A Northwest Thanksgiving

Isn't it funny that we spend forever planning and prepping for the big Thanksgiving dinner, just to devour it in a few food frenzied minutes? If you are like me, it's still somehow totally worth it and the highlight of the day. It was a gorgeous Thanksgiving day here in Seattle, almost too nice to cook (we have been known to drop everything to go soak up the sunshine) but we kept focused and the end result was fantastic! Our tablescape was full of vibrant jewel tones of pink, cranberry and gold. I wanted something warm and colorful outside of the traditional Thanksgiving colors. I thought it turned out just beautifully! The menu centered around local ingredients so all of the yummy fresh oysters, kale, green beans, turkey and of course wine and spirits are thanks to our awesome NW neighbors!

Norwegian lefsa

Norwegian lefsa

You might notice one unfamiliar item that is a Thanksgiving staple in our house, lefsa: a traditional and tasty Norwegian potato flatbread. This year we took the easy route and just bought it pre-made but next year, its game-on to learn my husband's Grandma's traditional recipe and make it from scratch. Check back with me next year to keep me honest! 

You can see our full menu below, including the incredibly delicious desserts courtesy of our dear friend, George. I am suddenly feeling hungry and ridiculously thankful all over again! 

Beautiful flowers with vintage vases and pomegranates

Table for five

Yes, please!

{AMUSE BOUCHE}

Artisan Cheese and Meat Board (cheese from The Calf + Kid and charcuterie from BB Ranch Butcher)

Pacific Northwest Oysters on the half shell with cucumber mignonette

Grapefruit, Thyme, Lillet Sparkler

Argyle Sparkling Wine

{STARTER}

Butternut Squash + Caramelized Onion Galette

2013 Apex Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

{SALAD}

Quinoa Kale + Pomegranate Salad

2013 Argyle Pinot Noir

{MAIN}

Roasted Herbed Turkey

Classic Stuffing with London Plane Bread

Green Bean Casserole with NW Mushrooms + Onion Crisps

Truffled Mashed Potatoes 

Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel + L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Chenin Blanc

{DESSERT}

Pear + Apple Crisp with Goats Milk Ice Cream

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Grapefruit, thyme, Lillet sparkler

Sparkling wine and a cheese board - whats better?

I mean, my mouth is watering!

This galette was amazing!

This galette was amazing!

Beautifully browned turkey

Local oysters

Even Maggie + Oliver got a special Thanksgiving dinner

Even Maggie + Oliver got a special Thanksgiving dinner