28 November 2011

Our First Thanksgiving

Doug and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a married couple this past weekend. With our work schedules, it was difficult for both of us to make it "home" to see our families. Luckily, my mom and dad were able to make the trip out to Chicago and help bring some family time to us! Nice! I couldn't imagine a Thanksgiving meal without my mom's stuffing. Thanks, Mom, for teaching me how to cook it this year! We managed to create a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for four in our small kitchen (with only one oven... I know, can you imagine)!?!

2011 Thanksgiving Menu

Deviled Eggs
Shrimp Cocktail
Antipasto Skewers
Doug's Cocktail Meatballs
Hot Mulled Cider with Brandy

Roasted Turkey
Mom's Gravy
Dad's Mashed Potatoes
Mom's Traditional Stuffing
Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole
Cranberry, Fig and Pistachio Chutney
Doug's Autumn Salad
Relish Tray

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
with Brandy Whipped Cream

Don't worry... I'll post some of those recipes soon so that we all can refer to it next year. Other than cooking, we had a jam-packed weekend!

Parade on State Street

Ice Skating in Millenium Park

The Bean

We went to Girl and the Goat! Every single bite was DELICIOUS!
Yup... that's us with Top Chef Stephanie Izard.


  1. What a fun Thanksgiving! I can't believe you got to meet Stephanie! We went to The Girl & The Goat a few months back and it was wonderful! What did you order? And please share your recipes!

  2. What a great weekend, Becky! Dad and I had so much fun with you and Doug! Sara, we had amazing food, including the fried naked cowboy (oysters), roasted beets, steamed mussels (amazing and huge!), goat chorizo flatbread, wood oven roasted pig face, and coconut braised pork shank. I think that's it...Becky? So yummy, can't wait to go back!

  3. Sara, it was seriously SOOOO delicious! I want to go back! When you come into town next, we should go!

  4. we spent TG in Chicago and it was fabulous. SO PUMPED you got to try girl and the goat! I went back in August and LOVED it--one of my favorite restaurant experiences to date!

  5. Natalie, it is one of my new fav restaurants too! I felt like I was a judge on Top Chef!!!