We had a nice Thanksgiving weekend with my parents and brother here in Chicago. My parents arrived on Wednesday in time to walk with us (in the cold!) to pick up our pies from Bang Bang Pie Shop. (And to have a biscuit while we were there.)
We ate lots of yummy things while they were here, many of them from Smitten Kitchen, my favorite food blog and cookbook.
For instance, cranberry orange breakfast buns. We ate this on Thursday morning while we waited for David to arrive.
Martin consulted Mark Bittman to spatchcock our turkey. This was our first time doing it this way, and it was really easy and just as quick as promised (45 minutes!), but I will say that some of the ceremony of roasting a big bird and having to wait 4 hours while it bakes was sort of lost. As Otto pointed out, it sort of just felt like a regular dinner, not like the usual more celebratory meal. That was also due in part to the fact that we didn't even have to start dinner until so late in the day that it all felt a bit off. We also got involved in a board game instead of all hanging out together in the kitchen all day (and then we had to break up the board game halfway through in order to have dinner).
But anyway, here's Martin and the turkey.
Butternut squash and caramelized onion tart. Delicious! This was probably our favorite part of the whole meal, and it was just the appetizer. We ate it around 3, which left us not all that hungry for the usual feast.
And a beautiful sweet potato roast, which is actually the only Smitten Kitchen recipe I have EVER made that I did not LOVE. It was good, but it wasn't Thanksgiving.
Cranberry sauce, also using a Smitten Kitchen recipe.
A toast to family.
On Friday, we took the train downtown to see the David Bowie at the MCA. It was an excellent show, just as everybody says. It took us almost 3 hours to go through it (not the 90 minutes that the museum said it might take), so everyone was exhausted at the end, but it is not to be missed. So good that we might even go back.
In line, almost ready to enter.
We had a pretty low-key Saturday, mostly just hanging around the neighborhood. We took a walk to Palmer Square and then to Logan Square to City Lit Bookstore.
Martin made all sorts of amazing cocktails all weekend long. We had a Sazerac on Thanksgiving Day, since it is the oldest American cocktail. We had Stanley Cocktails, in recognition of my dear and departed Uncle Stanley, and we had Negronis. Martin picked up some fancy cherries (Bada Bing), which we tried to put in as many drinks as possible.
On Sunday, we took David to Logan Hardware to peruse the music selection and so he could show us how amazing he is at old school games.
Yep. That's his high score on PacMan.
It was a nice and quite weekend and we are extremely thankful to have family we not only choose to hang out with, but actually really like being with. We are really lucky.