HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Hi everyone!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Welcome to my favorite holiday and NO WORKING OUT today. I’m making up for it by working out tomorrow. Friday would usually be my day off. Switch. I don’t think I can say that we have a specific tradition in the Bedo household. Every year is different,  but It’s always a great time!The only thing that is pretty consistent is that  I end up being so stuffed every year, I swear I end up like a beached whale. No joke. This year, I broke the cycle. I definitely ate more than I would on a normal day, but managed to keep the binging under control. Thank goodness. It may have something to do with the fact that this year the party was pretty small, and we didn’t over do it with the amount of food and side dishes.

Let me re-cap you of what last year was like:

  • Party of 30 people
  • Prepped for 3 days
  • I did all the cooking , except desserts.(yes, for real. I wanted to say that I had hosted a huge thanksgiving feast once in my life)
  • A wet brined turkey the size of my body
  • A honey ham
  • A rotisserie chicken
  • Sausage/ sage stuffing
  • Brussel sprouts with pancetta
  • Pear, walnut, blue cheese butter lettuce salad
  • Fresh cranberry sauce
  • Cornbread muffins
  • Gravy
  • Bourbon sweet potatoes
  • Garlic mashed potatoes

I mean…..It was gnarly. I must admit, well worth it though> It turned out AMAZING!

This year, we kept it mellow and changed up the menu. It was just Mom, Dad and I and My uncle and his wife and their 4 month old baby girl, Emma. (freakin adorable).We were able to catch my brother on skype. He was crunching away in his lab. Not sure if I mentioned before, but, my brother is a genious, a neuroscientist, no big deal. I got sad seeing that he wasn’t celebrating and eating with all his friends, but  he so kindly reminded me that “uh Paula, I live in Canada, I’ts not thanksgiving here fool” LOL. Such a dumb ass.

Anyway, So, early this a.m. (6:00) I drove to the parentals house.  Usually Mom’s up ready to go with coffee made, but I guess she decided to sleep in, cuz when I walked in..Crickets. zzzzz

Mom had one of the protein muffins in the fridge so I muched on that and made some coffee.

I decided to get my crusts  started, since Miss. Martha Stewart (in the thanksgiving issue) mentioned that I would have to do several rounds of refrigeration. Mom was gonna need the oven round 11:00 am. So , I began to make a mess in the kitchen as usual. I’m not one of those,  clean as you go type. I wish I was.

The pie I chose out of the mag was the sour cream apple crumble pie, although I changed a few things.

  • I made the crust out of whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
  • I used light sour cream
  • I did less of the strussel topping.

All in efforts to “healthify” my Thanksgiving.

Golden delicious apples

I hate making pie crusts, they are soooo tempermental.

Got a great shot of willy being a cutie, hangin out in the sun, on watch of course.

Mom got up, got beautiful, (she wouldn’t let me photograph her in her pj’s) and got stated on her beef roast stuffed with pancetta.  The bomb. Btw, It’s this beauty’s BIRTHDAY today, doesn’t she look 26?? Happy birthday mami!!

It was such a beautiful day out, that we decided to set the table in the backyard. Who want’s to be indoors on a day like this anyway?! I sat and read the rest of the new Living magazine and sipped on some kombucha. I love the gingerade flavor. I knew I would need some probiotics after this meal!

Look who arrived!!!!  Uncle Manuel, Ingrid & Emma, this lil princess. She’s 4 months old.ahhhh, those cheeks. This day was so special, mostly because it was my first time meeting this sweet pea.

Happy girls!

After I annoyingly squeezed her to death for an hour, we headed outside for some appetizer.

These are Mom’s homemade empanadas.  Fried beef ones on the left, and baked spinach ones on the right. An Argentinian staple, and probably one of my all time to die for foods. I grew up on these. I could have easily taken down both these platters like I had never seen food before, but, I opted to just enjoy one of each and let the rest of the guests enjoy. My uncle is a wino, so he brought over a fabulous cabernet sauvignon from Mendoza, Arg.

This year our Thanksgiving had an Italian/Argentinian flare.

Caprese salad.

Stuffed beef roast

Real sweet potatoes (not yams)

And….some random cranberry sauce that Mom decided to whip up. It didn’t really end up pairing with anything but whatever. Gotta have something traditional.

We had the perfect amount of food. Nothing went wasted, and everything was delicious.

My pie was a success. I was a bit nervous because of the changes I had made to the recipe but thank goodness it all was good in the end. pretty huh?

The cake below was brought to work for me the day before by my fabulous baker friend, Jules Peres of Immaculate Confections. This is her famous vanilla bean rum cake. Ridiculous.

I made some last minute fresh vanilla whipped cream as mom made the teas and coffees.

Once that pie went down, it was pretty much food coma from there out. I enjoyed my coffee in front of this gorgeous fire. The Perfect way to end this perfect  Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my health, my family and friends,and my Wilbur<3

Question of the day:

Did you try any new recipes this year?