Rasam, a spicy South Indian soup. It's one of my favorite ways to begin a meal.
Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. We've cooked and feasted, and now we're officially launched into the holiday season. But before we dive into the winter holidays — how did Thanksgiving go? Did you try new things? Did you enjoy your feast? Tell us how it went, and take a peek at a few photos of my own Thanksgiving.
We had 12 total to dinner — the limit that can fit in our modest dining room! It was a mix of friends and family, young and... mature. There were folks around the table from other parts of the world (China, India). So I made a mixed feast: There were the traditional dishes of turkey and dressing, but I also made a lamb curry and one friend brought a scrumptious biryani. It was colorful and fresh, and the best Thanksgiving yet.
I set the table with simple white china and tablecloths (I never regret having white basics around!) and I laid striped wrapping paper down the center. It was an inexpensive find at Anthropologie. For flowers we had purple kale, berries, and a spray or two of orchids. It looks fancy but it was so simple and inexpensive — kale is incredibly gorgeous and sculptural all on its own.
And, then the menu. Here's what we ate:
Thanksgiving 2011: The Menu
• Ina Garten's fabulous nut mix
• Bacon-wrapped shrimp
• Citrus-Spice Celebration Punch (recipe here)
• Persimmon and pomegranate salad with pine nuts and cilantro
• Sweet potato rolls (recipe here)
• To drink: A sweeter Riesling, with the spicy salad
• Tangy, spicy rasam soup (sipped out of a teacup)
• Roast turkey and gravy
• Garlic mashed potatoes
• Sweet potato gratin with caramelized onions (recipe here)
• Sausage, leek, and mushroom bread dressing, plus a plain sage and onion dressing
• Kerala lamb curry (recipe here)
• Caramelized onion biryani
• Eggplant curry
• Cranberry sauce with port and figs
• To drink: The Qupe Syrah that Mary loves, and a mix of Belgian beers and dry cider.
• Ginger pumpkin pie (recipe here)
• Molasses cake (recipe here)
• Platter of sweet nibbles: Pumpkin rice krispie treats, date-coconut rolls, pumpkin crumb cake, orange slices
• Fernet Branca with tonic water
Whew! It was a long meal, and so fun — folks were here all day long.
Your turn! What did you do, what did you cook — what did you eat? And how did your festivities go?
Related: Smoked Turkey & Dinner for 12: Our Thanksgiving Report
(Image: Faith Durand)