Thanksgiving: Always the Hostess


An evite to Thanksgiving at our house.

Remember that episode of Friends where the girls and the boys have switched apartments, and Monica exhausts herself cleaning and decorating the place? “I am always the hostess!” she screams.

I love to be the hostess. I love to stress myself out and spend too much on food and clean and cook myself into a frenzy. I’ve gotten pretty good at the art of timing. I know exactly how long it takes to scramble around in the kitchen as a crazy be-aproned hag, then leave something simmering on the stove just long enough to run upstairs to fix my hair and makeup and arrive downstairs looking lovely and relaxed, sipping a glass of wine and stirring something languidly as my guests arrive.

Two years ago we hosted our first Thanksgiving at our home, and this year I am so excited to do it again. Everyone is kind enough to bring food of course, but I planned the base menu.

Thanksgiving Menu 2011

Pistachio and Sour Cherry Goat Cheese Ball
Sage Butter Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy
Cardamom-scented Cranberry Sauce with Apricots
Scalloped Potatoes and Fennel
Walnut Green Beans
Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Butternut Squash with Pecans and Vanilla
Chocolate Ginger Pie

Several of the dishes (the turkey, the potatoes, the green beans, the salad) will be repeats from the first Thanksgiving we hosted, though I do deviate from the recipes just a little – they are all delicious and I’m working to make them yearly family Thanksgiving favorites! Others like the butternut squash and chocolate pie are close to things I’ve made before, but with little twists I’ve been wanting to try. I borrowed most of these, but the cranberry sauce – something I think gets too little love – is all mine!

Remember that other episode of Friends where Monica puts the turkey on her head and dances around?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Edit: My uncle took pictures! Here are a couple.

The food:

The fam: