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Friday Family Dinner, 2016

24 November, 2016

Better late than never…

This year, we’re down home and simple, taking our inspiration from the flavors of Louisiana.

French 75s

Cheap Beer

Creole Crab Cheesecake

Crackers and Relishes

Hush Puppies

Cheese Biscuits

Cajun Seafood Boil with Crab, Shrimp, Smoked Sausage, Corn and Potatoes

Tabasco and Honey Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Creole Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream

Lemon Chess Pie

Family Dinner 2015

16 November, 2015

This year we’re doing something a little different. We won’t be doing Thanksgiving. After talking it over for a few years, we decided that the whitewashing of history and the awfulness of the Pilgrims to both Native Americans and other colonists is not worth celebrating.

We also aren’t fans of Black Friday and reckless consumerism (oh, we’re still buying presents and decorating like bananas for Christmas, but we’re drawing a line here).
Still, we want to share a good meal with the ones we love. So, we’ll be having Family Dinner Friday this year!

The Menu

Champagne Cocktail:

Autumn Bellini

Apertif Cocktails




Antipasto Misto

Artichoke Frittata

Crostini with Ricotta:

Butternut Squash

Roasted Grape



Arugula, Pecorino, Pear and Pine Nut Salad

Main Course:

Citrus-Marinated Crown Roast of Pork

Italian Bread and Sausage Stuffing

Fig and Port Sauce


Green Beans with Lemon and Capers

Fennel with Parmesan

Roasted Butternut Squash with Balsamic Vinegar

Pan-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Pancetta



Pizzelle with Lemon Marcapone

Marsala and Dried Fig Crostata

Thanksgiving 2014

13 November, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014


Martinis with Blue-Cheese Stuffed Olives

Cheese Board with Figs, Grapes, Nuts and Honeycomb

Honey-Drizzled, Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Pepper-Cheese Breadsticks

Crudité with Assorted Relishes

Apple Pecan and Feta Salad

Honey-Apple Vinaigrette

Parmesan Rolls

Brazilian Cheese Balls

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast Roulade Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Pecans, Dried Cherries and Figs

Pear Glaze

Pear Cider Pan Gravy

Cranberry Sauce with Port and Dried Figs


Tuscan Bread Stuffing with Goat Cheese, Dried Cherries and Prosciutto

Garlic, Herb and Parmesan Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

Sweet Potato and White Cheddar Gratin

Gruyére Mashed Potato Puffs

Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes With Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Salt and Straw’s Pear and Blue Cheese Ice Cream

Thanksgiving, 2013

3 November, 2013

Here it is: Pretty much the only reason I use this blog anymore:


Black Velvets



Beer-battered green beans and olives with Drop Top Aioli

Crudité and assorted relishes

Assorted Hard and Soft Cheeses

Crackers with Bacon Full Sail Amber Ale Jam

Black Pepper, Parmesan and Workhorse IPA Bread

Honey Maple Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale  Bread

Urban Farmhouse Saison, Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Dip

Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout Candied Pecans


Pear and Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Widmer Hefeweizen Vinaigrette

Widmer Hefeweizen Honey Rolls


Rogue Hazelnut Ale-Brined Turkey under a Bacon Blanket

Onion and Rogue Hazelnut Ale Gravy

Quick Wit Cranberry Relish

Homemade Whole-Grain Ninkasi Total Domination Ale Mustard

Red War Ale and Apple Stuffing


Fat Tire-braised Rosemary Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Roasted with Bacon and Black Butte Porter

Ace of Spades IPA Brussels Sprouts Hash


Guinness Hot Chocolate

1554 Pecan Pie

Rogue Chocolate Stout Stout Chocolate Pudding

Thanksgiving Menu 2012

19 November, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 Menu

Appetizers and Snacks

Shrimp Chips

Crispy Wontons

Pot Stickers

Hundred Corner Shrimp Balls

Lantern Dumpling sauce

Sri Racha and Wasabi Deviled Eggs


Drinking Vinegars: Ginger, Cranberry, Satsuma


Asian Beer


Green Papaya Salad

Pork Salad with Lettuce Cups


Hawaiian Bread


Thai Roasted Turkey

Nuac Chom

Cranberry Satsuma Relish

Sticky Rice Stuffing

Peanut Gravy


Corn with Fish Sauce Butter

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Curry

Scalloped Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Chiles


Coconut Tart

Green Tea Fortune Cookies

Tea-Poached Pears with Tapioca Pearls and Satsumas

Lemon Lemony Lemonlicious Lemon Curd

12 June, 2012

I like lemon curd. I use Alton Brown’s recipe.


