Giving thanks

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Ready for the feasting to begin

Drink, eat, and be merry!

Thanksgiving is one of, if not the best, holidays. All the others have been turned into merchandizing opportunities — cards, candies, flowers, presents, etc. But Thanksgiving remains largely a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate. Richard Cohen wrote a nice op-ed piece around this theme for the Washington Post (see sidebar)

Don carving
Don carves
guests
Guests: Don, Ken, Real (front to back, left) and Bret, Bob, Phil (front to back, right)

This year was my turn to host the dinner, at which the Brunch Bunch was joined by my friends Bret (yes, he's still here) and Don from Vancouver. Don volunteered for carving duties.

Menu

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Starters
Champagne
Cheese straws
Crudités with Dip
Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Main Course and Sides
Roast Turkey with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic
Southwest Cornbread and Chorizo Dressing
Mashed Sweet Potatoes on Rafts of Pineapple with Marshmallow and Pecan (Bob)
Classic Green Bean Casserole with French-Fried Onions (Phil)
Mashed and Baked Potatoes (Ken)
Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Mustard Seeds (Bret)
Giblet Gravy

Desserts
(Réal)
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Assorted Cheesecake Slices
Coffee and Alka-Seltzer