Our First Friendsgiving

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Anne and I hosted our first-ever Friendsgiving this past weekend. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a few years, and being in Chicago and close to good friends felt like the right time to give it a try.

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I made a centerpiece for our table from white pumpkins and strawberry corn that we grew at the farm in Wisconsin this summer, as well as silver dollar eucalyptus I found at Trader Joe’s ($2.99 for the bunch!). Working on this arrangement had me feeling like I was back at terrain again.

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We squeezed 10 people around our dinner table — a very hyggeligt time.

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Everybody contributed a dish to our Friendsgiving, making for a delicious meal indeed. I made my Grandma Anne’s pecan tassies (or, as we call them, “little shits”) and my Grandpa Augie’s pumpkin pie. Anne focused on the turkey and mashed potatoes.

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Our meal:

  • Roast turkey breast (following this recipe loosely)
  • Mashed potatoes (following this recipe, again loosely)
  • Cranberry-citrus sauce
  • Sausage and mushroom stuffing
  • Roasted squash
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots provencal
  • Rice and arugula salad (recipe from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More)
  • Pecan tassies
  • Pumpkin pie

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It was a beautiful time with great friends, and I can’t wait to keep making special memories like this. What are you cooking up for Thanksgiving this year?

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Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

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