|Letter from Los Angeles
||Thursday | 26 November 2015
Los Angeles, California: Happy
Thanksgiving to you! And you! And you! And YOU too! Dave and I hope you all had
a great time celebrating with family and friends.
As usual, Our Girl, put on a fabulous spread of wonderful foods. Her menu:
Seed crackers (Renee) with Cashew Cheese
Rosemary Marcona Almonds and
Cheese Plate (Kylee)
Kale Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Green Beans with Shallots
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Squashducken with Pesto
Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tart
Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy
The only thing missing from the traditional menu was a turkey.
Lisa and Lenny served a vegetarian Thanksgiving. No one missed the bird.
(Yet to be roasted)
Squashducken. Four different varieties of peeled squash, squashed inside each other, with
a hazelnut-sage pesto rubbed between each squash! Who thinks of this? Lisa
made a very small version of the recipe she semi-followed from
Caramelized Onion and Gruyere tart (no recipe, she just winged it)
I made a pumpkin pie
A local bakery made a pecan pie...
...and cute little turkey cookies for the kids
Lisa set a gorgeous table and decorated the mantle with flowers and squash. Flowers for the
table were placed inside hollowed-out mini-pumpkins (DT's chore).
Rina and Leo enjoying Lenny's famous dip
Lenny made his famous dip. It is required at all family gatherings and
football games. On Thanksgiving, it is served in a chip-and-dip set my
parents received as a wedding gift in 1953.
Rina is Leo's best friend, and she stopped by with her
family to say hello. When Leo saw Rina, he ran up to her, gave her a big hug
and declared, "I am thankful for you, Rina." Could not find a dry eye in the
house after that line. They are just so cute together.
Angela (Leo's godmother) made the "signature cocktail" for the evening - a
champagne punch with a fig-and-vanilla mélange. Oh, and vodka. Lots of
vodka. This went down very easy.
More family friends, Kylee and Colman, contributed a gorgeous cheese platter
as an appetizer.
Decor by Lisa
Ryan (went to college with Lisa) and Angela (Leo's godmother) with Leo
The pretty table - unladen v laden.
Wine from our neighbor, Ponzi, in Oregon
Our niece, Carla, is looking a bit over-whelmed by that platter of stuffing.
Meanwhile, Lucy has probably already started chowing-down.
The Squashducken is a bit blurry, but it roasted perfectly and was so good with
the sage-hazelnut pesto combination. Lisa topped the squash creation with
Lisa used puff pastry for the mushroom turnovers.
We had three ladies in animal print shoes!
Not that I am comparing my sister with the Wicked Witch of the
West or anything, but the pointy toe heels on the far left are the only
photographic proof Renee was even at the party.
Big adventure planned for tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Until my next update, I remain, your thankful correspondent.
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