November 30, 2009

Sunday Supper

November has come to an end already. I cannot believe how quickly time is flying suddenly. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. It was 80 degrees, sunny, and warm. Just perfect.

We spent Saturday morning perusing the fresh vegetables and fruit at our local farmer's market. Everything was especially beautiful. Fruits and vegetables this time of year are so vibrant and aromatic. On Sunday, I was lucky to be joined by my lovelies for a dinner party. (The christening of our new farmtable!) We went Mediterranean and started with some marinated olives, almonds, hummus, and pita. The salad was made with arugula and pears, and tossed in a pear champagne dressing. The spiciness of the arugula paired beautifully with the sweet, crisp pears. We also devoured a sundried tomato, artichoke heart, and feta cheese tart, and tahini mashed potatoes. The tahini added a fabulous hearty flavor to the potatoes. The night before, I brined a turkey in apple cider and a blend of spices. Before roasting, I stuffed it with fennel, sprigs of rosemary, apples, lemons, and oranges. We paired it all with many, many bottles of wine. Give the friends one mission, and they will deliver ;)  For dessert, honey almond ice cream. It.Was. Divine.

Homemade dinners are delightful and so are my friends. Some of us might or might not have left the dinner in pain. Oops! Happy mistake?

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