A Very Big Apple Nosh Thanksgiving

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Happy post-Thanksgiving Hump Day, Noshers!  Well, “happy” is taken with a grain of salt following a shortened work-week, isn’t it? Today I wanted to share some Instagram images of the Nosh family Thanksgiving.  Every year, my extended family gathers at my aunt’s place for a gut-busting meal of traditional Turkey-day dishes as well as our “fusion” Asian additions.  This year was no exception.  As is tradition, you can see in the first photo that my Uncle H is in charge of carving the turkey and the whole roast baby suckling pig (yes, we get a turkey AND a whole pig), much to the delight of the kidsters.

All the food is set up on my Aunt F’s kitchen island – I couldn’t fit it all in one photo, but you get the idea.  Clockwise from the left corner, that is Chinese mushrooms, noodles, turkey, mixed roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, the very edge of the container containing homemade Swedish meatballs, asparagus, cranberry sauce, roasted baby pig, hoisin sauce, and shrimp:

BigAppleNosh_Thanksgiving-4If that wasn’t enough food, we also have snack time (my favorite time of the day growing up…and now), including a fabulous cheese plate with crackers and fruit, chips, salsa, and a selection of cured meats. YUM.


Thanksgiving cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery made a surprise appearance:


But that was just one part of the dessert table, which included my Aunt J’s homemade ice cream (mixed berry cheesecake, mango), holiday cookies, more holiday cookies, monkey bread, coconut cake (still being prepped so not in the photo!), fresh whipped cream, pumpkin pie, and apple pie:

BigAppleNosh_Thanksgiving-3To make these ever MORE ridiculous, we usually have Thanksgiving dinner – but since my Uncle R was in town, we moved dinner up to lunch.  But if you thought that meant we skipped dinner, no way – that’s not how we do things!  The day involved lunch, dessert, dessert part two, snack, dinner and dessert part three.  Are you full just thinking about it? I certainly am!

Though it may be hard to believe, I am one of the weakest/lightest eaters in my family.  The disappointed head shake when my cousins realized I wasn’t getting seconds was almost audible.  But as you can see, the key to a Nosh family Thanksgiving is pacing oneself so you can partake in ALL the goodies. Can’t wait for next year!

What dishes does your family prepare for Thanksgiving? I love hearing about different family traditions!

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    December 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    My in-laws do a similar fusion meal for Thanksgiving – they are South Indian, so lots of fish, chicken, goat (my favorite), and vegetable curries. Plus cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc. But the Turkey is always American Roasted. Except for the year there was a roast turkey AND a BACK YARD IN A SNOWSTORM UNDER A FLAMMABLE TARP DEEP FRIED TURKEY. That was a great year.

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