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Turkey Day Menu

Chef AmandaA couple of years ago, some friends of mine had our own Thanksgiving. Man, we pulled out all the stops too. And yours truly roasted a chicken. Yup. That’s me. I’m still proud of my cooking endeavor. We cooked the chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, and sweet potatoes. And that doesn’t consider the desserts we cooked. We literally went all out. Cookies, cakes, brownies, you name it, we made it. It was so much fun and was probably one of the best nights of my life. While I haven’t spoken to these girls in a year or so, I still have the fondest memories of that night and of our friendship, no matter what happened in the end.

Although I live at home now with my mom and I know I could totally sleep all day and she’d have the meal ready, I love to cook Thanksgiving with her. There’s something about the cooking with your loved ones, laughing while making a mess, and creating a meal TOGETHER.

So this year I knew that cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her would be my way of saying thanks to my mom for everything that she has done for me. I mentioned earlier that I was having some troubles finding the dessert but I went to my friendly Bel Air and they gladly ordered me a loaf of challah bread so everything is good. Here’s my lineup:

Brie and crackers
Artichoke dip
Tomatoes and Olive salad
Roast Pork Loin with Apple Cider
Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This menu has been finalized, sealed. I was busy adding other things to it earlier this week, like possibly Cheesecake or a chocolate torte etc… In my mind, I thought the more the better, and I was trying to prep a huge, fantastic dinner, but you know what? Simplicity rules. Nothing too crazy because I don’t any more added stress, thank you very much. I might whip up some pumpkin bread in the morning because I do love pumpkin so much and me and my friends plan on grabbing coffee and hanging out together… But we shall see how it goes…

I just want to cook with my mom, drink some champagne, hang out with friends, and relax because the sweetest memories I have of the holidays are from the times when I spent it with loved ones. That’s what the holidays are all about, creating new memories and savoring old ones.

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