Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions – as a self-proclaimed food aficionado and general lover of eating there is not much better than a holiday which revolves around these things! Since I’ve been outside of the States for more than six years and living away from home for another six, I’ve only spent a handful of Thanksgivings with my actual family, as tradition dictates, but have enjoyed a number of “Friendsgiving” productions that have been quite successful! Last year’s was particularly nice – with a number of people congregating at the Italian and my apartment in London. This year, however, I was lucky enough to fly back to the US to spend the holiday with my family – in Florida!
Sarasota, Florida was a nice meeting place this year for our family that is spread out amongst a number of cities. My aunt lives in Sarasota, and this fact paired with the sunshine and the beach made it a very attractive Thanksgiving destination location! My mom, sister and brother and I all stayed in a rented apartment one block from the beach and with a nice big dining table. We spent Thursday morning cooking our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. All the classics were there, and we also had a really nice green bean dish with Teriyaki sauce as a veggie side. My mom calls them “Fancy Green Beans”. J I’ll include this recipe as it was something new on our Thanksgiving table and it was very delicious!
Overall it was a wonderful Thanksgiving and we even got to end the holiday with a walk on the beach – a bit of a departure from our usual family get-togethers in Colorado where there is more snow than sand!
Fancy Green Beans
- 2 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
- ½ cup whole cashews
- ½ cup red bell pepper (julienne)
- ½ cup thin onion wedges (purple or white onion)
- 1 ½ lbs fresh green beans
- 2 T Teriyaki sauce
- 1 T honey
- 1 T melted butter
- 1 T lemon juice
- 2 T olive oil
Combine together the Teriyaki sauce, honey, and melted butter and put aside.
In large pot boil water, add 1 T lemon juice and 1 ½ lbs fresh green beans. Cook 3-4 minutes.
Drain beans and plunge in ice water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
Saute the red pepper and onion in 2 T olive oil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
Combine everything together. Can refrigerate and microwave before serving.
Our antipasti of cured meats, olives, and cheese.
Thanksgiving cocktails! Sparkling wine, white wine, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and fruits.
Sweet potatos with pecans and brown sugar.
The main event – Turkey!!!!!
Stuffing – yum yum
Our Thanksgiving table
And my Thanksgiving plate! So good.