October 16, 2009

Thanksgiving: the plan

Since this is the first year we're back in California--not to mention the first time we a.) have a real house since living in California and b.) we have a real table--I offered to host Thanksgiving dinner for us, my mom and step-dad, and my grandma and grandpa, plus any extra Marines who aren't going home. It's an odd holiday and most of them save up their money and leave to go home for Christmas. If you happen to live near a base, please consider adopting a few Marines/Sailors/Soldiers/any service member (or a whole unit) if you can. It's very rough to be alone on the holidays. But I digress.

Now, being vegetarians, this has always been a weird holiday for us when it comes to cooking. The first year we went veggie, we had vegetarian shepherd's pie as our main course. Last year, it was lobster tails. This year, we're actually doing the Tofurky route (if you've never heard of Tofurky before, click here). We're actually pretty excited to try it out.

My menu looks like this for now:

- black olives
- green olives
- tomatoes
- assorted cheese & crackers

Main Course
- Tofurky
- Turkey breast (for the carnivores)
- Cranberry apple potato dumplings
- Wild rice
- Stuffing
- Mashed potatoes
- Green bean casserole
- Gravy & cranberry sauce

- Homemade pumpkin & cherry pies (Jason's in charge of these--he makes a wicked pumpkin pie)

- Mulled apple cider
- Coffee
- Water
- Milk

I'm very nervous to host my first ever Thanksgiving dinner, but I'm also very honored. However, I'll definitely let someone else host Christmas! :)


  1. Oooh...That all sounds so yummy. Check out my blog. I wrote all about our Canadian Thanksgiving on it. I tried to adopt one of my mans soldier buddies, but he never called me back! Too bad for him though, it was a wicked meal! Good luck!

  2. good luck... thanksgiving really makes no sense to me down under... i would probably save up for christmas as well.

  3. Thanks for the well wishes girls! I was just telling Jason that I'm going to have to figure out how big a Tofurky is so I know what kind of platter I might need to serve it!


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