Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: Dish of the Day...

I love having a wacky array of Thanksgiving side dishes and my menu this year featured everything from dim sum dumplings to bourbon Brussels sprouts. While our mashed potatoes with panko and Parmesan were out of this world and our locally sourced turkey was the star of the day, I have to say that my favorite side this year had to be this super simple confetti corn!  It is filled with so many things that are bad for a person you just know it had to be good!  

Confetti Corn

INGREDIENTS:
10 bacon slices, chopped
8 cups fresh sweet corn kernels (about 7 ears)
1 Large white onion, chopped
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
12-ounces cream cheese, cubed
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 Cup snipped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS:
Cook chopped bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Set bacon aside.

Sauté corn, onion, and bell peppers in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 6 minutes or until tender. Add cream cheese and half-and-half, stirring until cream cheese melts. Stir in sugar, salt, and pepper. Top with bacon and chives.

Leftover Day...

No shopping for us on Black Friday!  We all look forward to snuggling up and hunkering down with our friends on leftover day!  We  wore our pajamas and ate as many Thanksgiving leftovers as we could while watching five movies!

Leftover Day Films 2014:
Swiss Family Robinson 
Adventures in Babysitting
City Slickers
Troll 2
Moonrise Kingdom
Even though we enjoyed our Thanksgiving scraps all day long, no Leftover Day is complete without a midnight pizza delivery!
This truly is one of the best days of the year!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks...



Sure I grilled a turkey and we had all the appropriate side-dishes on the menu, but Thanksgiving 2014 at our house was affectionately referred to as the "pass the baby party!"  We were lucky enough to have 7-week old, Kavi and his family around our table this year,  He slumbered peacefully in every set of arms in the house for the full length of his visit; I know we were all thankful for those cuddles. 

We also hosted our dear friends Asim and Madhuri who made the trek to our table from Washington DC; it was an honor to have them share such a special day with our family for many reasons, but most especially because Madhuri had never celebrated Thanksgiving before!  

We were thrilled my brother, his wife and their two amazing boys could make it to our house this year.  I just love watching them hang out with Finn and I know Finn loves his cousins for giving him the opportunity to play like a kid again!
I made the rolls as tradition dictates while Fitz made the most of his first Thanksgiving, too!
I've been hosting this holiday for so long that it seems almost impossible we could be celebrating "firsts" again, but it sure was fun.

My parents bring the appetizers to our celebration and my dad always cooks up something new and unique for our table.  This year he wrapped some crackers in bacon.  They may sound simple, but these little buggers were dangerously good!  My mom rounded our her display with  walnut hummus, crab spread and harvest popcorn.


Madhuri,our Thanksgiving newbie, was hands-on in the kitchen and eager to help pull together the last minute trimmings!  I was more than grateful for her help.
Thanksgiving 2014/The Menu
Pear Sparkler Cocktail
Salt and Pepper Grilled Turkey and Gravy
Sourdough Stuffing With Swiss Chard, Dates and Turkey Sausage
Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Vanilla
Mashed Potatoes with Panko and Parmesan
Bacon, Bourbon and Dijon Brussels Sprouts
Sweet Potato Dim Sum with Sage Butter, Pine Nuts and Crispy Shallots
Creamy Fried Confetti Corn
Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Pumpkin Seeds
Pickled Root Vegetables
Green Beans with Oranges
French Rosemary Rolls with Salt Butter
Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Cream
Salted Caramel Tart
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Jars
Dim Sum for all the little treasures of my heart.
One hour pickles with goat cheese













In addition to this being that final Thanksgiving before Emma heads off to college, we are losing one of our favorite families to the Big Apple.  I am sharing Kaberi's Facebook post here in order to insure she keeps her word that she will bring her beautiful brood back next year despite the distance that will soon be between us.  After-all, Asim and Madhuri proved miles don't matter!
Considering there were a couple of "lasts" among all these "firsts," I made perfect sense to eat our feelings!  Thankfully Emma whipped up a duo of holiday worthy desserts; pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust and salted caramel tart.  O-my-yum!



We could not be more grateful for our house full of friends and family this Thanksgiving.
Celebrating firsts and lasts among our loved one is a privilege not to be taken lightly.
Any it was delicious, too!
Love and Turkey!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Flowers...

I may have splurged a little bit on my Thanksgiving ingredients this year, but I am not sure my menu is going to be worthy if this stunning flower arrangement a couple of our holiday guests had delivered today.  They are truly spectacular!  I love having an unexpected burst of beauty in my house.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Popovers...

Not too shabby for my first attempt at making popovers!  I imagine working on these little gems may become my winter cooking obsession.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Abby the Great...

Fitz loves Abby. 
A lot.  
Our neighbor dog plays tirelessly  with our puppy and I could not be happier they get along well.
This morning as they scampered around my kitchen and I snapped this funny photo of  the dynamic duo.  This picture captures Abby in a nutshell,,,patient, kind, and loving.  Of course, the beagle-bulldog has one of Fitz's favorite toys jammed in her mouth, but this little game of hide-and-seek kept our Frenchie entertained for a good long time!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Burst of Color...

There is nothing like enjoying a last blast of summer flavors in the fall.  These lovely salad rolls were wildly refreshing and featured beets, mint, fresno chilies and daikon radish.  I paired them up with crunchy peanuts and a raw carrot sauce. Divine. 
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