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Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving Table

Was it the stuffing? The mashed potatoes? No. I’ve realized my favorite parts of Thanksgiving are not so specific as one dish on the table. As Tom and I begin to establish our own Thanksgiving traditions, I’ve become attached to many of them. This was our firstofficialthanksgivingasamarriedcouple and we were lucky to enjoy it with two great friends, Mary and Brett. Perhaps obvious, my number one favorite part of Thanksgiving is setting the table, just as last year. This year we also repeated the practice of serving a relish plate full of homemade pickles in the living room before dinner. Standouts were Tom’s pickled okra and Brett’s pickled chanterelles. A few of us also ended up with a black olive on the end of each finger for fun. The best part of Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres, though, is most certainly Tom’s turkey liver pâté. I want to eat this all-winter-long… so if you have any spare turkey livers in the back of your fridge, you know where to abandon them—on our doorstep. Number four, well, the TURKEY. Tom’s method of roasting the breasts and separately preparing turkey legs and thighs confit continues to delight. And lastly, but not leastly, it is every little bite each a combination of the plate before me, that serves to make Thanksgiving a special meal. Each dish broken down into discrete, distinct mouthfuls is what makes this dinner Thanksgiving, to me.

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4 comments on “Thanksgiving Favorites”

  1. Brett Laidlaw 9 December, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Martha, Tom, it was a privilege and a delight to share your Thanksgiving table this year–your first as “old married folks”! Thanks for letting us savor it again through your words and photos.

    Brett

  2. Ryan 9 December, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Mmmmmm yep all that food looks delicious. Your knives are facing the incorrect direction!

  3. Martha 9 December, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    What!? The knife’s blade faces the plate… always.

  4. Nickie 9 December, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    we eat black olives and pickles from a relish dish every year before thanksgiving too! it’s the only time all year that dish is used!

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