Happy Thanksgiving friends! In the 11 years since I've lived away from Canada, I've always hosted or organized some sort of Thanksgiving celebration. Typically, I would host a dinner and invite other Canadians to share it with me. This year Thanksgiving crept up and surprised me. I didn't realize it was Thanksgiving weekend until yesterday. I didn't have enough time to round up any fellow Canadians, and I don't eat meat, but I tried anyways to cook something appropriately themed.
roasted sweet potatoes with fresh rosemary and kosher salt
mashed baby red and yukon gold potatoes with roasted garlic
spinach and butter lettuce salad with roasted beets and toasted pecans
oven poached salmon with fresh ground pepper and lemon
sage and cranberry crusty bread
The bread was the show stopper, although the potatoes with roasted garlic were also amazing. My friend Lynnette taught me how to make this bread last week, and I've already made three loaves.
I have never made bread this beautiful before, and I bake bread often. It's a no-knead bread similar to the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, or Jim Lahey's of Sullivan Street Bakery, but I prefer it to both. Pretty, right?
Dessert was noticeably absent from my menu since I'm taking inspiration from Emily and limiting my sugar to just one day a week (Sunday). With all the other yummy food I made, and the bread in particular, I didn't even miss the sweets.
What was on your table this Thanksgiving? And more importantly, what are you most thankful for? My family, my religion, and my friends top my very long list. And by the way, thanks for reading! Emily and I are having a nice time blogging here, and we love that you share this space with us.