Thanksgiving recap

Thanksgiving was a little crazy this year, but we managed to have a really good dinner by the end of the day. Harper had been sick all week, so we were pretty stressed out and sleep-deprived by Thursday. It was hard to get all the cooking done since she didn’t want to be put down.


She looks a little out of it here.

But by the afternoon she seemed to finally be feeling better and we all got to eat together. Thank goodness we decided to stay home this year!

These are the recipes I used:
Smothered Pork Chops from the New York Times (half recipe)
Haricot vert with shallots from Smitten Kitchen (lots of butter, skipped the tomatoes)
• Mashed potatoes, similar to the ones in my shepherds pie recipe
Dad’s sweet potato pie from Joy the Baker

We also had some champagne mixed with apple juice, which actually tasted really good and seemed perfect for a fall meal.


I failed to finish that pork chop. But I sure tried.

The pork chops are so, so good. After they’ve cooked in their own gravy for 2 hours they become fall-apart tender. I ended up spending way too much money on them at the Berkeley Bowl, but oh well. It was a special occasion.

I also thought the pie was a home run. The crust was probably the strangest pie crust I’ve ever made. You mix in oil and milk to the dry ingredients and press it into the pan so you don’t have to roll it out. The result is almost like a shortbread cookie.

The recipe is for a 10-inch pie, so I had enough leftover from my 8 or 9 inch pan to make an extra little pie. Sadly, I broke my favorite pie pan while I was washing dishes. I guess I will just have to buy myself another one.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. I am totally in the Christmas spirit now!