Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012

Wishing everyone a very wonderful and safe holiday weekend filled with celebrating everything to be thankful for! x

Apple Pie

Apple Pie & Coffee


It’s that time of year for my second seasonal themed dinner party. For autumn, I decided to go with a rustic outdoor picnic, inspired by my family’s leftover Thanksgiving food and style inspiration from my great grandfather’s fishing gear. For the ingredients I couldn’t find in the fridge, I spent the morning in the quaint village of Cazenovia getting fresh, local food from Troyer’s, a general store opened by the Amish (I have a whole other post on this I’ll share soon).

The Menu…

Drinks: Pellegrino Sparkling Orange Drink and Saranac Craft Beers

Appetizers: Maple Popcorn,  Roasted Edamame, Vegetable chips and Homemade Trail Mix from Troyer’s Country Store

Main Course: Roasted Turkey Sandwich with homemade toasted bread, lettuce, tomato, basil infused mayonnaise, provolone and caramelized onions

Side: Saratoga country fried potato crisps seasoned with oregano

Dessert: My mother’s chocolate Italian roll cookies and homemade banana bread

Styling Tips…

• Pack each meal individually in a small cardboard to-go box for an easy transport to your great outdoor picnic location. Cut gift wrap from Anthropologie in thin strips and adhere to the sides of the box and label the menu on a strip of tape on the top of the box

• Birch bark as name cards and propped up at each place setting with one of my grandfather’s fishing lures

• Brown paper bags folded over, tied with ribbon and a burlap bow make for great serving bowls for snacks

• Sprinkle the center of the table with leaves and pine needles

• My great grandfather’s blanket from World War I as a table cloth

• Centerpiece floral arrangement, dried hygendra with a plume from ornamental grasses

Roasted turkey sandwich

Table setting and packed lunches ready to go

Homemade Trail Mix from Troyer's

Floral arrangement

Roasted Edamame

Country fried potato crisps with oregano

Boxed meals and Saranac Craft beer

Maple popcorn and birch bark place cards

Dried vegetable chips

Roasted Turkey sandwich

Drinks and cookies

Chocolate Italian cookies and banana bread

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

Before the hustle and bustle of the biggest cooking day of the year begins, why not treat yourself to a relaxing cup of tea. Using some of my mother’s ingredients for her cranberry salad, I added fresh squeezed oranges, cranberries and cloves to my orange spice tea. The vintage spoon was a recent purchase from Love Adorned, an adorable lifestyle boutique in Nolita.

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll be back this weekend to share some fun post-turkey leftover festivities!

Thanksgiving Morning Tea




Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2010

Hope everyone stateside had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday. Here’s a sampling of our traditional dinner enjoyed by the family at my grandmother’s house in Syracuse, NY.

Banana bread & dinner rolls

Olives & Pickles

Turkey & Stuffing

Thanksgiving Prep

November 26, 2010

My contribution to the family Thanksgiving feast this year was a Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter that I found thanks to Giada with the Food Network.

Mixing together the cinnamon, maple syrup, sugar and pepper for the sauce

Turning the sweet potato dough into gnocchi

The finished product: after/before