Thanksgiving 2011

I’ll admit it. I initially gave up on Thanksgiving this year. I was depressed we weren’t going back home, nor were we hosting any guests, so it all seemed pointless.

BUT… My husband, knowing me as well as he does, encouraged me to get into the spirit and do some cooking anyway. He thought it might cheer me up. And it did, which is why I made 15lbs of food for just the two of us. The first issue was the “entree.” When asked what he wanted for Thanksgiving, Brent answered fried chicken. Obviously. I was agreeable, but then there was the issue of the cranberry sauce. What would I put all that delicious sauce on without roast turkey? But a turkey would be ridiculously big for just the two of us. So roast chicken it was. See where I’m going with this people? Two chicken entrees. Obviously.

Oh, and of course I had to have the stuffing with sourdough bread, the mashed potatoes with gravy, oh and how about some caramelized brussels sprouts too? And pie. Obviously. So around 4:30 Thursday afternoon, Brent and I sat down to feast.

Uh huh. And feast we did. So. Much. Food.

My favorites were the brussels sprouts (which will likely become a staple), and the cranberry sauce, which is always my favorite. The fried chicken was from Thomas Keller and Brent has been dying to try it. It was crispy and well-seasoned, but I don’t think I’m a fried chicken fanatic like him.

And then we agreed to wait a while before dessert. 10 minutes later I served myself a piece of pie. With vanilla bean ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.

Because I love pie. Obviously.

Not a bad way to spend the day. We did take a moment to reflect on what we were thankful for. The answer? Everything. Every. Single. Thing. We’re very fortunate and we know we are. We might need a little reminding every now and then, but we know we have nothing to complain about, and we are very thankful for that.

So that was Thanksgiving, and it was nice and all, but I’ve already moved onto Christmas.

The stockings are hung. And I spent a few hours making this gorgeous ruffled wreath I found on Pinterest.

And, of course, the tree. I’m ribbon-obsessed this year.

Hope you all had as wonderful a holiday as I did.

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2011

  1. Vicki Kholi

    We had guests, a table full, but we had all new recipes this year! (which was pretty cool.). The mashed sweet potato casserole was almost like a dessert ( coconut helped). My favorite dishes were the roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, the stuffing with roasted chestnuts, and the cranberry sauce with walnuts. We basted the turkey with saki as a tribute to our Japanese friends, but also because it was the only bottle of wine we had open (we remedied that oversight later in the evening!). We had almonds (and shallots) with the green beans. Do you know how hard it is to find shallots in Fort Wayne? Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  2. Kelly

    Love the wreath. I’m also thrilled you ended up making Thanksgiving. I’ve always traveled home for the holiday and have just been a guest, not a cook, but I think even if it was just me and a SO I’d still want to make it. I know it’s weird, but even when it’s just me for daily meals I try to make a point to not eat over the sink and really enjoy the meal. There’s something comforting about still making an effort even if not very many people will be joining.

    And that fried chicken recipe…I had it in person at Ad Hoc and even though I am generally not a chicken girl (in any form except drenched in mayo and wedged in a sandwich) I’ve been wanting to make it.


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