After our awesome Turkey Trot, I had a few hours to shower and chill at home. T had to work at Safeway Starbucks (booooooooo!) so not only did he not get to go to the Turkey Trot, but he only had about an hour for shower/chilling before we had to head over to M & J’s for the Thanksgiving festivities. This was their first time cooking and hosting Thanksgiving dinner and I was excited to see what they’d come up with.
T & I arrived early to help with some of the prep work and hang out before the other guests arrived.
As expected, everything looked beautiful and smelled delicious.
M & J had been cooking for the past two days. J threw down some major bread-making skills:
There was also plenty of wine:
Fergus was also very helpful:
Soon enough, other guests started arriving and the flurry of activity in the last 45 minutes before dinner kept me too busy to take pictures. Suffice it to say, a mind-blowing array of food was prepared including stuffing, mashed potatoes, two kinds of sweet potatoes, a big green salad, three kinds of cranberries, green beans, carrots and artichoke hearts. And of course, J’s beautiful (and very trendy apparently) dry-brined turkey:
After some unconventional carving (vegetarians and the squeamish may want to avert their eyes… )
And then it was time for the eating to begin. Another shot of the beautiful table (taken before the madness began.)
So much delicious food! Plus the lively conversation with M & J, their friends Graham and Sarah, Graham’s sister Emily, her boyfriend Brian and their friend Brian. It was a good group of people, all of whom can cook their butts off! Afterward, we lay around in the living room digesting and chatting. Here are M, Sarah & Emily being goofy:
Graham and Sarah had brought some games along, so we played Catch Phrase for a while:
Somewhere in there was a flurry of pies and some homemade ice cream (courtesy of Graham and Sarah) I tried hard to not go too crazy, but I still ate a ton of food. Guess I’ll need to keep up the running! But overall, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving and a nice introduction to our Seattle holiday season.