Happy Thanksgiving!

30 11 2008

We’ve had a great Thanksgiving! My parents and one of my sisters joined us for the week. Every year my older sister who lives out east calls to hear the menu, someday I hope her family can join us. This year I thought I’d include you in the fun and up it to pictures an a recipe. There was plenty of baking and cooking as evidenced by my mother’s handiwork above making almond cakes. (Not sure if I’m allowed to share THAT family recipe.) The food was plentiful, but not over the top. Breakfast was Kristin’s Overnight Lemon Coffeecake. We skipped lunch in exchange for appetizers of Tuscany style salami, apples, fig spread, water crackers and a trio of cheeses: double cream brie, Mimolette & Manchego. Eleanor was a huge fan of the Mimolette and apple pairing. Totally forgot to take a picture, but trust me it was a very pretty plate.

Dinner itself consisted of a turkey breast roast, gravy, sweet potato and apple casserole, sauted green beans, cranberry sauce the kids made at school, rolls & stuffing (recipe below). Yes, I realize it’s a blurry picture but I was in a hurry to eat. If you look past that you can see some craftiness. The bread basket was made in Carlock, IL. Interspersed with the 1940s/50s Eva Zeisel dinnerware are some lovely handmade pottery pieces by a dear friend, Rebecca. Tying it all together is a fabulous fall themed quilt table topper by none other than my talented mother. Hmmm…. I really should take a better picture of it sometime. It’s hard to see under all that food.

What’s that bowl of rocks in the middle, you say? Well, on the trusty advice of Jean, everyone in the family wrote what they were thankful for this year on a stone, starting with a community stone for my dear sister Shannon.

I couldn’t find my gold paint pen but a black sharpie did the trick. When I asked Seth what he wanted to write on his he repeatedly said “myself”. Well, I made him pick something else and I’m happy to report that other than himself he’s grateful for his grandparents. I let him draw on the reverse side of the rock as well.

You’re reward for reading this post? Our version of this stuffing:

Sausage & Cranberry Stuffing


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced (or cheat like me and spoon it out of a jar)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 12 oz sweet Italian sausage
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 2/3 cup water or stock
  • 4 cups of plain stuffing/cubed dried bread
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • A little butter or oil for the baking dish


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (or whatever you’re baking other stuff at)
  2. Heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute onion until transluscent, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, salt & pepper, saute another minute.
  5. Add sausage, breaking up with spatula or spoon. Cook until no pink remains, about 4 minutes.
  6. Add cranberries and dried herbs, saute another minute.
  7. Stir in water.
  8. Mix in bread until all moistened.
  9. Stir in parsley.
  10. Transfer to a buttered caserole.
  11. Bake for about an hour. You may want to cover it midway through if you find it to be browning too much.
  12. Enjoy!

How was your Thanksgiving?




4 responses

1 12 2008
painted fish studio

yours sounds like it was wonderful! i started mine by making borscht, then having a few glasses of wine and appetizers at jenn’s… then went to my little brother’s house. i wasn’t expecting much, but his girlfriend cooked up a vegetarian storm for she and i to stuff ourselves with. it was all good.

3 12 2008

It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! I like the idea of all the stones in a bowl – a reminder on the table of why we should be grateful!!

3 12 2008

Glad you tried the coffee cake! Your stuffing sounds amazing. I am just catching up on blogs!! My life is a post holiday/ pre holiday nightmare!

5 12 2008

Your Thanksgiving sounds so lovely! We “grad orphans” cooked a big turkey dinner, too. And was able to convert a friend, her fiance and brother that, yes, Thanksgiving IS the best holiday ever!!!

Hope to see you over winter break! R.

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