Sunday, November 25, 2012

Giving Thanks

Michele and I had a very lovely Thanksgiving holiday with the family in Davis, CA. The food and company were wonderful, and as if that wasn't enough, I also enjoyed a flood of viewers posting pictures of their successful Food Wishes' recipes on Twitter and Instagram. I want to thank everyone who mentioned us this holiday, and I couldn't be happier or more proud of all the beautiful food you created and shared. And while we're on the subject, here are a few highlights from our meal. Enjoy!

Our handsome, free-range turkey was from Branigan's Turkey Farm in Woodland, California, and it was amazing! I did the old, herb-butter under the skin trick, and it was one of the juiciest, most flavorful turkeys in recent memory.
I love to start the Thanksgiving meal with a small salad. This is a great way to get everyone to the table for toasts, grace, etc., and not have to worry about all the food getting cold. While the turkey rests, enjoy a nice pear, persimmon salad with goat cheese, pomegranate, and candied walnuts.
What's Thanksgiving, but an elaborate excuse to eat lots of buttery mashed potatoes? These were fortified with cream cheese as family tradition dictates.
These incredibly tasty sweet potatoes were simply roasted with maple butter and topped with salty, crunchy, toasted pistachios.  They were perfect.
I decided to eschew the usual green bean casserole for this new addition to the holiday side repertoire. The beans were tossed with copious amounts of roasted garlic, and then warmed in the oven after a crumbling of Point Reyes blue cheese. No one missed the casserole! 

We finished with the pumpkin pie you saw posted a while back, and by the looks of my Twitter feed, so did many of you. I hope you had a great holiday, and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Special thanks to Peggy & Al, Nina & Tom, and Jennifer and Leanne for providing us with such an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for a new video tomorrow!

11 comments:

Peggy Manfredi said...

We also enjoyed the corn spoon bread dish, which was a big hit with everyone, and no one thought it looked anything except beautiful! Besides all these wonderful foods served at the table we enjoyed snacking on cheeses, nuts and a wonderful Columbus salami.

Our Thanksgivings always remind us how fortunate we are to have the love of our daughters, our family, and with Chef John's talents and generosity, we are also the envy of millions on this day. We are so grateful, and as you can imagine, emphasis on well-fed and FULL!

Michael Gonzales said...

We also had a Fresh Turkey from Brannigan's which we brined then roasted with a slathering of orange rosemary butter. It was the best turkey we have ever enjoyed. It won't be the last.

Are the recipes for the sides on the site? Definitely want to try all of them @ Christmas.

Jason Smith said...

Cheers, Chef. And, thank you for your many years of entertainment and shared knowledge. You are... the best.

Planet said...

We conjointly enjoyed the corn cornbread dish, that was a giant hit with everybody, and nobody thought it looked something except beautiful! Besides of these terrific foods served at the table we have a tendency to enjoyed snacking on cheeses, barmy and a beautiful Columbus sausage.

PJ said...

I needed a pie in a hurry and there was no time to test a recipe. I knew I could depend on your recipe to come out right and taste good. I made your Pumpkin Pie recipe. Everyone said it was delicious! I go to Foodwishes.com first for any dish because your recipes always taste great and do not require expensive equipment or a trip to Timbuktu for some exotic ingredient.

Locomotive_breath said...

Food looks amazing Chef. I'm a devoted fan of your cooking and check out Food Wishes almost daily. Keep up the good work and here's looking forward to more delicious recipes. Thank you.

Judie said...

What, no turkey wing make-ahead gravy?

Martina Borgendale said...

Please please please post the recipes of the salad, green bean casserole and sweet potatoes. All of these look spectacular! Love your blog. Greetings from Nuremberg, Germany.

Martina Borgendale said...

Please post the recipes for the salad, green bean casserole and the sweet potato dish. They all look spectacular and I want to eat them :o) Love your blog. Greetings from a German and her American husband from Nuremberg, Germany.

Chef John said...

Yes, we had TONS of gravy! (there was way more food than I posted pics of here!) ;)

cherrie3 said...

The happiest thing in life is to have a healthy body to enjoy the food.