We had the pleasure of being invited to the Boy family Thanksgiving. In order to attend, we had to break our 5 year or so commitment of not travelling on this particular holiday. One too many times spent stranded in uncomfortable places on DS's part has left a sour taste in his mouth. Luckily, David's parents are only a few hours away, and in the direction of least traffic. The drive was pleasant, and even included several tunnels through mountains, which never fail to enthuse my 5-year-old self.
The menu was planned out weeks, maybe months, in advance. We all shared a Google spreadsheet, adding and editing and leaving comments until we were all excited and drooling. In the end, this is what we ate:
2 turkeys (1 made by DS using Alton Brown's recipe)
1 smoked ham
baked mac 'n' cheese (again, Alton Brown)
green beans (grown in Tennessee by a family member as far as I could tell)
2 kinds of sweet potatoes
4 kinds of cranberry relish
homemade creamed corn
roasted brussel sprouts
cranberry citrus salad
a Colombian ice cream thing that was awesome
pumpkin pie/apple pie/pecan pie/dulce de leche with fig truffles
hot apple cider the whole trip
Are you drooling yet? It was divine. I thought it was entirely too much food, but there were so many of us that we managed to put a good dent in it. We even had some to take home, which helped ease our sadness at not having an entire turkey in our own fridge like usual.
Here is a small selection of photos. I'm sad to say that I didn't get one of the whole food spread, but that's okay.
*Written 2/14/11 and backposted