] Dear members, [masked]) Still tentative, but here's the menu~!! ~Our Special Thanksgiving Menu 2009~ November 26, 2009 Maple Brined Turkey by Sally and Her Sons Accompanied by Giblet Gravy by Sally and Her sons Fennel and Garlic Encrusted Pork Roast with Ratatouille by Fabienne Grilled Pork and Beef by Art Italian Cheese Cups by Olivia Fresh Fruits Basket by Jeanne Roasted Corn and Arugula Salad in Honey Thyme Dressing by Joanne Caeser's Salad by Hiromi Warm Broccoli by Jeanne Glazed Baby Carrots with Pecans by Jennefer and Sally Warm Green Beans with Sage and Shiitake Mushroom by Jeanne and Sally Candied Sweet Potato and Praline Casserole by Sally and Her Sons Olives by Jennefer Mashed Potato Casserole by Edwardleegee Creamy Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto by Joanne Apple Raisin Sourdough Stuffing by Cristy Clark Corn Bread by Hiromi A spiced side dish/or caramel flan by Tiffany Cranberry Sauce by Jennefer Pumpkin Pie and A Seasonal Pie by Helen Other Sweets by guests Apple Cider Punch and Wine by Olivia Sauvignon by Tiffany Wine by Joanne White wine and Red wine by Jennifer Margarita by James ...........Getting better everyday!!! [:D] [masked]) ADDRESS INFO HAS BEEN SENT TO THE ATTENDEES ONLY. (TO ENSURE THE RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL, PLEASE REPLY TO IT SO THAT I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOU NOT KNOWING THE ADDRESS. HAPPENED TOO MANY TIMES! THANKS! ) Teena needed to cancel and this is what she was originally posting to bring: -Candied yams and a pumpkin pie or green bean casserole, or mashed potatoes or homemade cranberry sauce. Can anybody who haven't signed up with food bring some of them (I'll bring Candied sweet potato and praline casserole)? Thanks! I'll send the address now. [masked]) I've decided that I'd charge $12 per person if you like to bring yourself only without food. Please make a prepayment of $12 if that's the case, and if you'd like to bring food, please RSVP with food items. I'll update the list of food daily. If you have any problem with online payment, please contact me. The address information is going to be sent to the attendees who RSVPed with food items or payment only. (THE ABOVE PHOTO IS RICH'S 20LB BEER-BRINED BBQED TURKEY LAST YEAR, OF WHICH RECIPE I'LL POST SOON.) Sally ********** Making food plans for this meetup should start with our last year's Thanksgiving dinner at Rich's house. Please see the following menu of 2008. ~Our Special Thanksgiving Menu 2008~ November 27, 2008 [img]
] -BBQed Brined Turkey by Rich -Cornbread Dressing by Quinnette (Cornbread, onion, garlic, walnuts, raisins, cranberries and coconut) -Candied Sweet Potatoes by Rhonda (Sweet potatoes, cinnamon, milk, pecans and marshmallows) -Roasted Green Beans with Almonds by Sally, Thuy and Shirley (Green Beans and Almonds) -Broccoli and Spinach Casserole by Shelly (Broccoli, Spinach, Fried Onion and Mushroom Soup) -Mashed Potatoes and Gravy by Amy and Rick -Glazed Baby Carrots with Balsamic Vinegar and Honey by Sally and Shirley -Mustard Green and Sausage by Quinnette -Couscous with Fresh Cranberries by Nicole -Cranberry Sauce -Olives -Butter Rolls -Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie by Kim, Lorraine and Tim -Orange-Cranberry Sherbet by Rich and Linh -Apple Crumble with Three Kinds of Apples by Shelly -Wines and Refreshments Please read below for generous act of our member, Art, opening his house for our Thanksgiving dinner catered towards people who are without family or friends or who choose to get together with your fellow members :-) Tentatively it's scheduled as a potluck style, but I might charge fee later to cover for food, beverages, etc. RSVP now if you'd like to attend, and hopefully with the item(s) you can bring. Traditional Thanksgiving food, or any food actually as we're inviting 50 people! Will let you know more details later. Love, Sally ******************* Holidays are quickly approaching. It's time to reconnect with your family and have a good time together. But it could also be a tough time for people who have no family or friends. Last year I hosted an event at Rich's house to invite those "Thanksgiving orphans" and more than 20 of us gathered to cook up 16 dishes together. That was a very special event for me where we felt like one big family. But to be honest it was so much work for me (and the host), and this year the venue being unavailable, I wasn't thinking of having any Thanksgiving event in particular.
However, members have asked me if I have anything planned like last year, and I started to rethink. And the cooking meetup we had at Eugene's house last Sunday made me realize again how special it was for us to get together and have fun (thank you again, Eugene, for your generosity and hospitality!). We're from all over the world. Eugene and Mike from S. Africa, chef Maureen from Belgium, me from Japan, and other members from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and out of states like New York and Texas, too. Regardless of where we are originally from, we all felt bonded and that familiar feeling to me through organizing this group---warm, cozy, and fuzzy-- also pushed me further. It's always challenging to find a venue for any event, but my luck was again brought by one of my generous members. Art, who lives in Woodland Hills, kindly accepted my request and he's opening his house for us on Thanksgiving night! Thank you so very much, Art. He said he could take 50 people at his spacious house and since he's got his family celebration during the day, we could come over at 7pm. So, I want to do it as a potluck style this year (might be some cooking too). He's a good singer and has a piano, karaoke machine, and we can use kitchen and backyard grill, too. It was just this morning that I spoke to him and I wanted to post the event now to share this great news right away. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP now with indication of thing(s) you'll bring if you can. I'll think about how we'll do it more and let you know, I might need to charge some fee to cover some of the food items like turkey, but will let you know as soon as I finalize the details. The address is given later to the attendees only. When I heard him say yes, once again tears came down on my cheek. Over the years, I have come to know many members and friends who are dreadful of holidays because they feel lonelier without family or loved ones. I said to Art that he would have no idea how many people he'd make happy by his generous act. One more time, my wish was granted and I really thank God for bringing so many nice people into my life. Thank you all from bottom of my heart. See you on Thanksgiving night if you like, Love, Sally