Fall, home cooking, spatchcocked poultry, Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving!


We’re in the last few days running up to Thanksgiving!  We are hosting once again this year and are so excited that the Hubby’s godchildren Molly and Max will also be joining us.  I love this time of year, and although there is a ton of cooking to do, I adore it!  The photo above is our table the first year Hubby and I hosted.  I made that table runner myself, and may use it again one year!

One of my pet peeves about hosting dinners is that I don’t like to have paper plates, plastic cups or anything disposable.  So we do it up right, for the 10 grown ups and 2 young ones, we have real plates, wine glasses, water glasses and the finest in Viking cutlery from IKEA.  It makes the dinner look pretty and feel like a real family dinner.  It was the tradition in the Lambert-Hennessey household, and so it is in our.

Our menu is below, mainly it’s from  my husbands family’s traditions.  I have however inserted a few new dishes, and a favorite or two of my own!

Thanksgiving at the Hennessey-Suliman House

  • Turkey (spatchcocked)
  • Mashed potatoes (with lots of butter and cream)
  • Sweet potatoes with Maxine’s special sauce
  • Marinated cabbage salad
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts (new favorite)
  • Roasted cauliflower with cumin and salt (new favorite)
  • Stuffing (outside of the bird)
  • Sausage stuffing by Allison
  • Roasted corn nibblets
  • Lime Bavarian
  • Fruit salad
  • Green bean casserole (from scratch)
  • Turnips and butter
  • Bread rolls and butter
  • Cranberry sauce (made weeks ahead of time with fresh cranberries)
  • Pilgrim bread (a Katy tradition)
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie (fresh pumpkin puree)
  • Tofurkey (for the Hubby)
  • Vegetarian gravy
  • Sangria (Keith’s delicious contribution)

It seems a lot, and it is, but it’s so fun cooking everything and prepping in the run up to the day!  This year we also have a tiny little table for the two small people joining us.  It’s just adorable!

How does your family do Thanksgiving?  Is there a dish I am missing here?  Share in the comments below!  And the very happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours.


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