Sunday, November 29, 2015

Family Thanksgiving...





  Thanksgiving 2015
Grandma's Caramel Brie
Harvest Popcorn
Papa's "Hooters"
Salt and Pepper Mesquite Grilled Turkey
Sausage, Squash and Kale Dressing
Cranberry Sauce with Vanilla and Rosemary
Pull Apart Butter Rolls
Mashed Potatoes with Panko and Parmesan Crust
Beets and Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish Cream and Dill
Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas and Mint
Bourbon Sweet Potato with Sweet n’ Savory Bacon Pecan Streusel
Green Beans with Lemon Butter
Roasted Cauliflower with Date Butter and Pine Nuts
Emma and Kate's Cranberry Swirl Cheese Cake
Sue's Pumpkin Pie
Emma's Whoopie Pies
 My parents and my brother's family joined in with an array of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed a fantastic feast and I just loved having a house full of incredible smells and great people. Emma stuggled to connect with friends while she was home becasue of our backwards holdidays, but her friend Ben was able to snag a seat at our table and Kate was able to spend the day with us, too!  We rounded out our crew with Jim and Sue and our new German friend Kevin.  I think we may have accidentally adopted him as he went home for a mere 12 hours between Leftover Day and our Saturday Thanksgiving celebration,


 I am here to say that my mesquite grilled turkey (sourced from Garden Gate Farms in Fairbury IL via Carnivore Oak Park) was hands down the best bird I've ever cooked.  It may not have been the prettiest bird in the end, but when my grill temp rose a little above the recommended levels near the end of the cooking process the salt and pepper crust married with some seriously crackling skin in the best way imaginable.  Slicing into this bad boy revealed a perfectly cooked bird...dark meat nearly falling off the bone and breast meat suitable for slicing without being dry.  Amazing. 







After we ate dessert we had to part ways with family and the older kids all went indoor golfing before heading home to take a Thanksgiving portrait at Kevin's suggestion; we put on the self-timer and took a photo of all the holiday stragglers.  I assure you we all had a marvelous time, but that's a wrap on our slightly endless Thanksgiving celebration!

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