There are so many things to be thankful for this year. My girls are happy, healthy, and loving their school and friends. Our hot dog shop, Dobbs Dawg House, is growing with another store and catering service. I am enjoying my consulting work and starting my entrepreneurial venture. My relationship with my husband is getting stronger each day. My life is not perfect but I feel blessed for all that’s within it.
As with all Thanksgivings in the past, I ate two Thanksgiving dinners. My Aunt hosts a wonderful dinner at her home in Long Island on Thanksgiving and a couple days later, my mom cooks a dinner of her own. She started this tradition because she always spends enough money to get a free turkey from the grocery store and believes in a lot of leftovers. Her turkey came out perfectly. I don’t think the picture does it justice.
We all help make dinner. It takes a small army to get the dinner on the table.
Our holidays are a mix of American and Chinese. This year my mom included Lobster Cantonese in our Thanksgiving dinner.
We ate dumplings for appetizers.
Here was our Thanksgiving dinner. I’m going to do some close-up pictures of my favorites.
I love lobster, especially Chinese style.
Homemade cranberry sauce. Perfect with turkey.
My brother is a foodie, he went to cooking school at the French Culinary Institute and is always eating at these fancy restaurants. Green bean casserole is his favorite dish at Thanksgiving. I don’t know how that can be but it is.
My mom’s stuffing is requested at both Thankgiving dinners.
We have to have greens at the dinner table. Chinese leafy green vegetables sautéed in garlic.
And of course mash potatoes. I don’t need them to be fancy…just potatoes, milk, and butter.
My sister made an apple pie for dessert. I made vanilla ice cream for the pie. I let the girls eat ice cream cones before dinner because the ice cream was so good.
Here was the Thanksgiving spread at my Aunt’s house. I couldn’t get all of the dishes in one photo. I still can’t believe I ate another Thanksgiving dinner after this.
As much as I love the food at Thanksgiving, my favorite part is spending time with my family. On Thankgiving day we ate appetizers with my in-laws. My brother-in-law, Chris, is entertaining the kids with a fireman puppet. We were watching a replay of the Thanksgiving Day parade on the TV.
This is the kids table at my Aunt’s house. Since I have my own kids, I can’t sit at this table anymore. I miss it.
Mike and my Baby before my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The Dumpling Mama xo