And so we come to the traditional ThanksGavin Feast in its 2022 incarnation.
The main and kid’s tables.
Cute decorations this year.
And cute name tags.
The turkey straight out of the Green Egg.
Two turkey’s actually.
Mozzerella and Pepperdew appetizer.
The main spread of vegetables.
Kale Salad with a nutty dressing. With a meal like this a little fiber is always welcome!
Home-made cranberry jelly.
My mom’s home-made Cranberry Chutney.
Braised Leeks with Cheese. I’m really quite fond of leeks and probably ate at least 25% of this.
Baked Sweet Potatoes.
Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts.
The “Turkey Station.”
Turkey. This is only part of the two birds, but you can see how well cooked it is with juicy smoked meat and a nice skin.
Just a portion of the delicious Challah Stuffing.
Regular gravy made from browned turkey wings.
Flounder Cakes that tasted exactly like crab cakes.
My 2022 Thanksgiving Dinner Plate. This year I was on a serious diet and so avoiding the carbs. I did have to cave in and pile a little bit of stuffing in the middle, but otherwise I avoided all the potatoes, beets, bread, etc and just piled on the meat and veggies. #thanksgiving
My brother’s plate, which had a different selection.
The main dessert spread.
The hot dessert spread.
Pecan Pie. My mom bakes the best pecan pie. I use part of the recipe (minus the crust) in my pecan pie gelato.
Filo Dough and custard.
Grandmom’s brownies — they live on decades after her passing.
Grandmom’s blondies. I actually like these even better than the brownies.
Whipped Cream. I made whipped cream again. Just cream, vanilla, and a bit of powdered sugar.
Sweet Milk Gelato’s amazing Butterscotch Sauce. For the third year “running” (2019, 2021, and 2022 as 2020 was canceled) I whipped this up. Overcooked it slightly this year and it was a touch chewy. Still tasted amazing though.
My dessert plate. Sadly, the wine weakened my resolve and I broke down and had a little dessert. I didn’t finish the plate though and took about 1/3 of what I’d normally take.
Buster had Pig Ear for dessert.