Thanksgiving 2011

This is what a Shiksa in the Kitchen Thanksgiving looks like! I thought I’d share a few pictures from our holiday gathering last night. We had about 30 guests, so we had to tent part of our back yard and set up a really long table. I took my Sukkot decorations out of storage (many of them conveniently double as Thanksgiving decorations), and handed them to my Mom and my brother’s girlfriend. They are both very handy with this sort of thing, so they worked their Martha Stewart magic while I cooked. The multi-colored water goblets were a birthday gift from my mom a few years ago. Amazing, right? I love having a rainbow of colors at my holiday table. These goblets make an appearance at Passover and Rosh Hashanah, too!

The Shiksa’s Thanksgiving Menu 2011

Organic Lemony Hummus
Spinach Dip with Sourdough
Fresh Veggie Tray
Brined Roast Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Pumpkin Challah
Sweet Potato Casserole
Smoky Roasted Cauliflower
Fresh Herb Stuffing with Chicken Sausage
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Marinated Zucchini
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping
Apple Pie

That’s me and my mom in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. Mom made her famous mashed potatoes and gravy. Awesome.

Here’s the buffet, all set and ready to be devoured! I only got a few pics of this, everybody was so hungry that I couldn’t make them wait while I take my food-bloggy pics. The food smelled too good, and everybody was too hungry.

We served two types of turkey, a brined Classic Roast Turkey and a Smoked Turkey.

I served lots of different sides, and I tried to work some healthy and exotic flavors into the mix. Thanksgiving is all about tradition, but I like to add a few unique touches– like Moroccan Carrot Salad, Pumpkin Challah, and Smoky Roasted Cauliflower.

By the time dessert rolled around, I was too stuffed and tired to bust out the camera. I wish I’d captured a few shots of the pies, they were gorgeous. Instead, I’ll end this post with my favorite photo of the day:

My Mom created this work of art, a veggie tray in the shape of a turkey. We were inspired by a Pinterest post from Jaden at Steamy Kitchen, who pinned the image from Isn’t it adorable?? Gobble gobble!

It was so wonderful to share this holiday with so many family and friends. I was born on Thanksgiving (the holiday falls on my birthday every 7-8 years), so it’s a particularly meaningful day for us. My mom calls me her little Butterball. It gives new meaning to the phrase, “I’m thankful to be alive.” What a blessing to be able to celebrate with our loved ones.

Hope you all had a terrific holiday!

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  1. What a fun and delicious dinner! It looks like a good time for all and I can understand not wanting to wait…it looked amazing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. You should be very proud of yourself! What a beautiful thanksgiving, and the memories you made for so many, what a mechiah! ; )

  3. Tori it all looks so fantastic. I love the multi colored goblets are beautiful. I love the pic of you and your Mom. So much to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing this with us. xx

  4. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday Tori!
    I did not take one picture of my Thanksgiving food….too busy cooking! You table and buffet look wonderful!
    On to the next holiday!

    1. I don’t blame you re: the pics, it was tough finding a spare moment… I worked a few shots in while my family was gathering to enjoy the buffet. Glad I snapped a few! Wish I’d gotten dessert, though…

  5. Looks delicious. I thought because of it being “shiksa” in the kitchen, there surely would have been ham. But instead, there was hummus. Go figure.

  6. Whoa, talk about impressive! 30 guests? I had three people at my Thanksgiving table and preparing the feast was still stressful! Kudos to you. And cute turkey veggie tray :)

  7. Tori, WOW! I am so loving those goblets and genius move on the succah decorations and your buffet spread looked delicious – What was that ring of challah thing with dip in the middle? Everything really looked awesome.
    What a great day to have a Bday – looked like it was a fun one.

  8. So beautiful! So much love and work went into all this is so lovely.I love your huge table and I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time together. Oh the dishes but I’m sure it was all worth it. I love your place cards i always want to make them ahead of time but it slips my mind while I’m cooking!

    Happy holidays Tori, thanks for sharing :)

  9. Hi Tori, You mentioned that this was a roundup of your previous posts. Do you send them by email? Because I have not been receiving your posts. I only received this roundup. Tammy

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  10. I love the photo with your mom – so cute!! Glad you got the chance to snap photos – they’re lovely. I know exactly how it is to hold the crowd for a bit for photos :) And the Pumpkin Challah looks and sounds divine! :)

  11. Happy belated Thanksgiving! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the colored goblets, but really loved the buffet service. I’m going to remember that – it’s much easier than passing! :)

  12. What a spread …both food and love…We had a long table and lots of people as well but not as long as yours …love the colorful goblets. They make it festive.
    Oh and Happy Belated Birthday :)

  13. Can you share your Fresh Herb Stuffing with Chicken Sausage recipe? Sounds great and I gave up pork when I converted. (On 11/17/11!). :-)

  14. This is so inspirational!! I absolutely love your blog and your simple (but well done) food and presentation. I’ve sort of been fascinated with Judaism after reading The Chosen by Chaim Potok (such an amazing book!) in high school, and I love that you explore Judaism through food! You’re definitly on my blog reader :)

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