The big, fat THANKSGIVING post!
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Boy & I have many things to be thankful for this year! Also, we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate it twice (two dinners!). So in honor of this fine day, a new post!
The Warm Up
A few days before Thanksiving, Boy & I went to our local Trader Joe’s and picked up some ingredients. Boy had been thinking about making a green bean casserole ever since he’d seen TJ’s convenient display featuring green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and fried onions. That night, he made a delicious green bean casserole, along with beer can chicken with gravy, and an assortment of potatoes. Mmmm!!
The Big Day
Happy Thanksgiving! I woke up early and very excited to make Pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes. I had found a recipe online and bought the ingredients the week before. Another shout out to TJ’s! I used their yellow cake mix and a package of their vanilla pudding for this recipe. They turned out moist and tasty, but they looked more like muffins since they weren’t frosted.
After my baking adventure, which resulted in 24 cupcakes plus a giant “cookie”, Boy’s mom starting preparing a Thanksgiving feast. She cooked a 12 pound organic turkey as well as some baked sweet potatoes and her signature Chinese stuffing. Boy prepared a turkey giblet gravy which was served in a brand new gravy boat. Salad with greens from the garden, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and a Kahlua cream lady fingers dessert put the finishing touches on the feast. Since Boy & I had another dinner to attend, we ate early and controlled our portion sizes- a very difficult task since everything was so appetizing!
My aunt hosted yet another wonderful dinner at her home that evening. My family, cousins, and some of my aunt’s friends were there to celebrate as well so there was an abundance of food! Besides dessert, most of the meal was prepared by my aunt and mom. Unfortunately, the lighting was very dim in the dining area, so I have no food photos to share. This thanksgiving dinner consisted of turkey, carne asada (we SO need the recipe for this!), two types of stuffing, two types of green bean casserole, pumpkin cream gnocchi, mashed potatoes and gravy, and shitake mushrooms followed by pumpkin pie, apple pie, and my cupcakes. After dinner, I asked for the recipe for the sinfully delicious pumpkin cream gnocchi. Maybe you’ll see it on a future post? ^_^
For dinner the day after, Boy and I decided to grab some sourdough and make turkey sandwiches! He sliced up some of the turkey breast, dipped the slices in gravy, and placed them on the toasted sourdough. We added some havarti, lettuce, and tomatoes and served them with a side of cranberry sauce and leftover stuffing. Yum!
What do you like to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?