This is the 5th thanksgiving in our home. Year number 1 was pretty traditional, and we were so happy to host my in-laws and our dear friend, Mel. Year number 2 was just us and Mel (aka, one of our most favorite people in the world), and we deep fried a turkey. Year number 3 was just the three of us again, and we deep fried Cornish game hens, along with anything/everything that seemed like a good idea. The year number 4 guest list remained unchanged, but we decided to mix things up a bit and have a seafood thanksgiving feast. This made total sense to us since I’m a pescetarian and my husband prefers seafood over meat. We went all out–lobster, crab, king crab legs, Mel’s homemade clam chowder, lobster brie dip, and the list goes on, and on, and on. We went a little crazy and could barely dig into the main entree because we overdid it with appetizers and clam chowder (in bread bowls, I know, so stupid). This year, year number 5, we have decided to take a step back. Last year we made so many rookie mistakes, so we are all committed to do this seafood thanksgiving feast right. Here’s what our menu looks like.
one. Cheese Plate // two. Kale, Wild Rice, Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts & Feta // three. Potatoes Au Gratin with Gruyere // four. Brussel Sprouts with Panko Bread Crumbs (we are leaving out pomegranates) // five. Dinner Rolls ~ all images are from my board on Pinterest.com
six. Crab // seven. Lobster // eight. Pumpkin Cheesecake ~ Photos from my board on Pinterest.com, except the crab photo, courtesy of Mel
Please know that a big part of our thanksgiving celebration is being ridiculously casual, so that means that we will all don pajama pants, and combined with the seafood, I realize that our thanksgiving may not look like yours. It may be a little different, but the sentiment is the same.
I hope that you, your family and friends have a wonderful thanksgiving, and that you make some great memories.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!