Thanksgiving Preparations

This is just a quick, short post to say Happy Thanksgiving as I am knee deep in turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and the like. I started all my prep work today and finished some of my make-ahead items (i.e. the apple cranberry chutney and a couple of desserts). Tomorrow will be quite hectic, but I look forward to everyone gathering at our house for some good food, good drinks and above all, good company.

Our “feast” will start off with some appetizers: tzulamas (a pork, currant and pistachio pie); kopanisti (a gorgonzola, feta and roasted tomato spread) with toasted pita triangles; mini pancetta cornbreads with a cranberry apple chutney; marinated artichokes; sliced cured chorizo; and cheeses. We’ll then move onto the roasted turkey, of course; my family’s traditional rice, ground meat and pine nut stuffing; some sauteed broccoli rabe; glazed carrots; beef bourguignon; and thyme roasted potatoes.

These are the days I am happiest: when our big family is gathered in one place to eat, drink, talk, laugh, reminisce of the past and hope for the future. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a healthy and joyous start to this year’s holiday season to everyone, all across the globe.

A Butternut Squash Pie (instead of the usual pumpkin pie) I made early this morning (6:00 a.m. to be exact) for my daughter’s class to enjoy at their Thanksgiving “party.”

That one butternut squash went a long way … a panna cotta of butternut squash, ginger and coconut milk for our guests to enjoy after dinner tomorrow.

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10 Responses to “Thanksgiving Preparations”

  1. Peter M says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a stress-free one!

  2. Laurie Constantino says:

    Maria, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It sounds like an amazing meal! (And continuing my parallel food life, I just finished making kopanisti for one of our appetizers.)

  3. Peter G says:

    Enjoy Thanksgiving Maria! You have created a wonderful menu for everyone to enjoy!

  4. Rosie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving have a wonderful day :)

    Rosie x

  5. Bellini Valli says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Maria!!!!

  6. Ivy says:

    Maria, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday to your son. I think you said it was today.
    All youf food sound and look delicious. I am waiting to see them posted. I made tyrokafteri a few days ago, which is similar to kopanisti and I would like to see how you made yours, as I don’t use roasted tomato. Filakia

  7. Núria says:

    Happy ThanksGiving dear Maria!!! Hope you had a wonderful and joyous time with all your family :D :D .

    The menu sounds super… will we have some pictures later on?

  8. Maria says:

    Thank you all for your kind wishes! I’m still recoverng from a week of non stop cooking and baking, but as of tomorrow I will be posting and visiting all your sites again.

  9. panole8riambos says:

    Very nice blog.
    Greetings from Greece.

  10. Maria says:

    Thank you for visiting panole8riambos. Hope to see you here again soon!

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