Monday, November 29, 2010

Cafe Thanksgiving Pics

Thought I'd share a few pics from our Thanksgiving, I hope everyone had a wonderful day.

The Spread

The Friends

The Entertainment

Great movie, by the way.


Maria said...

God, looks so good! We went to my sister's home. She is a gourmet cook and there were all these fancy pants dishes, but I really missed my mother's stuffin' with oysters and raisins and Bing missed plain old yams. So..we went out and bought ingredients on Friday and had our own Thanksgiving on Saturday evening with friends.

And the difference was incredible. SO much fun. I hope your holiday was full of Sam and otherwise good times....

John Gray said...

can you translate eric?

what pie was what?

looks good whatever they all were!!!

Eric said...

John, the pie in the cast iron skillet is apple with green chile. The others were buttermilk, coconut creme, chocolate creme and a pumpkin crunch (my daughter Emily made that one), pumpkin pie filling topped with cake mix and butter and then baked.

The green chile probably sounds weird, but it's really good. The chiles add just a little heat and smokiness to counter the sweet and tart of the apples (I mix Fiji and Granny Smiths).

I also did cranberry stuffed acorn squash, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, the required-by-law green bean casserole (I used a loophole and did mine from scratch), and mashed potatoes and gravy.

I stuff the bird with herbs and fruit and make a dressing for the side. This year I did a mix of cornbread and focaccia with andouille sausage and apricots.

Maria, thanks, they were.

I've always been lucky in that none of my family has ever gone in for "gourmet" anything, if anything I've been the pretentious one, refusing to use canned cranberry sauce (still not giving on that one), but our family was always close and Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I got old enough to realize how much of a strain Christmas is.

I think that Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, is about comfort and the food should be just that. My relatives back in Oklahoma add chicken and dumplings to the traditional fare, and here it's usually tamales and posole, a stew of pork and hominy, which find their way to the table.

John Gray said...

you ARE a clever old sod!

John Gray said...

merry christmas eric

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