Do you know friends who are divorced with no kids or family on the holidays?
That’s what this Thanksgiving was all about. Supporting our friends who needed us on this holiday. My friend Christina and I decided we would make the feast, give the chef a break from cooking and share with our friends who needed support and love.
We divided and conquered the menu together.
Appetizer of Bacon wrapped Elk tenderloin – Chef
Turkey – Christina
Gravy – Chef (Christina bought jar but the chef didn’t like that idea)
Stuffing (German Style) – Christina
Sweet Potato Pie – Christina
Cranberry Sauce traditional – Christina
Serrano Pepper Cranberry Sauce (Mexican) – Christina
French’s Green Bean Casserole – Me
Mashed Potato’s – Me
Chunky Pecan Bars – Me
Pumpkin Pie – Christina
Apple Pie – I donated blood and they gave me a free pie.
Choke Cherry Merlot (Colorado) Vincent Winery
Cesar Bloody Marys’
Ménage Trios – California Red
Ménage Trios – Pinot Noir
Cupcake – Pinot Noir
I wanted to burn some calories on Thanksgiving morning so I hit Gold’s gym at 5:00 am with a friend and did combat, back home for a 2 hour nap and then hit my gym for Kick It at 9:00 total of 1,065 calories burned!
If you don’t have a gym open I bet you could find a Turkey Trot 5K to burn some calories. I chose Kick It instead this year because it’s a lot warmer in the gym and I burn more calories than running a 5K.
Let the festivities begin!
Christina and I started prepping for the big meal the day before. This is probably my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Hanging in the kitchen drinking wine, laughing and catching up with my friend.
Do you peel your celery? Christina does!
We set the table, made stuffing, cut the potatoes, made Serrano cranberry sauce, drank more wine and invited guests over to join us!
The Thanksgiving appetizer just so happened to get eaten the night before Thanksgiving. Very delicious, can’t beat fresh elk tenderloin wrapped in bacon “its a taste of heaven.” We also had artichoke dip and homemade meatballs and sausage.
Three bottles of the Thanksgiving dinner wine were consumed before the big dinner. I only tasted two of the three because I had to get up at 4:15 in the morning for Combat!
Ménage à Trois
Fancy a little splendor in the glass? Turn down the lights, turn up the Barry White and uncork the Ménage à Trois Pinot Noir. When it comes to affairs of the palate, we’ve always felt that three was much more fun than one, so we played matchmaker and brought together grapes from three distinctive California wine growing regions known for producing exquisite Pinot Noir. Clarksburg grapes add bright flavors and a lovely perfume, North Coast grapes add silkiness, and Central Coast fruit rounds out the blend with beautiful complexity. Enhanced with French and American oak, our Pinot Noir’s is sure to have you waxing poetic. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
This was an ok Pinot not one of my favorites. I probably wouldn’t buy it again. If you like oak you will like this Pinot.
Ménage à Trois
Even if red wine is not your speed, give our Ménage à Trois Red a try. This wine exposes the fresh, ripe, jam-like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Ménage à Trois Red brings together three strange bedfellows.
On top we’ve got Zinfandel, a saucy tease that brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship. Merlot, with its generous mouth feel and red fruits, fits perfectly in the middle. The rich flavors and firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon make it the ideal.
I love this wine! It’s a great inexpensive blend.
I bought the Cupcake Pinot Noir because I love the Cupcake Red Velvet Cake wine.
“Our Pinot Noir has the aroma of cherries that carries through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spice. It’s reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis.”
What a fun night with friends! We laughed and laughed and laughed! Definitely a night to remember!
What do you do on the eve of Thanksgiving?
On my way home from the gym I called to see if the bird had made it to the oven after the party the night before. Christina has only cooked a turkey once before. She told me she could only find the neck in the bird and had it cooking on the stove for the gravy. I thought it was strange that there were no giblets in a fresh turkey. Oh well no biggie the neck will make great gravy.
We arrived and started the dinner with Bloody Mary’s. I like mine Cesar style.
Cesar Bloody Mary
Kettle One Vodka
The oven timer went off and the bird was ready to come out! Looks magnificent!
When we started cutting into the turkey guess what we found? Yep! The giblets!
Wine with dinner was a Choke Cherry Merlot from a friend of ours vineyard.
Everything was excellent! My favorite sides were the sweet potato pie and the green bean casserole. What is your favorite side?
After a few hours of football we had dessert and then I was stuffed like the turkey!