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Thanksgiving 2009
cap, captain miss america
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As many of you know, for the past four years (this being the fifth), I took off a full week of work to make Thanksgiving dinner for my parents, my grand parents, and liret. This is my thank you to the people I love.

Note: Everything here is homemade. The liver mousse is homemade. The crab salad is homemade. The soup is homemade. The syrups in the cocktails are homemade. The mayonnaise in the deviled eggs (which are home-pickled, like the onions) are homemade. The candied nuts and seeds are homemade. The sorbet is homemade. The beets, the carrots, the broccolini, the kale, and the brussels sprouts, along with most of the herbs, come from our garden so they're extra homemade. The only thing on the table that is not homemade are the peas, which are their own story. Their own very exciting story.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

(This is also counting as my Free Topic entry for therealljidol)

dear LORD/GOD/GODDESS/BUDDHA/ALLAH is that a lot of food...

That is why I feel like a giant leaden balloon right now!

*drools* Wow! That looks absolutely yumsciously amazing, I am very very impressed. Impressed from the tip of my head to the tip of my toes.

Thank you! I am impressed with my belly.

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3 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 oz parmesan or peccorino or another sharp grated cheese
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cp white flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tbs ground nuts (optional-- you can also use herbs or something)

Put everything but the sour cream in a food processor. Process until the cheese has been cut up all grainy
Now add the sour cream and process again till all the dough gloms together
Take it out and roll the dough into two 1 1/2 inch logs. Roll the outside in the ground nuts.
Refrigerate the logs for 2 hours or overnight

To cook:
oven at 350F
Slice the logs into 1/4" slices and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Cook for 20 minutes. Take out and cool completely. They can be stored same as cookies.

you are AMAZING. *wide-eyed at the color on that turkey*

the shapes on the pies are adorable! i love the leaves.

My mom did the decorations! I think they are adorable too. We have these awesome little cookie cutters she uses.

Grandparents: possibly for eating?

Dude, I want that relish.

All your pies are flipping gorgeous. Wow. I mean, it all is, but they're also adorable! And yummy looking!

NO EATING GRANDPARENTS. My mom did the decorations on the pies! She is awesome!

And the relish is:

1 1/2 bags cranberries
1/4 cup basil

Put in food processor.

Then make this syrup:

1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup sugar
5 Tbs pomegranate molasses

(if you can't find pom molasses, add more wine and then use pom juice)

Boil till it gets syrupy

Add to the chopped cranberries. Add a tablespoon at a time till you get the desired amount of sweetness. If you like it more sweet, add some sugar or corn syrup.

Add 2 cups of pomegranate seeds (about one large pomegranate). Stir in with a wooden spoon!

Thank you! I love my Thanksgiving!

You look so much like your daddy! He's too cute. :D

Wow that's amazing. No wonder you needed a full week off to do it! It's really interesting how you do some unconventional dishes or put a spin on traditional dishes.

Thanks! I think they're all pretty conventional dishes! I get most of them out of magazines so the creativity is kinda minimal. The crab one I made up myself, a well as the cocktails, the crispy kale, the stuffing, and the turkey recipe, but most things are pretty verbatim do what the cookbook says!

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It is a ton of food! I am still full today! And I have actually done gluten-free holidays before. Not for Thanksgiving, but...the kale, the crab, the liver (not the bread, obvs), the soup, salad, scallops, eggs, sorbet, potatoes (assuming you're just wheat-gluten allergic), turkey, sprouts, both cranberry sauces, and the broccolini are all gluten-free! You really just wouldn't be able to have the pie, gravy, stuffing, toasts, pudding, or crackers. It would be doable!

Mmmmmmm this all looks scrumptious!!! And I made that cranberry cocktail and it was definitely a success! :)

Oh I am so excited to hear that! No one else has ever made one of my drinks before (and told me about it at least!)

Those pies are ridiculous! And 5 of them?! Insanity! I <3 the decorative pie crust cut-outs on top.

You may have posted this before, but do you have any tips for making tasty, flaky, delightfully and evenly browned pie crusts?

My mom does the pie crusts so I couldn't say but I know she uses lard.

DO you ever invite people that aren't family?:) I mean, you wouldn't want THAT many leftovers right?:)

Wow. All I can say is, you REALLY love your family. I love that photo of your grandparents so much:)

I do! My friend Jess comes every year. We were actually supposed to have more people this year but a couple of them cancelled after we'd already done all the grocery shopping.

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! That food looks wonderful! And I also love the picture of your grandparents -- that is so cute!

I hope you enjoy those leftovers. Amaaaaaaazing! :D

Oh god my belly is dreading the leftovers! We made turkey pie yesterday.

I really love that pic of the Gs.