School ended on Wednesday, with a trip to Magnolia’s Bakery for some cupcakes. The line was already around the corner when I arrived at 2:00. Headed home to marinate the turkey and get ready for a full-on cooking day for Thursday. Louise’s friend Kimmie came into town and I had a friend from class come over as well. For appetizers Louise made her famous Italian stuffed mushrooms along with baked Brie in a crescent roll. I had decided to make a Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast with Hazelnut Mole. The mole sauce was quite involved and had to be made four days in advanced, but was worth the effort. My second dish was a caramelized onion-potato gratin. Louise cooked up Martha Stewart’s Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples and Haricots Verts, Roasted Fennel, & Shallots. We also had a side dish of roasted brussels sprouts & cauliflower. Dessert was a bust- MarieBelle chocolate mousse. The whole evening was wrapped up in a giant recycling bin of 5 empty bottles of champagne! Everyone had a great time and Louise’s townhouse was officially broken in with her first holiday party.
After all that feasting, I had decided to take a break and head up to Rosendale, NY on Friday. I stayed at Sky Lodge and took a class on “Kitchen Wisdom.” The overall theme was bringing mindfulness to cooking. The small group shopped at a local food co-op and planned a meal for 16 people that evening. Why I thought cooking another big meal after Thanksgiving was a good idea, not so sure, but it ended up being a wonderful time. It was really nice to shop from local farmers and cook a meal for a group of lovely people. The lodge is embedded in a hill, nestled up to a river and couldn’t have asked for a more serene atmosphere. I slept like a baby and throughly enjoyed waking up to snow on Sunday morning.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I miss you all!