Thanksgiving in Pictures

I hope all my American friends out there had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was quite enjoyable...and filling! We spent Thanksgiving with Will's family as per tradition. Although we both are not originally from Oregon, we are blessed to have some of our family here in Portland. My older brother lives about a mile from us and Will's two sisters, Kate and Annie both live in Portland. This year, Will's sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Giovanni, hosted Thanksgiving. We divy up the dishes and everyone brings something.

Of course, I bring the wine! It's one of my favorite things about the holidays. I love to pull out wines I have been saving for a special occasion and share them with others. Our winemaker gave us Champagne as gifts for Thanksgiving, and let me tell you this one was a real treat! From left to right we had:

Larmandier-Bernier Premier Cru Brut Rosé de Saignée (Champagne), 1993 Jos. Christoffel Jr. Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese (Riesling), 2006 Domaine Gerard Charvet Moulin à Vent Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais, Gamay), 2007 Bergström Shea Vineyard (Pinot Noir), and 2005 Owen Roe Dubrul Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Annie and Gio made two fried turkeys, which is the first time we've done this for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, none of my frier shots turned out so I can't show you the frier in action. This guy is about ready for his injection of an herb mixture!

We had quite the spread! Will and I have been enjoying leftovers with fried eggs on top for breakfast the last few days. Tonight I am making a soup with the remainder of our turkey.

We weren't shy about making desserts either. Kate made pumpkin pie, white chocolate cheesecake and Will and I made pumpkin bread pudding with dulce de leche. All the desserts were so tasty! I wanted more, but I think I might have exploded if I ate anymore.

Of course the kids loved dessert too! Will's niece is so independent. She has to do everything herself; she wouldn't let me serve her an appetizer and when it came time to serve dessert she wanted to put the whip cream on everyone's pie.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving and I hope you did as well. Now my favorite time of year has started! Thanksgiving is the jumpstart into the holiday season and I can't wait for what this holiday season brings, especially visiting my family!