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It was a dark and grey afternoon...
The table setting was beautiful!
We had many cooks -- never too many. I think I've capturued them all in the rest of this document. Please read on.
We started out with Dan's Chestnut soup. Tyler had 3 or 4 bowls! Everyone loved it.
The salad course was the Shrimp and Watercress Salad with Hot Mustard Dressing from Sunset (Nov 1998). Here's a shot of Dan assembling the salad.
...and the final product.
Some members of the group moved on to the Fennel with Cambozola next. Some of us can't handle those moldy cheeses. This is a shot of the naked fennel.
Once we had the salads out of the way, we moved to the real "meat" of the meal. We weren't sure we'd have enough food until Diane noticed we were missing a couple of dishes. Anyway, we had two different turkeys: Turkey Loco and Hot Smoked Hicory Turkey. Both we're prepared on grills. Just to make sure we had enough sauces we had four -- Mama Stamburg's cranberry relish; a Cranberry & Myer lemon sauce; a Cranberry sauce with Tequilla & Grand Marnier; and the best of all (ok, just Mike's opinion) was the Loco sauce. Wow, that's a spicy sauce!
Dinner also included yams, green beans with duxelle sauce, acorn squash with Boursin custard, and a wild rice and Porcini stuffing. Unfortuantely the battery in the digital camera failed before we got pictures of everything/one.
The acorn squash before the Boursin custard...
The yams. (We've had those before.)
Several of these dishes were prepared by Betsy. Sorry I didn't get more shots of Diane. ANyway, here's Betsy at work...
This year we had many of the participants from past years and a few new faces as well.
Julie was here.
What a cute puppy.
Some of us went tree hunting Friday morning. Here are the proud parents of the little tree. It's all decorated by the end of the weekend.
And then there was the one with the big mouth...
Friday night we went to El Teatro Campesino presents La Virgen del Tepeyac. Here's some of us waiting for the doors to open...