Thursday, November 25, 2010

Our First Thanksgiving

Today was our first Thanksgiving Day as a married couple. We are grateful for many things and both feel very blessed this year. For one, our sealing this November was a highlight which has enriched our lives. It has been a delight moving from our first date, to dating, being engaged and now coming full circle and starting a new relationship as a married couple.

What would the day be like without a few dishes to pass the time? We reminisced about last year's feast; Mandie and I worked Thanksgiving Day last year but still got together before I had to drive home. Mandie had made a delicious homemade apple pie.

Mandie made everything while I was asleep and before I returned home from work.
Squash Soup: baked butternut squash ran through a food mill for texture before finishing on the stove top
Turkey Breast: soaked in a brine overnight and baked in cast iron cookware
Bean Green Casserole: blanched fresh green beans to keep them crispy and greeny were baked in a cast iron skillet with a fresh mushroom rue

Caramelized Onions with Gratin Potatoes: sliced with a food mandolin to get really thin slices then baked

Sides: Honey Glazed Carrots, Cranberry Sauce, and Dinner Rolls
Key Lime Pie: freshly squeezed key limes were added to heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk... it tasted like delicious sweet-tart ice cream on a graham cracker crust

Banana Pumpkin Pie: baked bananas and sugar pumpkins were blended together and finished with a meringue topping .. I was a bit worried at first but wow it was delicious.


  1. hahaha...were you worried about everything, or just the banana pumpkin pie?? lol.... that Thanksgiving feast looks AMAZING!!! Next year you guys get to cook for us too! YUM! Glad it was successful!

  2. Holy Martha Stewart!! That all looks so impressive!! Way to go.