We threw our annual Thanksgiving potluck bash on Saturday evening, and truth be told, I cooked my little butt off. I made six different things in a 24-hour period without any excessive stress or panic, and I must say that I'm really proud of that. All that time I spend in the kitchen seems to be paying off - I'm much better than I used to be at preparing multiple things at once, cleaning as I go, doing what I can in advance, and generally finding my way around all sorts of recipes. It's a good feeling.
So, with the pat on the back out of the way, on to the food!
White Bean Dip with Mint and Cumin from Donna Hay - Flavors
Spinach and Sundried Tomato Pinwheels, made with leftover homemade puff pastry.
Sweet Potato Stuffing with Bacon, Thyme, and Peaches, adapted from a recipe in
Bon Appétit, November 2009.
The turkey, naturally! My first roast turkey ever, using this recipe recommended by my friend Cathleen.
Triple Ginger Cookies, from Bon Appétit magazine, December 2009.
And finally, this beautiful Maple Nutmeg Cream Pie, which is basically a densely flavored custard baked into a tart shell, shining like a small sun on the dessert table. Not surprisingly for a recipe from Smitten Kitchen, this dessert was a hit and prompted one creme brulée lover to proclaim it on his list of Top 10 desserts, ever.
The contributions from our guests were just as varied and delicious, from sweet potato-plantain-apple mash to grilled aubergines to pineapple casserole to chocolate fudge cake with raspberry sauce. It was quite the fantastic spread, and with 50 people helping themselves to seconds and thirds, we didn't end up with many leftovers at all! Most of the table pictures didn't come out well due to the low light and necessity of the unflattering flash, but here is kind of a funky one of some of our guests. I like how Keith is in focus and everyone else is in action around him.
Hope your Thanksgiving, if you celebrated, was equally fun and delicious!