I hope everyone had a Wonderful Thanksgiving! I was just so busy lately. Coming home from an Amazing week-long cruise where you are constantly catered and the food is EVERYWHERE! 


Thanksgiving 2017 dinner

It takes me time to get “my act” together.  I was able to make a Delicious meal for my loving crew. Even though it doesn’t look like much on the table, the four of us were stuffed! 
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017 family
 
I still can’t get over the recent experience, THE CRUISE! Didn’t think it will affect me as much as it did. Will have to make a separate post with tips and suggestions and our overall experience. Stay tuned! 
 
Allure of the Seas family vacation
 
My Loving Crew aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas!!!
 
Allure of the Seas family vacation
 At one of the most AMAZING destinations: LabadeeHaiti !

My son couldn’t wait to start enjoying the Thanksgiving meal!  Since we like dark meat, I normally buy Turkey legs for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But since we came home just a few days before, I couldn’t order them in time, so Turkey’s thighs were the next best thing and so DELICIOUS! Next time, I’m making both drumsticks and thighs! 

How to make Roasted Turkey Legs

Since we prefer dark meat, Roasted Turkey Legs is one of our Favorite meals! Super easy to make, just takes time in the oven. I prepare Turkey Legs the same way as my Fall of the bone Baby Back Ribs!

Directions:

Season well with whatever concoction you have on hand. I always use Meat tenderizer (about 1 tsp), Garlic powder, Montreal Steak, Steakhouse Onion Burger, rubs, paprika.
 

The key to making them Tender is to Wrap well in a Heavy Duty foil. I do not add water as some recipes suggest, since when I wrap well the ribs naturally give out juice. You can leave to marinate overnight, wrapped, and just ready for the oven the next day!

Bake in the Preheated at 350F oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours
 
After they are cooked, open up, drain most of the juices, spread BBQ sauce, and bake Uncovered for an additional 15 minutes

Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 dinner

I hat to cut down my “To Make list” in half after realizing that presentation for each dish takes a lot longer than planned.

That part I didn’t estimate well. Still, we had more than PLENTY of food for our small crowd.

So GLAD that my in-laws, my family, are here and able to celebrate with us. I’m happy to see their excited faces. My mother-in-law LOVES my creations every holiday and walks away with enough food for several days.

She always brings her appetizing: Olivier Salad – a traditional salad dish in Russian cuisine and Chicken Liver Pate that is just like butter! So GOOD!

Thanksgiving 2017 dinner
It may not seem like there is much food on the table, but each dish is prepared with
LOTS OF LOVE!

How to make Salad Olivier

2 pounds potatoes, boiled, peeled, and finely diced
2 eggs, hard-boiled, finely diced
1 onion, finely diced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 small dill pickles, finely diced
1 cup canned peas
Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients and enjoy!

Decided to make Cornucopia this time – a symbol of plenty!


For the dessert, we had everyone’s favorite: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans and Raisins but, my son requested that I do one with Blueberries instead. So, I’ve just added two cups of Blueberries instead of cinnamon, pecans, and raisins. It was UNBELIEVABLY GOOD and didn’t last long! 

Thanksgiving 2017 dinner


Inside the cake, all these Blueberries! And I Love my Bundt Pans! 

 

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Since I had limited time to prepare another dessert, I thought Chocolate Truffles would be a perfect choice!

My son said that I need to sell these $10/piece, they were that good! The crew loved them!

We had 3 types: rolled in coconuts, leftover ladyfinger mix, and powdered sugar.

Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

How to make Chocolate Truffles Recipe:

Alessi Savoiardi Lady Fingers( 7 Oz)
Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (12 Oz)
1/2 Cup Nuts, used pecans
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. butter

  1. In a food processor, crush ladyfingers and nuts into fine crumbs. Set aside a couple of tablespoons to sprinkle on the truffles later. 
  2. Melt chocolate chips on low heat or in the microwave. Add butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Gradually add ladyfingers and nuts mix.
  4. Using a metal round measuring spoon or a small cookie scoop, scoop out balls and roll in your hands quickly.
  5. Make 3 dipping plates (or as many as you like) and dip the rolled balls.
  6. I had shaved coconuts, leftover ladyfinger mix, and a powdered sugar plate. 
  7. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  8. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to overnight.
  9. You can be as creative as you want to be with this recipe:    add a tablespoon of liqueur if served to adults,    place nuts or dry fruit inside your chocolate truffles,    or dip your chocolate truffles into the chocolate and refrigerate. 
  10. There is no wrong way to enjoy these delicious morsels!

Chocolate Truffles Pin

Looking forward to the Christmas celebrations!

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

These crowd-pleasing Chocolate Truffles are super easy to make with just 5 ingredients! Rich and smooth they melt in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • Alessi Savoiardi Lady Fingers ( 7 Oz)
  • Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (12 Oz)
  • 1/2 Cup Nuts, used pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp. butter

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, crush ladyfingers and nuts into fine crumbs. Set aside a couple of tablespoons to sprinkle on the truffles later. 
  2. Melt chocolate chips on low heat or in the microwave. Add butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Gradually add ladyfingers and nuts mix.
  4. Using a metal round measuring spoon or a small cookie scoop, scoop out balls and roll in your hands quickly.
  5. Make 3 dipping plates (or as many as you like) and dip the rolled balls.
  6. I had shaved coconuts, leftover ladyfinger mix, and a powdered sugar plate. 
  7. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  8. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to overnight.
  9. You can be as creative as you want to be with this recipe:  add a tablespoon of liqueur if served to adults,  place nuts or dry fruit inside your chocolate truffles,    or dip your chocolate truffles into the chocolate and refrigerate. 
  10. There is no wrong way to enjoy these delicious morsels!

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2 Responses to Thanksgiving Dinner 2017
  1. Beautiful and so artistic! Love all your beautiful and colorful dishes!


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