"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

4 days to go- Counting downt to TG

4 days to go till thanksgiving, as usual i tend to procrastinate a little thought this time I'm kind of proud of feeling ahead of the game for the 1st time.

So we've got between 20-25 people coming over to my parents.  Mom has ordered the turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and king cake (she is out of town till wednesday).

The wine has been picked, got 11 bottles (the math about 22 adults @ 1/2 bottle each +/- ladies and non-drinkers)

2 bottles 2006 Reserve Chateau Saint Jean Chardonnay
1 bottle 2008 Hogue Rieseling

3 bottles 2006 Stags Leap Merlot
1 Bottle 2006 Grgigh Hills Merlot
1 Bottle 2006 Gundlach Bundschu Merlot
1 Bottle 2003 Chateau Fonroque St Emilion 
1 Bottle 2006 Colonial Estate Etranger Cabernet Sauvignon
1 Bottle 2007(?) Cult Cabernet

I'm quite proud of the selection. Hopefully all the education and research has paid off.

Kept budget under $300 thanks to a 60 dollar coupon.... how about that for savings?

As far as the foods is concerned this is the tentative menu (I keep on making changes to it.... can't seem to decide.

So here it goes:
1. Eggplant and Spinach Terrine
2. Mashed potatoes with goat cheese and caramelized onions
3. Spinach Gratin
4. Brussels Sprouts with pomegranate and pecans, tossed in vanilla butter and pomegranate molasses (a revelation at 11:30PM on a sunday, thanks Bobby)
5. Salmon Mousse
6. Roasted potato and radish salad with black mustard
7. Spinach and roasted pumpkin salad
8. Rice (just thought of it.... another revelation at 11:30 pm)

and maybe:
Heirloom tomato and mascarpone tart which most likely will be replaced by red onion jam and goat cheese tartlets..... or maybe I'll skip this one all together.

My sister is getting the desserts together.... TBA

Still thing its ridiculous the amount of food... but oh well.... will be bringing my doggy bag for sure ehehhehe.

What are you planning for thanksgiving this year?


  1. Oh Natty falta ai um bom vinho portugues :-)
    bem já está tudo pensado:-) parabéns
    agora mãos há obra
    bjinhos Happy Thanksgiving

  2. ehheh sim mas isso temos umas garrafas em casa bastante melhores q as q se compram aqui :D

    OMG so nao estava no plano ficar com gripe...isso e que nao. tou podre!

  3. Oh entâo?? já estas melhorzinha?
    as melhoras e bons cozinhados

  4. :) tou mais ou menos, andei o dia todo a procura de mollasses de roma e n achei... agora vim p casa cheai de monicoes para fazer um homemade version.... OMG soooo much work, this was hte last thing i needed right now

    Happy thanksgiving na terra da tugaria :D

  5. Então, agora queremos saber como é que correu!?

  6. :) nem tenho tido tempo p vir ao blog :) foi tudo um sucesso.... so tenho fotos de um dos pratos, foi o q deu tempo, mas vou ver se apanho da maquina da minha irma, pedi ao meu cunhado p tirar.... foram 4 dias de comer e comer e comer. Vou ver se consigo as fotos amanha.


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