Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving Gays

We hosted a Thanksgiving weekend at E’s family beach house south of Santa Cruz, California. Eleven guys for Thanksgiving dinner. Fourteen guys visiting over the four day weekend. It was like running our own Bed and Breakfast that included three meals a day. Everyone had a great time. We played board and card games, sang show tunes, listened to the new Madonna and Streisand CDs, watched “Some Like it Hot” and a Robbie Williams concert on the DVD, ran on the beach, drank lots of cocktails and wine and ate very well. Besides the turkey day fixings, we had pesto pasta on Wednesday evening, lasagna on Friday night and three homemade soups on Saturday.

Our Thanksgiving menu started with Appetizers:
Red Pepper, Walnut & Raisin Dip
Smoked Trout Dip
Assorted Nuts & Cheeses

Apple Soup with Spiced Croutons

Main Meal:
Four-Mushroom Stuffed Fennel
Grand Marnier Sweet Potatoes Stuffed in Oranges
Five Root Vegetable Medley, Caramelized (Garlic, Golden Beets, Turnips, Baby Carrots, Cipollini Onions)
Holiday Brussel Sprouts
Mixed Rice Stuffing with Squash and Sausage
Cornbread Stuffing with Cherries and Chestnuts
Giblet, Wine Gravy
Mustard-Herb Marinated Turkey (24 lbs.)
Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce
Mama Strasbourg's Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake with Pomegranate Sauce
Apple Pie ala mode
Date & Cranberry Cake

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