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Thanksgiving 07, Part II

Thanksgiving 07 was a success!  The menu:

Roasted Cashews with Garlic and Sage (Recipe from Food and Wine, Nov. 07 issue)
Cheese and crackers (we had a cow cheese and a sheep/goat cheese combo separated with a line of grape vine ash…all American because I decided it was appropriate, TG being an American holidlay and all. 🙂  )
Cranberry Pear Bellinis (Recipe from Everyday Food, Dec. 07 issue)

Herb Roasted Turkey with White Wine Gravy (EF, Nov. 07)
Mushroom Sage Stuffing (EF, Nov. 07)
Cranberry Ginger Relish (EF, Nov. 07)
Green Bean Salad with Crispy Shallots and Bacon (EF, Nov. 07, omitting watercress and adding crumbled bacon)
Truffled Smashed Root Vegetables (adapted from a combination of recipes from Cooking Light, Nov. 07)

Maple Nut Tart (EF, Nov. 07) with Fresh Whipped Cream
Flambeed Irish Coffee (adapted from watching the chef make it at the Accomac. Totally wish I had a pic of this. 🙂  )

First, I totally splurged and bought the kitchen scale I’ve been wanting from Williams-Sonoma, and I took a photo shoot of it weighing my breadcrumbs because I was so excited!


More stuffing preparation: I was excited that we were adding mushrooms to the mix this year. We used shiitakes, baby portabellas, and oyster mushrooms.


So we got a Heritage Free Range Turkey this year from Mary’s ( This means that instead of living 3 months in a cage and being fed growth hormones, artificial whatever, etc., our turkey lived at least 8 months, was fed natural food, and was free to roam around. We ordered it from Wegman’s, and were so excited to try it out. There was hardly any fat on the bird, and the meat was a litte more dense than a broad-breasted white (typical turkey). I actually think we cooked it a tad too long, but our meat thermometer is acting a little funky.  Here are some pics of our turkey…


Mary’s Turkey packaging – visit!


The turkey has gotten a butter rub down and is in its final prep stages.
Thank God my husband doesn’t mind raw poultry. 🙂


He’s all done and crispy! Mmm.


The plating process begins (see cashews as well!)


I just think this is a cool shot…my husband is totally hired to take pics. 😉


The final table set up (we just had 6 people)


…and finally, a fuzzy pic of the Maple Nut Tart, pre-display.


Thanksgiving 07, Part I

So the cooking festivities began last night with a spontaneous trip to Williams Sonoma for a food scale (which I’ve been wanting for about a year and a half now…woooooooo!) and the making of Cranberry Ginger Relish.   Recipe from Everyday Food, November 2007 issue.

Serves 8

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar


  1. In a large saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, ginger, and 2 tablespoons water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until most of the cranberries have popped, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar.
  2. Remove relish from heat. Let cool to room temperature, and serve (or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days).

It came out really well. Here’s a pic of my cranberries, bubbling away!