Giving Thanks Soiree

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Today is my favorite day of the year!  It’s a day that represents what I love most: family and friends coming together over healthy home cookin- amen!


This year was a little different than my past 27… my mom has decided (to my pleasant surprise) that it’s time to pass down the turkey torch to me.  I am so thrilled to be able to carry on our family tradition of hosting dinner for 20+ family members, neighbors and friends.

I hosted my first Thanksgiving for 15 Italian friends when I was 19 living in Milan.  I didn’t have an oven so I’d jet across our courtyard  and up three flights of stairs to my friend’s apartment to baste the turkey.  Just imagine a little American carrying a turkey through Milan, sigh.  So, this year in my parent’s kitchen and with my mom’s expertise it’s going to be a walk in the park.

I want to mention how I’m able to sit at my computer and enjoy a trail run on Thanksgiving morning and not stress that company will be walking through the door in an hour… The secret to stress-free hosing is

PREP ladies and it’s what I teach in my cooking classes! Yesterday my mom and I (plus pops was a huge help too!) prepared everything.  All we have to do today is throw things in the oven.  I’m telling you, I won’t even need to get out a knife today if you can beleive it or not.  Hosting a dinner for 20+ people should not be stressful, it’s something to be enjoyed and loved.

I will post the recipes later, but here’s the menu:

Wishing everyone a wonderful thanksgiving.  I am so grateful for all of the kind, loving and supportive people in my life.


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