Hello all! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with family and friends! We traveled to West Virginia to see my uncle (yes, he's the goat gifter) . Luckily we made it home without any new farm animals, although he tried to send us home with a couple of roosters...
My aunt is a wonderful farm-to-table cook and we feasted the whole time we were there. They plant a garden every year and she cans the produce so they can enjoy it all year. Along with the traditional turkey, we had mashed potatoes (from their garden), green beans (from their garden), home made rolls (y'all - I'm not a big roll eater but these were SO GOOD!) and so much more. We also had 7 kinds of pie - apple, cherry, lemon meringue, peanut butter custard, pumpkin, pumpkin cream cheese and pecan.
All home made. All amazing. (ok, I didn't try all of them, but I know they were all amazing)
This time of year is a favorite for bringing friends and family together to reconnect and enjoy great food. Earlier this Fall, I worked with some very talented vendors to pull together some inspiration on hosting your holiday gatherings.
There are so many ways to host a meal that pays heritage to farm-to-table menus (even if you don't have a cellar full of canned garden vegetables). In Georgia, we are fortunate to have Georgia Grown to promote farm fresh state produce that you can find in local grocery stores. They have a wealth of great recipes all made with Georgia Grown produce you can incorporate into your meals!
The finishing touches are what set the environment. Beautiful vintage china and glassware, cloth napkins, personalized place cards - these are all places to start. Pull what you have treasured in your closets, ask family to bring some of your favorite pieces you have always admired and bring it together to create an atmosphere to celebrate.