There are already a few Thanksgiving threads, but I thought this one might synthesize some of what's going on.
We're hosting Thanksgiving this year (and for many more to come, I hope.) The weatherman says we can expect good weather, so we'll be eating on the patio. As our dining room isn't that big, that makes things a lot easier.
We're expecting 12, including a child and a "tween." Two of our adult guests are non-drinkers. Service will be buffet.
Our family situation has changed significantly over the past year, and we find ourselves putting together a newly blended group of family and friends. My goal is to observe some old traditions and create some new ones, by going with a fairly traditional menu (everything from dead scratch except the pita chips, crackers and sourdough),
Cutting to the chase, I'm asking for your reactions to my menu -- any suggestions or improvements -- as well as asking about your own plans.
Proposed Thanksgiving Menu
Choice of sparkling apple/cranberry juice or (shaken) Manhattans
“Marcona” style almonds, cheese, grapes, terrine of chicken liver pate with cognac and truffles (grilled slices of sourdough baguette)
Spinach and Artichoke dip, with pita chips
Spiced cheese with “Stoned Wheat Thins”
Cole slaw (sweetened rice vinegar/onion dressing), dried cranberries, blue cheese and pecans
Sliced avocado, lime juice, salt.
Giblet gravy (with smoked drippings)
Green Beans in beurre noisette with almonds
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut (NV)
Pumpkin pie with bourbon and pecans, served with Chantilly
Espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha or Mexican hot chocolate.