We enjoyed a wondrful Thanksgiving with our friends Lyn and Bob in Charleston. We were joined by Lyn’s grandson Zach, who is 18 and a new friend Charley, a woman, and other friends Lola and Glen. Charley was a chef and owner at her own restaurant for 15 years in Charleston, Lola runs a cigar and hookah store and Glen is now a tour guide in Charleston but has had several other very interesting jobs. He is a big Civil War history expert so I love picking his brain about the history of the area. Zach came from MN about a month ago and is looking for a part time job (supposed to be starting next weekend at a real estate office) and trying to find a school program that he likes.
Bob had an apple theme to the meal with hard apple cider we brought back from N. Carolina to start things out, cider basted on the turkey done in a roaster and a delicious stuffing with sausge and apples. Two suprising recipes were the brussel sprout coleslaw and cranberries with a significant amount of djon mustard. Both very good. Sides included mandarin orange lettuce salad, sweet potatoes with pecan topping , mashed potatoes, wild rice and of course gravy.
Bob showing off the brussel sprout slaw.
For dessert in addition to pumpkin pie we had pear crisp with candied ginger. Out of this world. I think it was one of the best Thanksgiving menus ever. They sent home enough leftovers for four more meals for us.
Add in a the bottle of hard cider, bottle of white wine, several bottles of Beaujolais nouveau that we brought down and a bottle of port and you have the makings of a special holiday. After dinner there were also cigars for a few people out on the screened in porch. I just kept the smokers company. No cigar for me.