Hello all.  How was your holiday weekend?  I hope it was spent well with the people you love.  This year Keith and I threw a “Friendsgiving” party.  We had quite a delicious menu and some great company.  We brined and spatchcocked (butterflied) a couple of turkeys raised by Stacey & Bill of My Fine Homestead.  It only took an hour to cook, much faster than when roasting the turkey whole.  The skin was crisp and the meat was moist and flavorful.  It was also a nice re-introduction to Thanksgiving turkey for our friend Dawn who had not had it for about ten years.  Speaking of Dawn, she is quite the baker.  She brought a galette filled with three types of thinly sliced squash, caramelized onions, and some ricotta and parmigiano cheeses.  The buttery crust had an exquisite balance of the thin flaky and tender layers.  Another hit was her pear and ginger cheesecake.  Mike brought a sinfully good pecan pie.  I’m not a disciplined baker so my contribution was a pumpkin pie made by Grant Achatz‘ family.  Thank you Whole Foods Madison for stocking it!  Our friend Kiley brought some delicious extra aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek cheeses which she helped to make.  We went traditional for the sides: turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, and my “must have” sweet potatoes with marshmallow.  I love an American Thanksgiving.

My Plate


We used China and silverware from Grandma LoRetta.  I even polished the silverware the night before.  It made me feel as if I were a downstairs maid from the show “Downton Abbey”. 🙂


Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Rush Creek Reserve


Globe Grapes


New Glarus Serendipity

Furthermore Fallen Apple

New Glarus Spotted Cow

Main & Sides

Turkey from My Fine Homestead with homemade Herbed Butter


Cranberry Orange Sauce

English Bread Sauce


Green Bean Casserole

Sage Stuffing

Sweet Potato with Marshmallows

Buttered Brussels Sprouts


Achatz Pumpkin Pie topped with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

Mike’s Pecan Pie

Dawn’s Pear & Ginger Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce



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