Monday, November 22, 2010

happy friendsgiving!

New favorite holiday: rather than watching relatives get sloppy drunk on kahlua and eggnog (well, that’s what I’ll be doing on Thursday), we had Friendsgiving, a celebration of the people you invite into your life, rather than those to whom you are genetically bound.

Basically, Steve thought it up and I suspect it was just cause he loves playing with turkey carcasses so much.

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I made roasted veggies. Farmer’s market turnips (yum!), baby carrots I took from a staff meeting (we also got the leftover booze, see below!), salt, pepper, allspice, cinnamon.

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Slow roasted at 300 for an hour, finished at 400 for a few minutes, drizzled with balsamic pomegranate reduction and a bit of honey.

Just okay, actually.

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We had our usual extremely high booze-to-guests ratio. We work with children and seem to just basically want to drink all the time.

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This was before Steve’s lovely friend Emily brought Malbec (!)

Erin and her best friend, who is visiting from out of town, posed with the vino.

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My best friend also attended, but did I get a picture? No. Apparently I photograph food, not people. Yikes, Leels.

We began with that traditional Pilgrim appetizer, edamame. (Actually Steve had originally planned full on Thanksgiving sushi, but as he put it, there was a battle with the sushi rice and the rice won).

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We also chowed down on cornbread. This was leftovers from our work Thanksgiving dinner with the kids and families we serve. I did another of my cooking projects with the kid and we made jiffy cornbread plus an extra can of corn (one amusing and highly picky child tried a bite, said “It’s good!” then chewed and went “THERE’S CORN IN HERE”. Yes, Claudia, sometimes there is corn in cornbread).

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T(h?)eresa made highly gorgeous lasagna. Counterspace was at a premium so we stored it in the microwave, which made for nice overhead lighting. Let the record state we did not operate the microwave with aluminum foil in it.

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Erin, whose cooking abilities are flourishing, made homemade cranberry sauce with the inspired, antioxidant rich addition of blackberries.

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Patricia brought mashed sweet potatoes, which I inhaaaaaaaaaaaled.

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And of course, then the turkey, which Steve cooked with a great deal of gusto and then carved with, basically, a butter knife and his bare hands.

This picture captures the confusion/amusement/awe when he realized he had neglected to take out the liver.

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2 comments:

Jess said...

Mmmm, it all looks delectable!

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

looks great!!

my friends and i had a potluck thanksgiving dinner this past weekend. it was so fun1

hope you have the happiest of thanksgiving