I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful day and enjoyed wonderful
foods with your wonderful family and wonderful friends. We did! I snapped so
many photos of our pretty table and pretty foods and then I forgot to pick up my
camera again. I blame it on the champagne.
I set the table Wednesday afternoon. No plates, as we
had a buffet.
Due to so much advance prep, we had a pretty relaxing
day. Lucy helped DT do the New York Times crossword puzzle and
Leo played with his new set of Frozen characters (Elsa, Anna
and Olaf dolls). We watched a parade and then the TV somehow switched to
football and seemed to stay there for quite a while.
Our guests began to arrive early afternoon. The salmon
rillettes was served with sliced baguettes and a chunk of brie. Leo took
a whiff of the cheese and said it smelled like farts. Fart cheese.
I had dry-brined the (15-pound, butterflied) turkey
since Tuesday. We removed the turkey from refrigeration two hours before
it went on the grill, so it would warm-up a bit. With the lid closed on
DT's fancy gas grill, it becomes basically an oven.
In just around two hours the turkey turned a rich brown
color and was cooked to perfection. No basting. No flipping. No nothing.
I often butterfly chickens. They roast quickly and DT
finds it easier to carve. This turkey was delicious - good job, DT!
Photo of the cooks - by my sister, Renee
The candles in the chandelier were lit, water goblets
were filled. Wine glasses were filled.
The feast was placed on a buffet and we had dinner.
Lenny gives the thumbs-up to his favorite Mother-in-Law.
turkey and roasted Delicata Squash, herb and mushroom stuffing, mashed
potatoes, gravy, shaved Brussels Sprout salad, rolls and butter, and
cranberry sauce (on the table). Dave ended up pouring
Pinot Noir - remember we visited the vineyard in Napa on
Not only was it Thanksgiving, but Lisa's godmother, Nancy, was
celebrating a birthday. We sang happy birthday and had birthday cake...
and pumpkin pie... and salted pumpkin caramels... and chocolate pecan
shortbread bars... and cookies.
With a roaring fire to keep us warm from the nasty Oregon wind and rain,
we just had a wonderful day. Everyone held Lucy and cooed over her. Leo
kept us entertained and he was so well behaved during dinner!
I think we ran the dishwasher three times.
Until my next update, I remain, your thankful correspondent.
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