…and this is why:
Pals (by way of Kent and Steph) Val, Tim and Junie hosted a Fake Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. This annual event is intended to encourage the ‘foodiest’ dishes that would never fly at a traditional family Thanksgiving. It was insane, and I feel privileged to have scored a spot on the guest list.
I made a wild rice salad with roasted squash, brussel sprouts, hazelnuts, cranberries, mushrooms and parsley… all dressed in an apple cider/garlic dressing. It seemed to go over well…
Appetizer. Baguette with fig, goat cheese and balsamic syrup:
Appetizer. Turkey Roullade with cranberries, pumpkin and corn meal:
Pumpkin ravioli and brussel sprouts:
Greens and sweet potatoes:
The kids table. They were so much fun that now I either want to have kids immediately or want to be ten again, I’m not quite sure…
A man’s plate:
And what you have here is an assortment of mini pumpkin, pecan and chocolate-fig pies. You know I tried all of them, right?
And this… the upside-down pear-fig tart:
Photo by Max (the kid, not the cat):
Activity during all of this: Lots of Wii Dancing (I was sweating… in a good way) and also ping-pong…
Today, though, I knew I needed to really make up for the hoopla. I went on an early morning 10 mile bike ride, rocked an hour on the treadmill, a lift class and a spin class. Quality time with the gym and my spin friends… good times! Now I’m eating the amazing pumpkin-black bean soup Mandy made for the dinner I crashed after the Thanksgiving feast. The food! It never ends!!