Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankful for the Rhythm

Oh my goodness! We had the best Thanksgiving. We finally got up to Arlington and it was truly a wintery wonderland up there and Dad had the place already decorated for the holidays. we crashed pretty quick so we could wake up early and start cooking!

For Breakfast: We had some of Mom's homemade bread, some scrambled eggs and some thinly sliced and sauteed ham, made by Ally, and coffee, lot's of coffee!

We truly did cook all day. I chopped, sauteed, mixed, tossed, baked, seasoned, and sliced all darn day, and we had a great time doing it.

This Year's Thanksgiving Day Menu:

First a relish tray that Cassi and I contributed: Assorted olives, dolmas, pickled asparagus, local, organic pickled jalapeƱos, spicy dill pickles, sweet gherkins, pickled veggie medley, etc.

Annie, Josh's girlfriend brought artichoke dip, and we munched on that as we made our main dinner.

We roasted a whole turkey, first by injecting it with melted herb butter, and it turned out amazing.

We did a turkey breast roulade that really stole the show. We pounded the turkey breasts out flat then did a layer of raw spinach, brown rice with cranberries, almonds, seasoning, and celery, parsley, and onion, that had been sauteed.  We rolled it tight and tied with kitchen string and into the oven.

Jenna brought a field roast that was fantastic, I don't really know how to explain it but it was amazing, and you shouldn't shy away from awesome vegan delicacies like this.

Homemade mashed potatoes, need I say more?

Peas, Corn, 

Three different kinds of homemade bread,

Amazing cranberry sauce made by mom

Roasted veggies: butternut squash, sweet potatoes and yams, onion, carrots, and zucchini.

Amazing stuffing with cranberries, almonds, onion, parsley, celery, pork sausage with sage, and chestnuts, hand peeled by mom the day before!

Roasted Brussel sprouts with pecans, a favorite from last year.

I think that's it. . . .

Dessert consisted of . . .
Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies,
Coconut chocolate gooey morsels that Annie made (awesome)
4 Funny Cakes
2 Pecan pies
1 Pumpkin pie tart
1 Chocolate fudge pie
1 Large Apple Crisp.

Wow woo wee woo!

We ate dinner at around 4 and then had a serious spur of the moment dance party and really took the night to a new level. Later on after dessert I ended up playing my guitar and we sang for a long time. We went to bed fairly early and extremely exhausted!

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