Celebrating Thanksgivukkah Baltimore Style!
My celebration began Wednesday night serving up Natty Bohs while beer tubbing at Looney’s Pub! They know how to throw a good pre-thanksgiving party and it was so great catching up with old friends.
My parents hosted this year, so it was a bit of a busier day than usual. However, our day began as a lazy morning as it always does with the Macy’s parade and french toast casserole.
On the menu was turkey of course (which is probably the second best turkey I’ve ever had, due to the chicken broth my mom put in the bottom of the pan to ensure it stayed moist). My sister and I were like the professional basting squad, basting obsessively at least every 15 minutes. There was also cranberry apple stuffing, sweet potato casserole (made with brown sugar and pecan topping not marshmallows), mashed potatoes, our polish staple of sauerkraut and polish sausage (which is amazing mixed with mashed potatoes), tarragon broccoli, and my grandma’s specialty of peas and dumplings.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah last overlapped in 1888 and it won’t happen again for another 77,798 years so Colleen brought some gelt. We don’t have any ounce of Jewish in us, but we figured why not try to appreciate the culture since it was the second night of Hanukkah?
It would not be a holiday for our family without more dessert than we know what to do with! Fenwick bakery provided a lovely coconut cake. My grandma’s famous cheesecake of course was a hit as always. But I think what stole the show was an apple crumble pie with candied nuts on top.
My night was complete with some Baltimore football. Despite Emmanuel Sanders’ completely disrespectful jerk move of doing Ray Lewis’ touchdown dance in our stadium, the Ravens still came through for a win! It was like the whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie 🙂
I know this post is a day late (I still have not gotten the hang of blogging in real-time) but now it counts as a “Foodie Friday” post. I will have to post the recipes later and I may be working on adding a separate recipe page to this blog so stay tuned!
One thing I have have realized is that Baltimore has a lot of transplants (like people, not just kidney transplants). And I am so thankful that my family all lives in the Baltimore area so I did not have to spend the day traveling or running around. At times, I do take my family for granted, but have been recently reminded that I need to b’more thankful that I have them closeby.