This past week I spent five days in Big Bear with my family for Thanksgiving. It went from cold to colder to 3 inches of snow while we were there, but the days felt warm while we spent time enjoying each other's company and the insane amount of Thanksgiving food that we prepared. What a feast!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It is a time to remember how thankful we are for health, family, friends, and life in general. It is also a time to eat like a pig. What a combination!
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time for us make many dishes that have been part of the family for years, and then I typically add one or two new dishes to make it interesting. I can always count on my brother in law to make a brussels sprouts dish (before eating his sprouts, I told people I was allergic to avoid having to taste them, now I crave them!), my sister's cranberry chutney (this year pomegranate seeds were added for a great tart crunch) and my dad's rutabaga (he mashed them with potatoes this year for a new version of the savory treat).
I always make mom's stuffing (this year subtracting one stick of butter to make it "healthier"), not one, but two small turkeys with an herb butter spread under the skin, bourbon sweet potatoes with walnuts, just like last year. I added for a fresh twist: baked buttermilk biscuits that came out really great, Giada's spicy parmesan string beans and kale, gravy and for dessert an apple and a pumpkin pie with cinnamon spiced whipped cream. To save on time and frustration, I bought crust for the apple and made one for the pumpkin pie. Home made crust really is better.
Did I tell you all of this food was for just four people (and one six month old who is just starting solid foods)? Yeah, we ate well for three days and there were leftovers when I left to come back to LA. Time to get back to eating healthy!
Here are some photos of the spread... Pretty proud of this year's feast!
What were some of your favorites at dinner this year???
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