I am sure this post will find most of you in full-force preparation for the big Thanksgiving Day feast - maybe you are doing last minute shopping, fine-tuning your menu with new dishes, or arguing with Aunt Sarah about who's stuffing recipe is better. Or maybe you aren't a planner, and are just counting down the days and dreaming of golden brown turkeys covered with rich gravy, gooey sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Either way, I feel pretty certain that you are awaiting the big day with major anticipation.
Me? I am doing none of the above, because I already had my big Thanksgiving meal this past weekend. Since I wasn't able to head home to be with my family this year, I knew I had to gather together with my San Diego family to eat, drink, and be merry. For me, Thanksgiving really isn't Thanksgiving unless I am seated at a table, surrounded by people I love, laughing and smiling while I eat warm, filling food.
My friends were more than happy to accept my invitation for dinner, and for many of them, it would the the first of two Thanksgivings. Knowing they would be able to have turkey again took some of the pressure off as far as cooking goes, but anyone who knows me, will tell you that I can't help but go all out. So I brought a little fall spirit inside with festive table decorations, I made the most of the space in my tiny apartment, and I cooked up a storm. I even got a special Turkey Day Feast meal for my favorite little puppy. We crowded as many people as could possibly fit around my table, and we dug into the feast.
Here was my Thanksgiving Menu: