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Nov. 08 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Has Fins At Our House

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

Well, it had them, and perhaps a shell or two as well. Jim is an omnivore, but I’m a pescetarian, so when our first Thanksgiving as a couple drew nigh, we realized we’d have to come up with a holiday meal that would please both of our palates. Having been introduced to bouillabaisse at a wonderful (and, alas, now-defunct) New York restaurant called Le Bicyclette, I began dropping hints that the fabulous French fish stew might make a suitable feast dish. We searched the internet for recipes until we found one that looked especially yummy and could be easily adjusted for two persons, yet provide plenty of leftovers. Here’s a picture of the results from a couple of years ago:

Both of us are fans of pumpkin and cheesecake, so we decided that a pumpkin cheesecake would be a lovely, slightly non-traditional way to end the meal. We found something even better: dark chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, made from a recipe by noted chef Marcel Desaulniers. When we printed the recipe out, the pages kept coming… and coming… and coming! Even though I consider myself a pretty competent cook, I turned to Jim and said “guess who’s making this?” As an architect, he’s used to dealing with tons of complex paperwork. According to him, this dessert isn’t really that hard to make; you just bake two cheesecakes and put dark chocolate ganache all over them – yes, between the layers, too. Here’s a slice of the finished product:

What are your Thanksgiving food traditions? No matter what you’ll be eating on Thursday, November 22nd, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Dyana Neal


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3 Responses to Thanksgiving Dinner Has Fins At Our House

  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross says:

    Your meal sounds lovely! I could do this any other day of the year, but for Thanksgiving I’m a staunch traditionalist when it comes to my Turkey Day meal. Truthfully, my tastes run towards the low-brow.

    I want my turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes out of the box, and Stove Top is the only stuffing in my book. I want my cranberry sauce shaped like the can when it hits my plate, but I have been known to make an amazing cranberry chutney to go along with it. People can bring their yams and whatever other sides they’d like, or even toss a ham into that mix… but I have to have my favorites or it’s just not Thanksgiving for me!

  • Dyana Neal
    Dyana Neal says:

    Thanks! Ha, to each their own. I’ll ‘fess up to being a fan of traditional green bean casserole, although it’s been years since I’ve eaten the stuff. Perhaps for Christmas…

  • Mark Clark says:

    As a lifelong Baltimorean, I have heard of Thanksgiving dinners in far-flung cities and towns, dinners that do not include sauerkraut…but I recoil in horror at the thought of leaving out pickled cabbage! However and wherever, Happy Thanksgiving to all! We have so much for which to give thanks.

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