Friday, November 27, 2009

Friends, Food, and Fun

A French Thanksgiving?  

Yes, I know the French don't celebrate Thanksgiving, 

but one of our dinner guests is French. 

 This was in her honor!

Designs by Gollum: Foodie Friday is also labeled, Friends, Food, and Fun. That pretty well sums up our Thanksgiving evening. We definitely had a delightfully fun evening with friends as we enjoyed a delicious meal, so I decided to link some of the photos of our meal to Foodie Friday. It's the first time I'm participating in this weekly party, though I'm a faithful visitor each week.

We started our evening by popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and nibbling on appetizers.

Liver Paté 

with Herbed Crostini

More Paté. . . Paté with 

Truffles and Paté de Campagne

Artichoke Spread 

with Cayenne

Served on 

Heart Shaped Lahvosh

We started dinner with a salad of baby spinach 

with fresh grapefruit and blue cheese crumbles.

The main meal was served from the sideboard.

My husband is the chef in our home, and he likes to march to his own drum. Though he has roasted a turkey for Thanksgiving at times, he often likes to cook a different bird for our Thanksgiving meal. We've had pheasant, quail, cornish game hens, and this year he selected to serve duck. He actually bought it smoked, and it was delicious!

Smoked Duck

Garnished with 

Cherry Tomatoes

Wild Rice with Dried Sour Cherries 

and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Haricots Verts 

with Bacon and Onions

Country Bread

Sweet Cream Butter

A nice Chardonnay from Chateau St. Michelle

A Cru Du Beaujolais. . . 

Perfect Pairing for the Duck!

After dinner we moved into the living room 

around the cozy fire to enjoy coffee and dessert.

Expresso with a Touch of Irish Whisky 

and a Topping of Whipped Cream

A Bite of Chocolate

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Just so you don't think 

I'm totally worthless in the kitchen, 

this little birdie wanted me to tell you 

that I get the credit for baking the pies.

Pumpkin Pie Topped with Fresh Whipped Cream 

and Honey Glazed Pecans

Thank you for joining me for Foodie Friday. You can view the table setting for this meal here . It was posted for Tablescape Thursday this week.

Please leave a comment below. I always enjoying hearing from each of you who stop by for a visit. Then click here to visit Designs by Gollum to see a list of others participating in today's Foodie Friday.

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, a magnificent Thanksgiving celebration.......just know everyone had a splendid time. How lucky to have a DH whose kitchen talents are so awesome - mine boils water and that's about it!! Your pie was so pretty with the pastry leaves - that would definitely be my favorite part along with the pecans!

    Thanks for sharing your feast.

  2. Looks like a scrumptious, if unconventional, Thanksgiving dinner. Your husband looks as though he truly enjoys cooking. Lucky you! My dh did all our cooking yesterday, too. Your pie was beautiful, too. And everything was SO beautiful. I'm sure your guests were blessed by such wonderful hospitality! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post.


  3. Sarah, this looks absolutely divine! I know your guests loved having this delicious meal. You and your DH outdid yourselves, and I love all the dishes served.

    I like that you try different birds for Thanksgiving. My inlaws always enjoyed serving a different dish every Christmas which was always fun. I would love some of that delicious pate right about now! Got any left??? I've been gone all day, and even though we had dinner, seeing this makes me feel famished. I love it!


    Sheila :-)

  4. Wow, Sarah! What a treat that must have been for your French guest! You and your husband are not only fabulous cooks, but fabulous hosts as well! I remember my Thanksgiving in France. They only sell whole turkeys by request, and my neighbor had a huge tom turkey in her chicken coop that kept eyeing me as I would pass! So...I had to make do with roast chicken! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  5. What a delicious looking meal Sarah, I'd love to try all those dishes. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  6. What a nice presentation, Sarah! You are so lucky that your hubby cooks. The food looks so delicious and makes me wish it is Thanksgiving again, lol...Christine

  7. Yummo, Sarah!!! My hubby would have been in 7th Heaven at your T'day celebration....he LOVES pate & duck!
    I've made artichoke spread before but never with cayenne. I must make a note on my recipe to try to jazz it up a bit next time. :)

    Your little heart shaped lahvosh are just too darn cute!

    Everything is so beautifully presented, too. I am jealous you have a husband who cooks! *sigh*
    Oh & your pie is a work of art....just BEAUTIFUL!
    Thanks for letting us come see how your holiday meal looked.

  8. You do everything beautifully Sarah. Your Thanksgiving dinner is worthy of Gourmet magazine. I heard they closed down, how sad!


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