Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Thanksgiving 2005

Posted on | November 25, 2005 | Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2005

Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. Rushing from work, to the car, to sit in traffic for 10 years, devour Turkey, and then rush to get back in the car, to sit in traffic again. Thanksgiving is the King of Big and Bad. Worst Traffic day, Black Friday, and the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year. Thanksgiving backwards spells trouble. Ok, that was a stretch.

I am a believer of staying home on this crazy holiday. Invite friends over and take the stress out of spending two holidays with family. When I was college, I always had to work in order to get the sacred day of Christmas off. I began to enjoy cooking for random people in my house who were to homeless on the Big Turkey Day.

This year I again I continued with my tradition. My guest list included 4 Spaniards, a brother, and a boyfriend. I went all out with a True New England Thanksgiving.

Endive Spears with Stilton Cheese, Pecans, and Pears – Big Hit!

Assorted Cheeses and Breads



Stuffed Mushrooms

Pear and Pressco Cocktail- Pairs well with Endive.


Brined Roasted Turkey – Moistest Turkey I have ever had!

Brussels Sprout with Pancetta – Baked in the oven till crispy.

Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows- Made in Individual Tarts so everyone could have a little toasted marshmallow!


Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

Apple Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie

My friends were overloaded with all the food you could possibly consume in one day. I was absolutely exhausted and went to sleep shortly after dinner.

All the recipes can be found on Food Network’s Website. I found them all to be super-easy. Time maintenance and getting it all on the table hot was the most difficult task. The recipe for the Sweet Potatoes is an Original Recipe. You should call and beg me to cook them for you!

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