We had dinner guests today. I made:
Spaghetti & meatballs; three-cheese spinach quiche (as requested by Phoenix); salad with butter lettuce, spinach, dried sweetened cranberries, and candied pecans; country green beans with spiral cut ham; pan cubano; cruditÃ©s; a cheesecake; a deep-dish apple pie; strawberries with chocolate fondue; and rugelach. For drinks we had a neprica brought by our guests, sparkling cider for the kids, and an apertif of Beefeater martinis with Santa Barbara Olive Co. martini pimento olives (we never got around to these!).
I have this shit down so much that I’d already prepared much of the food beforehand; I rolled out of bed one hour before our guests arrived. Hee.
(I just read my entry from a year ago… come to think of it I’ve been cooking the majority or all of the day’s food since I was a young woman. I love cooking – deeply – and I hope to one day be the honored guest, not the matriarch doing the work… food traditions are fabulous.)
Now we’re tucking in for a sleepover and a night of MST3K (remember those beloved Turkey Day marathons?)
We all wish you a lovely evening and hope you’re spending it with who you love, in the way you love.[wposflv src=https://kelly.hogaboom.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Thanksgiving-2010.flv previewimage=http://domain.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/image.png width=654 height=480 title=”Thanksgiving 2010″]
(Apologies for the date-rapey song… but it really is cold outside & we’re wonderfully warm inside.)
Soooo much fun at your house and good eats too. I can’t believe you got out of bed 1 hr before your guests arrived and yet I was 40 minutes late putting dinner on the table for two. Argh. One day I will be almost as great as you.
Ha, thanks. Your spread looked pretty fabulous too! I’d love your recipes.
By the way, I didn’t serve on time. There was a cock-up – my bread didn’t rise fast enough! It held the serving time up. The kitchen was COLD and DRY. You can’t rush bread-rising. OK you can, sort of (put it in the oven over a pan of just-boiled water), but we chose to wait and drink Stumptown and chat.
It was very odd to have such an early “dinner” (we aimed for noon). The house I grew up in, we did like a 3 PM thing. I’m a fan of more traditional dinner times like a 6 PM. But any way you slice it, it’s wonderful to share a bountiful meal with people you like!