How was your Thanksgiving?

the mains

As well as chaotic, ours was a lot of fun! We ended up with thirteen people total and had to switch out the living room for the dining room to make sure there was enough space for another table. Now I am starting to like the way it looks better than the traditional floor plan.

For cocktails I served a Cranberry-Ginger Fizz.

cranberry ginger fizz

ginger simple syrup
1 cup white sugar
2 cups water
1 large knob of ginger sliced
stir together and heat until sugar is fully incorporated. store in jar in refrigerator at least one week before using. It also makes a great homemade ginger ale when added to seltzer water.
cranberry juice
candied cranberries
2 cups fresh cranberries
simple syrup (see recipe above)
make simple syrup as per above instructions, add in fresh cranberries. simmer for roughly 10 minutes. drain and roll cranberries in sugar. let cool and dry on rack overnight. use immediately.
for non-alcoholic mixer add tonic water
for alcoholic and alcoholic version add vodka or gin (vodka won out with guests)
In the same vein I made cranberry sauce for the first time. My family has never, ever had cranberry sauce on the table because it has always been associated with the tinned jellied glob, served in all of its pressed tin glory, that gave my mother nightmares as a child. I thought I would try to change that perception this year and made some yummy homemade cranberry sauce:
I also served a vegan pumpkin custard for all of our dairy intolerant, gluten-intolerant, egg-      intolerant family and friends.
vegan pumpkin custard
1-15 ounce can pureed pumpkin
1-2/3 cup soy milk (I used unsweetened Westsoy)
3 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
blend together all ingredients in medium-sized pot until smooth and well-combined. simmer    over medium-low heat until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. pour into individual serving cups  and chill for a minimum of two and half hours.

What was your favorite Thanksgiving dish this year?


the aftermath


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One thought on “How was your Thanksgiving?

  1. Gramalilly on said:

    Glad everything turned out so good. Heard all about it–through the grapevine.
    You are really a great hostess and host. Dad said everything was delicious

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