I really wanted to share with my friends some photos of our happy and epic Thanksgiving at the Blind’s for our fun and pleasure, and for the honor of documentation and future memory ;-), but also share with the readers the menu that resulted from this our pot-luck, where we tried to bring in both traditional dishes and new tastes.
The menu was the following. Michael prepared two different kind of ebelskivers as appetizers (from the Danish cooking tradition), pear/blue cheese/walnuts and salmon/cream cheese/chive (soon description and recipe). Cinzia prepared a Tiramisu cake (fully Italian cake, post in preparation with photos and recipe). Katie and Liz contributed with a fantastic bean casserole, an American Midwestern classic, and ginger bread “whoopie-pie” cookie sandwiches with spiced buttercream frosting/filling. Kat brought in a rich cornbread, chestnut, sausage dressing (a Williams-Sonoma recipe) and an onion cranberry compote. Ruth and Peg prepared Ruth’s famous brussels sprout casserole with almonds, pine nuts and parmesan, and a casserole of sweet potatoes and apples roasted with maple syrup. Finally, Eric and Heather, the hosts, provided the majestic turducken with cornbread stuffing that you can see in the photos, roast potatoes and Heather’s magic carrot souffle, plus cheese and crackers as appetizers.
The turducken is a dish consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The word turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken. The thoracic cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are stuffed, sometimes with a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat. I very recently learned that the turducken is not a Californian dish, but a tradition of Louisiana and the Southern states. So, for my Californian friends I found this website where all the phases of the preparation of a turducken are described and photographed in detail (I joke saying that the Blind is still not ready to share his precious family recipe, but as you can see from the list the stuffing was of cornbread).
I apologize for the bad light of the photos, we were too hungry and excited to work on lights and white balance 😉 Photographers of the event were Cinzia, Ruth and Michael. Thank you again to Eric and Heather for organizing and so graciously hosting this event.