Silver + Gold

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!


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Our turkey took longer to cook than anticipated, so the appetizers were set out early.


Salami, Hickory Farms cheeses (from the Foodbuzz basket) and Matt cracks


The salami was a gift from my friend Jessi. She represents the brand professionally and sent me a few for the holidays. I also asked Jessi about the source of the meats prior to serving, and she reported back that they are hand-crafted and are made from all-natural pork free of antibiotics, hormones or other chemicals fed 100% vegetarian feed on small family farms.


We tasted the Black Truffle Creminelli – amazing! Dry and rich, probably the best I’ve ever had.


The chefs!! Sportin’ Great Harvest attire ; )


As Matt proclaimed, “One For Me, One For The Pot”


Karen brought her famous oyster pie and pineapple sweet potato casserole


I made the Figgy Wild Rice & Sourdough Dressing! Except in lieu of sourdough we used Great Harvest High Five Fiber. If you want to have the best stuffing ever, use a really good GH bread!!

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Matt is one devoted chef. He butchers his turkey, brines its, sears it and then roasts it in pieces. Makes for one tender bird. Our turkey was a local Virginia bird from a nearby farm.


Had to feed him sips while he worked!


Mocktail for cocktail hour. (Plus nibbles from the platter!)


We served two wines with dinner – the Edna Valley Chardonnay and Jefferson Vineyards Meritage. Yum!




I had a glass of each with dinner.


Plus an elegant water vintage for those who crave a more refreshing beverage





Herb Roasted Turkey

Homemade Gravy

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Beer Braised Cabbage

Figgy Wild Rice + Mushroom Dressing

Garden Greens with Roasted Hazelnuts, Dried Berries + Pumpkin Vinegar Dressing

Karen’s Oyster Pie (Betty Crocker)

Karen’s Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole (secret recipe!)

Buzz’s Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cheesy Rolls


Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Apple Bars with Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Brickle Ice Cream



We were a smaller group of 5 at the table – we missed Matt’s other family half this year! My sister + Matt are making a late appearance tomorrow for leftovers.


I had a taste of everything – plus seconds on the salad! And an extra bite of this or that. I’m full, not stuffed.


We took an interlude to clean up the kitchen (which was quite the mess!) and then put out dessert.


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Caught in action!



YUM! Thankful for tiny silver plates or I’d have eaten twice as much!


Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good digestion.

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1 Christina November 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Lovely pics, looks sooo yummy!


2 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up November 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Looks like a wonderful day! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family! :)


3 notyet100 November 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

nice pics,..:-)


4 Christin@purplebirdblog November 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

That Peanut Brittle ice cream is fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving!


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kath!! Full and not stuffed here too–wahoo.


6 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

That’s one fabulous looking spread!


7 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life November 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

What a lovely meal!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! : )


8 Laura (Starloz) November 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

happy thanksgiving.

looks like a delicious feast, i’m glad your not stuffed


9 Amanda (Eating Up) November 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

That salami looks incredible! It’s one of my favorite appetizers. Happy Thanksgiving Kath!


10 Emily November 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Looks delicious Kath!! Great post and awesome photography as usual. Your stuffing sounded amazing!


11 polly November 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kath!
Yummy looking, meal sweetie!
I am… STUFFED. 😀
Happy digestion for sure. XOXO


12 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Satisfied but not stuffed. Thankfully. I only ate the things I know I love and skipped over the things I like so-so.

Sifting thru the ads now, seeing what I am going to miss tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family~


13 Samantha November 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

What is oyster pie?


14 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

Layers of oysters, saltines, butter and cream.


15 Mara @ What's for Dinner? November 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Glad you got the post up :) Happy Thanksgiving!


16 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Your Thanksgiving looks fabulous!


17 Joy November 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Wow! So elegant; I love it! Can I be invited next year? 😉 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Looks like a fabulous feast :)


18 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Oh my – everything looks AMAZING!!!


19 Hannah November 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! If there’s anything to make em regret not being an American in America on this day, it’s those desserts. Peanut brittle ice cream? OMG.


20 Heidi - apples under my bed November 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

It all looks so lovely! I’m overly impressed with matt’s turkey dedication! Mmmm I would love to sit down to this scrumptious spread right about now :)
Heidi xo
p.s. yay for leftovers!!


21 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 25, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Everything looks fabulous, Kath! Love everything on your menu. :)


22 Cara Craves... November 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm

You and Matt make quite the chef duo!
Looks like a marvelous feast.
You have a lot of good food to be thankful for.


23 Alaina November 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Oh yum, that spread looks delicious! Are you a fan of Chardonnay? I just tried a Sebastiani from Sonoma and it’s so oaky and buttery, it’s delicious! Highly recommened :-)


24 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

Yes, I love buttery, oaky ones (and ALSO crisp, apple ones) and hate it when wine snobs talk down on butter and oak!


25 Sana November 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I love that we can all share t-day via blogs :)


26 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Happy Thanksgiving guys!!! Wow, the 4th Thanksgiving for KERF- how cool is that?!!


27 Jane November 26, 2010 at 12:40 am

I have to thank you for the Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe. I made it for today and it was a big hit, so lite! All you food looks great!


28 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

So glad!!


29 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 26, 2010 at 1:53 am

Hah, I love the last line, Kath RD. My belly has a lot of digestin’ to do! 😉


30 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 26, 2010 at 4:54 am

That looks like some great food and even better company! Karens’s pineapple sweet potato casserole sounds VERY good!


31 Lauren November 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

Looks like it was truly a wonderful day!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :)


32 stacey-healthylife November 26, 2010 at 7:03 am

Sounds like a very nice Thanksgiving.


33 Simply Life November 26, 2010 at 7:16 am

Happy Thanksgiving – looks like a great meal!


34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

Everything looks delicious! This post definitely made me jealous that our Thanksgiving was so long ago. 😛


35 Maria November 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

Just wanted to say Karen looks so lovely in these photos! Happy (American) Thanksgiving! :)


36 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Oh sweet, I will tell her :)


37 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

Love the first picture of you and Matt! So cute!

Looks like you had an amazing thanksgiving!


38 Shannon November 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love your last line! So true! We attended the largest vegan Thanksgiving dinner in the country yesterday. Oh, it was like heaven on earth.


39 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

Oh yum – looks like you had a nice intimate Thanksgiving! Happy holiday season!! :)


40 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

What a feast! All the food looks gorgeous. I can’t believe how much effort Matt puts into the turkey – that’s impressive! I think you guys did a great job – and whoever polished the silverware did a great job! 😉


41 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle November 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

looks like such a great time!!! All that food looks amazing!!


42 faith @ gracefulfitness November 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

Aren’t all Great Harvest breads “really good”? 😉


43 Camille November 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

The biggest thing that stuck out to me on this post was how happy everyone looks :)
I hope you had a wonderful day!


44 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

Looks like a fabulous meal!!


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

Looks perfect, Kath! Glad you had such a happy Thanksgiving! :)


46 erica November 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

everything looks so yummy!
my mom makes pumpkin chiffon pie too! it’s her specialty! YUM!


47 Amy November 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

What lovely family pictures! (And Karen is a knitter, hi fellow knitter!)


48 Dee November 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

WOW! This looks like a great Thanksgiving!


49 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker November 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

Great photos, Kath! :)


50 jenna December 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

looks delish!


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