Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

A Thanksgiving Dinner that Couldn’t be Beat (with apologies to Arlo Guthrie)

Posted on: November 28, 2015


Okay, I’m a little late posting this. It’s been an interesting couple of days.

The Roomie and I had decided that this year we just didn’t have the spoons to do our usual Thanksgiving feast where anyone who knows us is welcome. She’s contemplating knee replacement surgery, and my sciatica prevents me standing long enough to do serious cooking. So we had pretty much decided to just feed ourselves and the Ex. Then I found out that a close friend had been ditched for the holiday by her significant other, so we invited her to join us. Somehow, we ended up with a feast anyway, and the fridge is now stuffed with leftovers (we did send a plate home to the Ex’s wife).

Acorn Squash with Cranberries Walnuts and MarmaladeWhat we had was a 6 lb. turkey breast, roasted to perfection by the Roomie, and the dressing to go with it. She also made some broccoli, because we know the Ex likes it. My contributions were cheesy garlic/onion mashed potatoes, two kinds of cranberry relish (one from a recipe that Christine Lavin posted on Facebook that sounded interesting, and a dark cherry/cranberry relish that took longer to set than it should have, but was delicious), and some acorn squash stuffed with butter, cranberries, walnuts, and marmalade (see Key Lime Banana Pie and Mini Oreo Cheesecakefirst picture), as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes for dessert. Friend made her fabulous spaghetti squash (nice and plain just seasoned with a little salt and fresh pepper), and the winner dessert of the night – a banana key lime pie that had the Roomie (our resident banana-averse person) going for seconds (see second picture)! The Ex helped with the Moving of the Furniture and the Setting Up of the Table, as well as the Reaching for Things from the High Shelves (he’s 6′ tall; I’m 5’4.5″ tall), both of which were essential. I even had homemade apple butter for hostess gifts for the Ex and the Friend!

The company was, of course, excellent! We started dinner around 4 pm, and were having our dessert and a bit of conversation by 7 pm.

Given that the Roomie and I didn’t do a huge feast, and didn’t do a lot of planning for this meal, it turned out wildly beyond our expectations.

 

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