Thanksgiving 2014

29 Nov

I hope your holiday was delicious and special. My friend Natasha and I co-hosted and cooked most of the food together. Our friends brought extra sides (sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole), desserts (mascarpone tart with berries), and drinks (wine, beers, cider), all of which were amazing!

The menu:

Castelvetrano olives

Kale salad with apples and walnuts

Extra-buttery mashed potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes

Kale stuffing with dates

Brussels sprouts with bacon

Green bean casserole

Spatchcocked turkey with gravy

Roasted garlic

Cranberry sauce (homemade and jellied)


Upside-down cranberry cake

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping

Peanut Butter Pie

Mascarpone tart with berry sauce

Hand-whipped cream


Clockwise from left: stuffing a la Samin (and Charlie!), with dates instead of prunes and no sausage; spatchcocked and carved turkey from the Serious Eats recipe and video; cranberry sauce (can be made one week before TG)


Clockwise from top left: kale salad with apples and walnuts; mashed sweet potatoes; green bean casserole; roasted garlic; Brussels sprouts with bacon

Not pictured: the epic extra-buttery mashed potatoes from Bon Appetit


Upside-Down Cranberry Cake; recipe from Smitten Kitchen 


Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping (praline pictured below) from Joy the Baker’s latest cookbook, Homemade Decadence 


Close-up of the praline topping, still warm


Dessert table, clockwise from top: mascarpone tart with berries; upside-down cranberry cake; peanut butter pie; pumpkin pie with pecan praline topping; hand-whipped cream

Until next year…

Have lots of leftovers? Made Thanksgiving leftover nachos. You won’t be disappointed.


2 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2014”

  1. rose916 November 30, 2014 at 1:02 am #

    wow! You two were busy in the kitchen. Food looks great.

    • figsinmybelly November 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Yes! Been recuperating all weekend from it! But it was so fun and delicious!

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