It’s highly likely that the first Thanksgivings celebrated by the pilgrims in New England started off with fresh oysters, clams, lobsters and other fruits of the sea. If there were wild turkeys, they would have looked a bit like the anorexic version of today’s turkeys… At Sister’s thanksgiving meal last week, she started off the festivities with freshly shucked oysters and clams. If you weren’t a fan of seriously fresh raw shellfish, you could have hit this spectacular silver platter filled with cheese, fruit and crackers…
Sister’s Thanksgiving Menu
Raw Long Island Blue Point oysters and Peconic Bay Littleneck Clams served with a mignonette and/or fresh horsradish cocktail sauce
Artisanal New York State raw milk cheeses with crackers and Fingerlakes grapes
Salted and roasted pecans
Roasted turkeys and gravy
Sausage and herb stuffing
Smoked country hams
Spicy pear chutney
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Steamed green beans
Trio of beet salads: yellow, striped, and ruby
Northern Spy Apple Pies
Maple Bourbon Pecan Pies
Cheese Pumpkin Pies
Sweet potato Pies
NY Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
Vouvray dessert wine
Marketman at the stove of the semi-commercial kitchen at the nearby church hall that was rented for the occasion. I am the one in a white long-sleeve t-shirt that I was unable to change out of before dinner! I lightly burned my fingers (literally) a few times, but otherwise it was a fairly straightforward place to operate in…
A cousin of ours sliced up one of the hams…
…and while frantic kitchen efforts were underway, a couple of guitarists played for guests while they had their appetizers and drinks…
We managed to get the buffet all together and served “dinner” at roughly 5pm.
A photo of the homemade cranberry relish/compote.
And a shot of the pecan pie, one of four different types of pies on the dessert table.
A NOTE OF THANKS: Since I was in the kitchen and didn’t have time to return to the apartment to pick up my camera, I took absolutely NO PHOTOS of the dinner. Instead, I asked two of my nephews to take a few food shots. The first and last two photos were taken by Sister’s son, while all of the other photos are credited to another “nephew” who is a professional photographer, and this is his website, focalmatter.com.