All About Food

Thanksgiving 2012

Last Thanksgiving the Husband and I were in Thailand.  This Thanksgiving we were back at home, in the States, where Thanksgiving felt like Thanksgiving.  It was a gorgeous fall day with bright sunshine yet a hint of chill in the air.  The leaves were burnt oranges, reds and yellows.  And the smell of food and wine was in the air.  Quite a change from our Thanksgiving last year but incredible nonetheless.

This year my sister Erin hosted at her house in St. Helena.  In true Mulligan fashion there were many of us: Neelie, Bobby, Erin, Pete, Nicholas, Robert, Eamon, Diane, Jim, Katie, Corey, Prudence, and yours truly.  

It was so nice to be home and be with family for a wonderful meal, and what have I always said?  Food brings people together!

This Thanksgiving I was thankful for my family and friends.  After living abroad for almost 2 years in a country where the average Thai person makes 5 USD a day, things are quickly put into perspective.  Life is short and life is busy, so it is important to make time for each other and these family moments are so precious.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving 2012!  I know I did.

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The Thanksgiving table.

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The brined Thanksgiving bird.  Thank you bird for filling our bellies!

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If you know the Mulligan’s you know there will be a salad at every meal.  My Mom knows to put extra cucumbers for me!


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Roasted root vegetables.  This has become a staple at our family meals and I love to make them.  Carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, pearl onion, red onion and rutabaga’s.  Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven on 375 for about 1-1.5 hrs (test for doneness).  With about 30 minutes to go, add honey and balsamic dressing and toss onto vegetables.  Once cooked add crumbled goat cheese and serve!  YUM-O!!!

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Homemade stuffing.  Just say no to the boxed stuff! *message me if you would like my recipe*

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My plate, a little bit of everything! In my mad dash to eat everything, I missed a photo of my sister’s mashed potatoes with yams, yum!
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Nicholas, Robert and yours truly.  My nephews who are growing up too fast!
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A little dark but most of us.
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Baklava, My Mother-in-Law’s homemade sweet potato pie, and pecan pie.  Amazingly enough we all had room for dessert!
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My dessert.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream with espresso poured over.
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My brother + post meal = food coma.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and remember, don’t just wait for that 4th Thursday in November to remind yourself what you are thankful for!  There are 364 more days in the year to do that too!


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