La made the first three appetizers. Granted that the smoked salmon and brie were store bought she did a commendable job in the presentation. Everyone raved about the 2 kinds of bries. She also made cream of squash and apple soup which I don’t have a picture of.
Audrey made this really pretty and colorful mixed salad greens topped with duck confit, mandarin oranges, raspberries and pecans. I loved this salad!!! I just wish there were more duck.
duck confit salad
La made Ina Garten’s smashed sweet potatoes recipe.
smashed sweet potatoes with apples, mashed potatoes
I think my most favorite were these ham and cheese scones that La made. She made it the day before and froze it. She just baked it an hour before dinner. The scones ended up tasting more like biscuits but either scones or biscuits I love them both. Luckily we kept some scones in the freezer and had them for breakfast for the next few days. (what Cohen diet? ;p)
ham and cheese scones
May brought these huge stuffed peppers.
Kuefang brought mashed potatoes and the Thanksgiving favorite, green bean casserole topped with fried onion strips. This was my first time for me to try this dish and now I understand why it was the only dish that was demolished that night. Even the kids attacked this dish even more than the mashed root veggies. It was really rich and creamy and the oven crisped French’s onion rings was perfect with it.
green bean casserole
My one and only contribution was the stuffing for the turkey which was inspired by MarketManila’s post. I will post the recipe tomorrow. It was a big hit! I personally really loved it.
wild mushroom bread pudding
La bought the cornbread and cranberry compote from Whole Foods. This started my love affair with cornbread. Luckily regular cornbread either by pan or by slice was always available in Whole Foods and I was able to buy several during my stay in Virginia. (another Cohen no no!)
I was surprised that La bought a really small container of cranberry compote. She guaranteed me that it will be more than enough. I couldn’t believe that it since I love cranberry jelly which is what we can get in Manila. When I tried this compote it was really, really sour. No wonder nobody ate it. I’m sure if we served canned cranberry jelly it would have been wiped out.
Thank goodness the pies were store bought and didn’t provide temptation to me. I did try a couple of pastries Sha bought in Cairo. Surprisingly they weren’t too sweet.
apple and pecan pies, Egyptian pastries
The part of the evening I enjoyed most was when the guests beelined to the cabinet where La stored her take out containers and helped themselves with the leftovers. Some were so methodical in their packing that I just stood there and gaped in awe. Thankfully there was enough left for us to enjoy for a few days.