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A thanksgiving spread

The thanksgiving dinner table

Amid all the joy, love and cheer at Thanksgiving the one big thing that stuck out for me at my first thanksgiving here in the US was this: it’s an onslaught of food but don’t give up. Just imagine sitting at a large dinner table so full of food, that you can’t even pass the dishes around. The experience was so gastronomically fulfilling that since Thursday, I have not felt the need for a full meal and I and haven’t cooked since.

We were at Kat’s place (of @Logistikat fame 🙂 ) up in Snohomish. She generously extended an open invitation to join her family and friends for a potluck thanksgiving dinner, and five of us; Sam, Jon, Mariana, Flair and I showed up. Everything was homemade and the menu for the night: a spread of 11 dishes, karaoke and 4 desserts (not to forget mulled spice cider, wine and beer). It’s hard to pick a favourite when there is competition bite after bite. Dinner was served at 5:15 and it went on till 7:00pm, before we rolled in to the living room for some karaoke which would help work an appetite for dessert. I suspect the melodious voices coming out of everyone could’ve been due to absolute satisfaction with the food or the fervent anticipation of pumpkin and cheery pie that was to follow. In any case, it was a wonderful night, and with a menu as the one below one couldn’t help but sing its praise.




Green Bean casserole

Sweet potato casserole

Mushroom risotto

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Cheese sauce

Boiled broccoli

Chicken tikka,

Rice cakes

Deviled eggs




Pumpkin pie

Whipped cream

Cherry pie

Cake pops

Thanks a million Kat! It was a memorable evening…