A Friendsgiving Feast




It is Saturday November 14th and it is Jimmy's annual Friendsgiving bash.  He hosts a Thanksgiving-esque celebration for all of his friends.  We gather round the tv, watch football and eat lots and lots of food.  Lots of unhealthy food that is. I tried to throw in some healthy bites: insert organic grapes and whole wheat crakers.  My efforts were sadly in vain as you will see.



Although, Jimmy did buy an organic turkey from Wholefoods. Check!

 


Depsite some organic herbs and vegetables here and there the rest of the food is completely butter and cream laden.  But what would life be like if you didn't let yourself be bad every once in a while? 
The turkey is in the oven and it smells heavenly. I would bottle this smell if I could -- fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemon, onion...mixed together with olive oil and turkey juice!!  Ohhh....how I love Friendsgiving.  And the great thing about today is that two weeks from now we get to celebrate the real deal.

Skip ahead to today, Sunday November 15th. I stopped writing mid-post yesterday when the first set of friends arrived. It is better now to be writing and reflecting upon the meal. It was absolutely amazing! 
Here is the menu:


-Turkey stuffed wth Bell's Stuffing (Jimmy's favorite), roasting atop onions, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic, shallots and carrots.



-Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/ fresh chives (involved roasting a whole garlic w/ olive oil, which was mashed into the potatoes!)



-Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread (Barefoot Contessa -- Oh, Ina Garten, this cornbread was the best I have ever had!)
-Cranberry pineapple sauce
-Roasted Brussel Sprouts
-Green beans sauteed in garlic and olive oil.
-Parmasan Crisps




And for dessert:

-Apple Crisp (Barefoot Contessa) --sadly no photo :(
-Pecan Pie (Gourmet --the last issue)



-Pumpkin Pie (Gourmet-- the last issue)
-Birthday cupcakes (Magnolia Bakery Cookbook) Golf Inspired--thank you Martha Stewart! Claire baked these as well as the apple crisp...these were delicious!!!  



Unfortunately, everyone was a bit too full to enjoy more than the apple crisp, which was fantastic!  We enjoyed it a la mode (alamodee as Jimmy's friend Ryan likes to say) with Haagen Daaz FIVE Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  One brave soul, Eric, powered through a piece of pecan pie and another, Ryan, the birthday boy, enjoyed 3 plus of his delicious birthday golf inspired cupcakes.
It was a meal to be proud and now as Jimmy and I sit on the couch with some Sunday coffee and leftover cornbread....I am planning a trip to the gym and a week of healthy detox eating!  On my agenda for the week -- baking some Feel Full vegan muffins and 3 visits to NYSC!!  

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Welcome! My name is Christine and I have landed here to share my love of healthy living and eating. I live in NYC where I am currently enrolled in the School of Integrative Nutrition. I am already certified as a holistic health coach and I have started seeing clients to help them reach their wellness goals. I started hot mama health to share the idea that it is fun to be healthy! Health is an adventure with endless foods to taste, exercises to explore, and challenges to meet! If you do not already feel this way, I hope that I can bring you into the light or at least stir a little inspiration here and there.
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