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.
The Thanksgiving table.
The brined Thanksgiving bird. Thank you bird for filling our bellies!
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!
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!!!
Homemade stuffing. Just say no to the boxed stuff! *message me if you would like my recipe*
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!