Thanksgiving Recap

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Sunday greetings! Hope you had a relaxing holiday and a few days off with some combination of shopping, eating turkey leftovers, and watching tv.  Here are a few of my favorite things from this year’s Thanksgiving feast–the first year I cooked and we hosted the holiday at our home.

(1) I loved the hand-sewn placecards that greeted each guest at our table and that everyone took home.  See more of them here.

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(2) This recipe for pumpkin pie  with homemade crust made the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.  It was pretty gorgeous too.  I also made some fresh whipped cream to go with it and fixed the pie a day ahead.  The leftovers were divine.

The dessert bar…


(2) Friends and family made the occasion extra special.



(3) I used Martha Stewart’s brining recipe for our 22 lb bird.  It was ultra moist and delicious and something I will certainly do again.  We also cooked the turkey breast down for the first two hours in the oven, which may have helped too. That’s my brother-in-law wearing Judah’s miniature superhero apron while carving the turkey.  Note to self: buy an apron.



(4) My two favorite additions to the meal this year included a curry carrot soup that I made topped with chopped pistachios and a latke bar that offered dill, caviar, creme fraiche, and smoked salmon.  To me, the latkes screamed over-indulgence, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving.  Who doesn’t love a good latke?


And, finally, a group photo…





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November 30, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Janet - It WAS a fabulous dinner and such a wonderful group to celebrate with – and you sent leftover home with everyone, and they were delicious! Thanks Jessica
Love, Mimi and Baba

December 1, 2014 - 12:46 am

Carolyn Ridenour - Beautiful Jessica!

December 5, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Aunt Susan - WOW Jessica! You had an amazing Thanksgiving Feast! Your caviar side bar was
special. My favorite was the PIE! Thanks for all your ideas and photos. Love, Susan

December 5, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Brittany - Oh my goodness, I love those place cards. What a good idea!!

December 5, 2014 - 4:25 pm

MUSINGSFROMME/JILL - The place cards are a great idea. Love that you can write in what you are thankful for.

December 6, 2014 - 2:13 pm

courtney - great dessert options!

December 7, 2014 - 5:00 am

katrina g - Wow, that all looks amazing! looks like you guys had a great time as well, such great photos.

December 8, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Eliz Frank - What a truly fantastic Thanksgiving you had. The place settings, the food, the company were all stellar. Love the photos too.

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