Thursday, November 24, 2011 – Thanskgiving Day

Turkey Day at last! My favorite holiday of the year. Even though we scaled the meal back a bit because we are hosting fewer people, the house will still be filled with great smells and the table loaded with great things to eat.

We woke to an absolutely gorgeous day in the low 70s. A perfect day for roasting a turkey, and deep-frying one too. We are expecting 10 for dinner and a few more for cocktails at three. David and I prepped most of the sides the day before, so we are in really good shape. One of our friends, Garry, was deep-frying turkeys and did one for us. He dropped it off in the early afternoon. David and I both tried a taste and I must say it was moist and delicious.

All we had to do is get the appetizers ready and we could relax before the guests arrived. Our dinner guests were, Garry and Carmen and their son, Junior, Suzanne and Craig, John, Craig, and our friends Jack and Betty Fisher who drove over from Boca Grande. At the cocktail hour we were joined by Anne and J and Darren and Michelle.

David had some special wines ready for the cocktail party – reds from the Rhone Valley in France, and Chalk Hill Chardonnay from Raymond Strong. He also had some Proseco chilled so that Garry and Carmen could try it. When all arrived, the festivities began. Appetizers galore hit the table – rosemary-roasted cashews which David made using a recipe from the Sofitel in Paris; shrimp with mustard and cocktail sauces; mozzarella balls with grape tomatoes, marinated in olive oil and served with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar; and a selection of cheeses. Garry and Carmen tried the Proseco and liked it. David then added a bit of Peche to turn them into Bellinis, and soon everyone was trying them and the bottle was done.

Anne and Darren and friends departed for dinner elsewhere, and we headed to the dining room table. The food was set out in the family room, buffet style, and soon the plates were groaning with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, peas, brussel sprouts, acorn squash,yams, and much more. Pies of every description, including Betty’s sinfully rich chocolate pecan, beckoned those who could make it through the meal. David broke out some fabulous wines – Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and  a Chassagne Montrachet white Burgundy — and everyone had a feast.

Then it was time for the clean-up. Looking at the tons of dishes and plates, we knew a lot of work lay ahead. David started to wash things and was interrupted by Jack, Betty, Craig, Craig, and Suzanne who insisted that they would take care of it. Heaven! In short order, all was done, the dishwasher turned on, and we all enjoyed a final glass of wine before everyone departed and we wound our way to bed.

As always, my favorite meal of the year.

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