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
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
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 EatingWithFoodAllergies.com. 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!