Is what I did for Thanksgiving! This year it was just the hubby and I for dinner. Our niece has a big family Thanksgiving meal at her house on the Saturday after Turkey Day so I knew we would be having turkey. It gave me a chance to change things up a bit.
Between my work schedule and the husbands travel schedule, I haven’t been spending as much time in the kitchen as I like. I find it very therapeutic, so I took the opportunity to spend the entire day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. We started with bacon and homemade buttermilk waffles.
Because honestly, a day that starts with bacon is ALWAYS a good day in my book! For lunch, I made a pot of pasta fagioli soup and paired it with a good old grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
Late afternoon, I put out a plate of cheese and crostini, I found a really awesomely sharp cheddar and a creamy brie. It was a perfect little bit to get us through the second football game of the day.
Finally, it was time for dinner. Our first course was homemade pumpkin ravioli. I made the filling in the morning and just before dinner, I made the dough. I picked up a ravioli maker from Williams Sonoma and it made my life so much easier. That and the pasta rolling attachment for my kitchen aid meant I went from a ball of dough to actual ravioli in under twenty minutes!
I made a very simple cream sauce, butter, cream and Parmesan cheese for the ravioli, they were amazing. I can’t wait to make them again!
For dinner, we grilled beef tenderloin steaks and asparagus, and I made twice baked potatoes. I even made homemade bread using my sour dough starter, I am telling you, I was in the kitchen ALL DAY LONG, and I loved it!
It is always good to end the day on a sweet note, neither the hubby or I are big fans of pie, so I made a caramel apple cheesecake instead. It was AWESOME!
It was a very relaxing, enjoyable day, which I think we both needed and for which I was truly grateful.