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Thanksgiving and Cheesecake Torching

Well, Thanksgiving 2011 is in the books and the feast may have been one of the best ever! I started my day with pie baking, a run and some yoga before setting up shop in the kitchen for the next five hours.

I love Thanksgiving. More so than Christmas. I love that the focus is more on spending time with family and preparing a delicious meal instead of the craziness of Christmas, parties, events and presents. This was our year to be with my family for Thanksgiving and there is nothing I love more than spending time in the kitchen with my dad. We received a round of applause at the end of the meal. It was a legendary feast! ;)

I was starving after my run so I immediately hit up the appetizers. We had pinwheels with prosciutto and gruyere and brie with apples, nuts and dried fruit. I ate this x3!

Sullie did her best to stay out of the way of the craziness in the kitchen and camped out under the table most of the day. Cute.

We had two different types of dressing. First was a cubed bread dressing with kale and pancetta. Loved the addition of kale in this dish.

Second was a cornbread dressing with sausage and dried cherries. I really enjoyed both of them and cannot pick a favorite!

Another highlight was our medley of roasted vegetables…carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions and golden and red beets.

My dad and Brandon did the turkey on the Big Green Egg and it was perfect, as always.

Around 4 p.m. the pups were banished outside and it was time to eat!

My plate. Cranberry sauce, turkey, both dressings, gravy, roasted veggies, brussels sprouts gratin and sweet potatoes. I’m not sure that I have words to describe how good everything was. I can’t even pick a favorite.

I burned off my meal by heading outside to finish my sweet potato cheesecake with marshmallow topping. I had way too much fun using my dad’s MAP torch to toast blacken (oops) the marshmallows.

A silly but entertaining video. I caught the marshmallows on fire at least five times. Patience is not a strong suit of mine. :P

The final product! This cheesecake turned out so well. The sweet potatoes were such a nice change from pumpkin. I did a gingersnap and pecan crust and drizzled caramel over the slices.

My dessert plate. Chocolate pecan pie and cheesecake. There was also apple cranberry pie and homemade vanilla ice cream but I just couldn’t fit it in.

I think this photo sums up how we were all feeling after our meal and dessert. ;)

I hope your Thanksgiving was delicious and full of friendship, love and family!

What was the best thing you ate!? (I seriously cannot pick. Think I’ll need to sample it all again!)

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{ 11 comments… add one }

  • 1
    Alaina November 24, 2011, 11:37 pm

    What delicious looking food!!

    The most delicious thing I ate for dinner was my mom’s sausage stuffing. So good! For dessert, I was so glad that my pumpkin coffee cake came out tasting so delicious!

  • 2
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate November 25, 2011, 8:39 am

    This looks like some tasty food :)

  • 3
    Sherry November 25, 2011, 8:41 am

    It looks like you had an amazing holiday! Your sweet potato cheesecake looks amazing!

    My favorite thing I had was my homemade pasta and corn spoon bread. I could eat those everyday.

  • 4
    Brooke @ sweats & sweets November 25, 2011, 9:56 am

    Your video is so funny! I have a mini torch my dad bought me when I graduated culinary school and I’ve never used it because in school I almost caught my coat on fire :-) but the best thing I ate was pumpkin pecan pie. Even had it for breakfast this morning!

  • 5
    Mahesha November 25, 2011, 10:45 am

    all those dishes look amazing! Marshmallow toasting looks real fun :) Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • 6
    Ann November 25, 2011, 10:56 am

    Random question but where are your boots from? I love them.

    • 7
      Jen November 25, 2011, 1:10 pm

      i got them like 6 years ago from the liz claiborne store, believe it or not. on super cheap sale!

  • 8
    Eva @LittleMissGymRat November 25, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Wow, those are some beautiful photos- and everything looks scrumptioussss! Sounds like you had a great, fulfilling (and I mean that food-wise as well haha) Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing :D!

  • 9
    Brittney November 26, 2011, 7:07 am

    Haha! I was kind of worried you would catch your hair on fire while torching the cheesecake!! Looks great though!!

  • 10
    Carrie November 28, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Peanut butter on anything!

  • 11
    Q. December 4, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Um, the cheesecake burning video is hilarious:) LOVE! I would’ve set the whole porch on fire…so you did pretty good I think!

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