I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I posted on my last Thanksgiving meal. This year was pretty much just as intense…
With my sister being very very pregnant (I’m having a niece!!), you would expect her to take a backseat in the Thanksgiving prep this year, but with her being the crazy fancy lady she is, that was not the case. Okay, we did do it semi-homemade-style with instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, biscuits from the can, and Grand Perisian salad mix from Costco, but she went all out with the table setting as usual…
She hand-made all the name cards and used her wedding napkin rings.
Here’s our feast in a nutshell. First we had our Peking duck, (from the store but de-boned); the legit way to do it is to wrap the duck meat in those steamed buns along with some thinly sliced green onions (brought to you by yours truly…took a lifetime) and some hoison sauce. The top middle is baked yams with fresh-baked biscuits from Trader Joe’s (SO GOOD). The top right is the grand parisian salad fancified with some fresh anjou pear. In the middle row we have our home-made BBQ pork ribs, sliced rib-eye steak, and roasted butternut squash. And finally in the last row we have roasted asparagus, cornbread stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
My plate…Although the mashed potatoes were out of the box, we roasted some garlic with olive oil, mashed it up, and mixed it in with it giving the whole thing an amazingly garlicky flavor.
And of course, there was dessert: pumpkin pie and lemon meringue pie. I didn’t get shots of those, but I did get a shot of my other dessert…
Home-made Irish Coffee! My brother-in-law has been obsessed with this since they went to the Buena Vista in SF with amazing Irish Coffee. He loved it so much, they bought these fancy glass mugs just to make it. It’s super simple but delicious. Here’s the recipe they used:
Irish Coffee Recipe
1 small packet of sugar in the raw
About half a shot of whiskey or to personal preference (They used Johnny Walker Double Black, which is pretty smokey. If you don’t like that flavor, then regular Johnny Walker Black or some other type of scotch would be great too.)
Cold whipped cream on top
I think Buena Vista adds 2 white sugar cubes instead of the sugar in the raw, but my sister thought it would be “healthier” with the substitute. We also found that the whipped cream is best if you don’t whip it until it’s super stiff, but a little creamy. That way it is kind of easier to drink with the coffee as it remains on top.
Well, that was my Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoyed your time with family & friends and eating your hearts out 🙂