Silver + Gold

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

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Thanksgivings Past

Thanksgiving 2007 Recap

Grateful For Gobbles

Thanks For Food + Family

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

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

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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.

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

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The chefs!! Sportin’ Great Harvest attire ; )

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

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Karen brought her famous oyster pie and pineapple sweet potato casserole

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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.

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Had to feed him sips while he worked!

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

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

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I had a glass of each with dinner.

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

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Menu

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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

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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

Thanksgiving

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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! :)

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3 notyet100 November 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

nice pics,..:-)

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

That Peanut Brittle ice cream is fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

That’s one fabulous looking spread!

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

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

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

happy thanksgiving.

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

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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!

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10 Emily November 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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

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11 polly November 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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

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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~

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13 Samantha November 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

What is oyster pie?
XO

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14 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

Layers of oysters, saltines, butter and cream.

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

Glad you got the post up :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Your Thanksgiving looks fabulous!

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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 :)

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

Oh my – everything looks AMAZING!!!

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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.

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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!!

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

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

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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.

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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 :-)

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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!

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25 Sana November 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

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

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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?!!

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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!

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28 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

So glad!!

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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! ;)

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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!

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31 Lauren November 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

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

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

Sounds like a very nice Thanksgiving.

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

Happy Thanksgiving – looks like a great meal!

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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. :P

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35 Maria November 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

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

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36 Kath November 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Oh sweet, I will tell her :)

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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!

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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.

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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!! :)

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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! ;)

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

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

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

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

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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!

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

Looks like a fabulous meal!!

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

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

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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!

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47 Amy November 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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

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48 Dee November 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

WOW! This looks like a great Thanksgiving!

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

Great photos, Kath! :)

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50 jenna December 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

looks delish!

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