Thanksgiving is a holiday that is only recently familiar to me. This year Roy and I hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new Brooklyn apartment, where we moved in a few month ago.

Since this was my first experience at curating the Thanksgiving meal, I was happy to have somewhat free reign over the planning of the holiday menu. I could plan without too many preconceptions or expectations.  Our aunt Donna brought roast turkey, gravy and stuffing to create perfect Thanksgiving foundation, so I wanted to serve non-traditional, slightly elegant side dishes.

We had several issues on a night before. Roy arrived home slightly inebriated, after celebrating the retirement of a friend from school. He came home in good spirits, but he was useless that evening as far as suggesting what to do with the overcooked sweet potatoes. He woke up early the next morning to attend to his responsibilities, and I ended up using them in dumplings. They made an excellent appetizer. Only my mom knew that it was supposed to be a Japanese style sauteed dish.

Our complete menu:


Tomato, Olive & Trout  Savory Cake
Parsley & Bacon Savory Cake
Edamame Cubes
Sweet Potato Dumpling

Side Dishes

Green Bean Shira-ae with Sesame Sauce
Pesto Mashed Potato Casserole with Beef
Daikon & Mizuna Salad with Yuzu & Pepper Dressing
Kielbasa(Polish Sausage from Donna)
Stuffing by Donna
West Indian Rice & Peas, by Rhonda, Roy’s sister

Main Course
Roast Turkey with Gravy by Donna

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart
Apple Clafoutis
Holiday Cookies

The edamame cubes were the most un-Thanksgiving food I had. My mom makes very nice ones, so I decided to offer them as an appetizer.  I knew it could be too new for some people here, especially for this day. But it they were eaten quickly!

* 200g(+/-) edamame
* 400ml  soy milk
* 80g sugar
* 5g poweder kanten (agar)
* pinch of salt
*water to boil edamame

1. Boil edamame beans in water with bit of salt. Remove individual beans from the pods, and remove the skins out of each bean. (See how to cook edamame, or you can use frozen soybeans which are already cooked)

2. Mix beans and soy milk in a blender until it forms a thick paste.

3. In a pot, add sugar and kanten to the paste. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until kanten is melted.

4. Pour into deep mold of your choice and let it cool in a refrigerator.

I had a clear plan for the very easy table decorations. Unfortunately my red maple leaves wrinkled up in the shopping bag. When I started to iron some cut leaves right in the middle of our finishing up time, Roy come by and he looked like he wanted to say something. I told him, “You married me! Deal with it.” He decided to take pictures instead of saying anything, and we didn’t talk about it until we finished the preparations. We both agreed that the table looked excellent.

This holiday meant a lot to both Roy & I since we had a fantastic time with lovely people.  ¡Gracias mi famila!