Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

This year's Thanksgiving was a unique one. For both Grayson and I, it marked the first Thanksgiving away from family. We designed a menu for only two people, and I got to shop for ingredients at Pike Market!

Total cost for ingredients and supplies: $84.76*
Total cost for Hobbes' dinner: $0.69

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*the port cost more than the turkey.

Like most great things in modern times, the success of the cupcakes was due to efficient division of labor. Natasha and I pooled our efforts on this one, with great happy success.

The sweet potato cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese icing were a compromise dessert between pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows.

Observe the slideshow:

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Dinner was comprised of:

Salad/vegetable: Frisée Salad with red bartlett pears, pomegranate seeds and manchego cheese, with a vinaigrette. High-fallutin' eh?

Main course: Spiral-stuffed turkey breast with apple cider gravy and mashed potatoes.

Dessert: Sweet potato cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting.

We made the cupcakes the night before, and started dinner at 4:30 p.m. Grayson had to work until 7 p.m. (he works from home), so we were aiming to eat at 8 p.m. Everything went swimmingly, the only mishaps were the lack of a dutch oven, which caused the turkey's cooking time to exceed plans by half an hour. Also, I sliced my finger when I meant to slice a pear for our salad. Hobbes enjoyed turkey and giblets kitten food while we ate our dinner. We both tried port for the first time with dinner. It was really good, but definitely packs a punch. Hyah! All in all, a small, super-delicious dinner. And, we were really good and did our dishes as we went, so there was no clean up afterward (except for two plates). Awesome!

Observe the slidesow:

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