[food|photos] Thanksgiving Dinner at Nuevo Rancho Lake

Tom turkey on his way into the oven, bacon makes him self-basting

Tom turkey on his way out of the oven, the bacon was yummy

[info]the_child is Henry VII, she is, she is

Us at our table, except for Jersey Girl in Portland, who is wielding the camera — from left to right, me, [info]the_child, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), and Lisa Costello.

Me, modeling a most delightful hat somewhere in the course of the day

The menu was roasted brined turkey (unstuffed, with bacon strips, on a veggie rack), sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, celery casserole, fresh made whole cranberry sauce, jellied cranberry sauce (in the can like we all ate as children), stuffing, gravy and knot rolls [ recipe ], with apple pie for dessert. Everything was fresh or scratch made except the canned cranberry sauce, and everyone contributed to the cooking, serving and cleaning up. A small, yummy feast.

Which we’re doing again tomorrow with a rather larger group of friends and family because my dad and (step)mom are back in town, except that Team E— be providing smoked pork butt in lieu of roasted turkey. Also discussed were plans for a Peking duck feast (also all home made) in early 2013.

Photos © 2012 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., B. Lake and N. Schaadt.

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7 thoughts on “[food|photos] Thanksgiving Dinner at Nuevo Rancho Lake

  1. mmmmbobo says:

    It seems to have turned into this bizarre cultural traditional that all Thanksgiving dinners must now have both homemade and canned cranberry sauce.

    1. Jay says:

      In our case, I insisted on the canned stuff just because. Everyone else wanted the home made. 🙂

  2. Rachel Sinclair says:

    I have a nostalgic fondness for the canned cranberry.

    I’ll be very envious of your Peking duck feast.

    Oh, and nice hat. =)

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