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30th November
written by Steph
Hello, internet friends!  We hope you all had a wonderful weekend, regardless of whether it was a long Thanksgiving break for you (as it was here at S&TI!), or just a regular two-day job.  Any time that can be spent in one's pajamas is always time well spent is my way of thinking!  Our Thanksgiving was rather quiet as we just celebrated as we traditionally do, with a huge feast for just the two of us.  I know many people wouldn't bother making a turkey for such a small number, but I think this is a real oversight, as it clearly neglects to consider the glory that is LEFTOVERS.  I ask you, is there anything better than leftover turkey sandwiches, crammed full with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy?  Clearly not!  So on Thursday I went to town when it came to our Thanksgiving feast, and consequently, I have had to do no cooking since then (though our microwave has gotten quite the work out), and probably won't have to for much of this week either... huzzah! I must say that this year's Thanksgiving feast was probably our most successful, as the timing of the myriad of dishes worked out well, and pretty much everything was cooked flawlessly, and nary a complaint was to be found.  Here's a snapshot of Tony's plate before we chowed down:

Yum!  Truly a feast to be thankful for!

Yum! Truly a feast to be thankful for!

Starting at the "6 o'clock" position and working clockwise, here's a rundown of what I cooked (with links to recipes where appropriate, though I freely admit that I didn't follow anything strictly):
  • Pioneer Woman's Sweet Potatoes (with marshmallows!)
  • Stuffing (following my mom's recipe, which is without a doubt the surefire way to get the absolute BEST stuffing)
  • Roast Heritage Turkey with Bacon & Cider Gravy (we used a little Butterball turkey as we aren't millionaires who can go and buy our turkey at Whole Foods and I skipped the Dijon in the butter concoction, but it still turned out succulent and delicious... and the gravy... oh, probably the best gravy I have every made!  We don't make turkeys often, but the next time I do, this is the recipe I'll follow.)
  • Carrot & Turnip Mash
  • Smoked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
  • Creamed Kale
  • Dessert (not pictured): Maple Pumpkin Pie (divine!  Though we didn't do the leaf lattice for the top because we are not actually Martha Stewart)
Everything was so scrumptious and paired nicely with the raspberry lambic we picked up on a whim at Trader Joe's earlier in the week.  Honestly, I love Thanksgiving meals so much that maybe Tony & I should start celebrating both Canadian & American Thanksgiving so that we can have this glorious feast twice per year! Our Thanksgiving weekend was predominantly spent snuggled on our couch (in pajamas, obviously) playing video games and doing some serious armchair traveling via Rick Steves' Best of Europe on Hulu and some episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.  Also, imagine my delight when I discovered that episodes of The Two Fat Ladies have been released on DVD and that our local library carries them... The show is even better than I remembered (even if the food is somehow worse and more offputting), and I was definitely giving thanks for that long forgotten gem.  Sigh.  Such a good weekend, and I hope yours were similarly good even if they were not at all similar! 😉 Anyway, back to the last week our regularly scheduled programming!  It's time to announce our final winner for the last week of giveaways celebrating our one year blogiversary!  Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions of books to read, and it's much appreciated that none of you suggested books that you figured we would hate but for the resultant amusing review.  Lots of good ideas, including some titles I'd never heard of.  But a winner needed to be selected, and according to the randomness of this number generator, that winner is Nadia of A Bookish Way of Life.  Nadia selected Margaret Atwood's newest novel, The Year of the Flood, so a copy will be making its way to her very shortly.  Congratulations, Nadia!  We hope you enjoy the book! To all of you who entered our various giveaways, thanks so much for being a part of the celebrations and helping us brainstorm new and fabulous directions to take the site in our second year of blogging!  Here's to many more, and we look forward to celebrating with all of you in another year's time!


  1. 11/30/2009

    Congratulations to Nadia! And happy blogiversary again, Steph and Tony! Wish you all the best in the next year. Much love, xoxo

  2. Anonymous

    Your feast looks amazing! We didn’t have a normal Thanksgiving this year because my parents opted for a finger food type of Thanksgiving. Needless to say, I am not very happy. But it will all be ok because I have decided to cook a turkey feast this coming weekend, so I am looking forward to it!

  3. 11/30/2009

    What a wonderful looking meal! And what a great idea about celebrating multiple Thanksgivings! I starting looking, and so far have come up with 4 that aren’t actually just “harvest” festivals:

    U.S.: fourth Thursday in November
    Canada: second Monday in October
    Grenada: October 25
    Croatia: August 5

    If you add in harvest or autumn festivals, you get a whole bunch more countries!

  4. 11/30/2009

    Yum! Tony’s plate is making my mouth water.

    And happy year 2!

  5. 11/30/2009

    The food looks scrumptious. Have never had a thanksgiving feast but my gosh the food!!!

    Congratulations to Nadia.

  6. 11/30/2009

    Congrats on your blogiversary, Steph! I finally bought that Mishima book last night, so hopefully I can find time to actually read it now sometime soon. Thanks again for the tip!

  7. I’m not sure about sweet potatoes with marshmallow – I may have to try it just to see what it is like!

  8. 12/01/2009

    @ Claire: Thanks for the kind wishes! We look forward to another great year with you as well!
    @ Anon: My mother once suggested that we not do a turkey for Thanksgiving… needless to say that idea did NOT go down well (and thankfully did not happen!).
    @ rhapsody: Hey, any excuse to eat more turkey is fine by me! It makes sense for us to do Canadian & U.S. Thanksgiving since our household represents both of those fine nations, but why not celebrate as many harvest festivals as one can? I like that Croatia does this in August! Far too little turkey in the summer is my thought…
    @ softdrink: Still some leftovers to go… thank goodness!
    @ Mystica: It’s a shame that some of these dishes only get made at Thanksgiving (at least in our house), because they truly are so good!
    @ Richard: I hope you love the Mishima – I really think you will! Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
    @ Jackie: The marshmallow thing is SO American… I’d never had my SPs that way until I moved down here, and part of me still cringes when I add them on (even though I do admit they’re delicious that way… but I kind of like SPs any way!)…

  9. 12/03/2009

    Yum! We did a turkey too, and have leftovers for a month. I’m not a fan of turkey sandwiches, though, so not sure what else to do with it…

  10. 12/03/2009

    @ Rebecca: What about a turkey pot pie? That’s generally our go to for left over roast chicken, and is the one alternative I accept to turkey sandwiches (I generally am not a fan of turkey curry, but that’s another option as well, if curries are your thing!).

  11. 12/03/2009

    Steph, Great minds think alike as that is exactly what I did for lunch today! Except it’s turkey pot pie stew since I didn’t make the pastry crust or biscuits…leftover Thanksgiving rolls instead.

  12. 12/04/2009

    @ Rebecca: Sounds delicious! Kind of like a “turkey à la king”…

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