiving :)

The menu was:

Hors d'oeuvres:
Sweet potato coins with cranberry, goat cheese and pecan topping
Prosciutto and sage wrapped sweet potato wedges
Cheese plate

Salt Roasted Turkey
Sage, Sausage and Apple stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Greek-inspired giblet gravy
Roasted acorn squash two ways
Thyme-roasted apples and onions
Parker House Rolls
Green beans with toasted walnuts and dried cherry vinaigrette
Cranberry sauce with orange zest
Cranberry sauce with red wine, pomegranate molasses and herbs

Pumpkin pie (we had THREE pies!!!)
Chocolate Cake with chocolate buttercream

I have linked to all of the recipes above, but some of the highlights include:

Aaron's pumpkin pie

Aaron's turkey

my cranberry sauce

Green beans



  1. I'm glad everything turned out ok, because we'll be eating it for every meal this week.

  2. This sounds like a great Thanksgiving! And these pictures are especially good; I like the pie, cranberries, and the stuffing, with the spare white backgrounds and the colorful foods.

  3. Eatin pretty good for grad students! Looks yummy.