First, juice and zest all the lemons. (Or, like 5)


This is my zester.

Then, beat the egg yolks and the lemon juice and the other stuff together.


And cook it like it’s hollandaise. Then take it off the heat and put an absurd amount of butter in it.



And then you got yourself some sunshine in a jar!

Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

10 June, 2012

ImageChop 4 cups of strawberries


Mince about a cup of jalapeños.

Then have jalapeño fingers all freakin’ day because you didn’t wear gloves.

Toss in 7 cups of sugar. (Mmmmm…sugar)


(Looking at this made me want to make candied jalapeños).

Cook it until the sugar melts, then run the submersible blender through it. If you don’t have a submersible blender – or if you (unlike me) are capable of planning ahead, you can mash the strawberries before cooking them.


Once the sugar melts, add a package of pectin and do the usual jam thing – boil the hell out of it for a couple of minutes, toss into sterile jars and process for 10 minutes.


It’s freaking DELICIOUS! I don’t know that I’ll go back to straight jalapeño jelly. The kids don’t like it, but they are wusses.

Thanksgiving 2011

9 November, 2011

Taking a break from my regularly scheduled nothing to present you with this:

Thanksgiving 2011

Breads and Little Bites

Zanahorias in Escabeche – pickled carrots, onions and peppers

Pico de Gallo

Guacamole Taquero

Homemade Tortilla Crisps

Cheddar Jalapeño Corn Sticks

Homemade Pepper Jelly

Cumin Rolls

Chopped Salad with Corn, Avocado and  Honey-Lime Dressing


Adobo Turkey

Red Chile Gravy

Cranberry and Roasted Pineapple Salsa

Cornbread, Green Chile and Pine Nut Stuffing


Roast Mixed Vegetables with Ancho Butter

Camote – Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime Syrup

Corn Pudding

Potato and Poblano Chile Gratin


Cranberry, Tequila and Cream Cheese Tart with Cornmeal Crust

Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Lime Cream Frosting

As you can see, I’m going strictly New World this year. A lot of Mexican and Southwestern flavors coming together for what I hope will be a superstar amazing family dinner. What’s your Dinner shaping up to be?

Thanksgiving 2010

13 November, 2010


Blue Cheese Shortbread with Cranberry-Chive Roulade

Scallion Cheese Puffs

Hazelnut and Blue Cheese Spread

Crudité and Relish Tray


Savory Herbed Sour Cream Muffins

Black Pepper Biscotti

Dinner Rolls


Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion and Toasted Hazelnuts


Herb-Brined Roast Turkey with Pear-Port Glaze and Pear Gravy

Cranberry Sauce with Roasted Shallots


Pear, Prosciutto and Hazelnut Stuffing

Carrots with Shallots, Sage and Thyme

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

Yukon Gold Potatoes Mashed with Rogue Smokey Blue Cheese

Scalloped Onions, Leeks and Shallots


Pear and Hazelnut Tarte Tatin

Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake

Pear-Cranberry Jellies


Obligatory End-of-Year Blog Post

31 December, 2009

Happy New Year!

I can’t say I’m completely sorry to ring 2009 out, but it has been a year of food revelations and yummy treats. This went from all-purpose blog to food blog to food blog I forget to update for enormous stretches of time. Our family went from eating out of bags and cans (figuratively – we use plates…most of the time) to filling bags and cans with food!

We made our own cheese, canned tomatoes, pickles (and more pickles). We made mixed berry, blackberry, cranberry, jalepeño and basil jams. Brandon became a master baker of many, many pies, and he made killer ketchup.


Most surprising of all, Adventures In logged nearly 11,000 visitors this year! I’m shocked, befuddled and amazed. I’m humbled and more than a little confused.

I’m pleased as hell. So thank you. Even if, like almost half of my readers, you only dropped by to learn about some really big pizzas.

Thanksgiving 2009

2010 holds great promise, and among my resolutions is “better blogging” – so many of our adventures go unreported…and I know people are dying to know EVERYTHING! We’re looking forward to more baking, canning and cooking, but also to renew our DIY spirit…which for me drifted away a bit in the fall. More needlepoint! More sewing! More crochet! I’m hoping to get the older boy in on more of the activities, and am expecting great things from Mr. Adventures In in the coming year.

And I hope you, whoever you are and wherever you are, have a marvelous 2010 full of amazing adventures of your own.