A Thanksgiving Roundup

A Thanksgiving Roundup

I hosted Thanksgiving at my apartment this year – my first year of officially hosting. My brother flew in from Providence, Rhode Island and my parents drove in from Iowa. We had 11 people eating with us (friends-who-are-like-family) and later, more friends joined for dessert, leftovers and wine. Here is our menu and enjoy our day through a culinary, photographic tour.

Appetizers/Small Dishes:

  • Dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon thanks to Ashalah.
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Homemade Sweet Potato Rolls
  • Vegetarian gravy
  • Turkey gravy
  • Corn
  • Salad with pomegranate, feta and avocado


  • Vegetarian Lasagna. My mother’s homemade vegetarian, spinach lasagna. It’s filling and our Italian version of Thanksgiving.
  • Mashed Potatoes. I made this easy, but perfect dish.
  • Fingerling mustardy potatoes with crème fraîche, topped with green beans. I made this dish via TastingTable.
  • Fresh, Organic Turkey 15 lbs. The man made, local, organic, free-range turkey. We let the turkey brine over night and then made a garlic, butter and olive oil sauce the day-of to coat the inside, skin and outside of Turkey and with herbs de provence. We also roasted apples, potatoes, garlic and onion with the turkey.
  • Tofurkey. For the vegetarian friendly, my brother made an incredible tofurkey, stuffed and baked. Even the carnivores loved this dish.
  • Roasted Kale with balsamic
  • Roasted brussell sprouts
  • Baked sweet potatoes


  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie. The infamous vegan pie that was posted here by my roommate.
  • Apple Pie with Caramel (times two)
  • Homemade Whipped Cream

Oh, and there was wine. Plenty of it. We even had Kombucha, fresh brewed and made from Monica for a perfect Boulder Thanksgiving. What did you make on Thanksgiving? Anything unusual not on the traditional menu? What is your favorite dish?