Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving

I only made 4 pies and a costco sized potatoes bag worth of mashed potatoes (5 loads in the kitchen aid gives me new perspective of cooking for a crowd), and it took 7 hours to cook and prepare for dinner. Several of us were cooking all day because we had over 30 people for dinner.




We had tables outside and inside, and the outside ones got filled up first, obviously. This did make for a nice intimate dinner with the old standbys inside. The kids were entertained all day by each other and some nerf dart guns, and the rain held off until after we ate dinner and got all the food inside.


Naturally I focused on the food first, and people second. I really did not take enough pictures to give justice to all the people that were there. Hopefully Adam and Danny can help out with some more pictures later.

Here's Ethan trying for the heartthrob look (aka "teenage angst").


Whoever created the staple Thanksgiving foods really was the most genius person ever. So many perfect blends of sweet and savory on one plate.






We had 11 pies, but I remember a couple of years that there was at least 1 pie per person at Colleen's house on the beach, so I did not think there were even close to enough.

After dinner most people went for a quick session at Pounders; Minami, Amaya and I went for a walk in the rain; and when we got back I smacked down at Texas Hold 'em. Austin's friends taught us how to play last summer. Every time we play Ethan talks trash, Adam bluffs, and Tru throws all his chips in.  It's pretty fun.
Adam says that Thanksgiving is better than Christmas. I guess that's a challenge for Christmas dinner.

17 comments:

Metta said...

oh woooowwwww... Mariko, this post is amazing. I love the photos of the people and the pies. I wish there were one of you, but you get extra credit points for dressing up Amaya in the cutest apron ever. XOXO

mariah said...

thanks for the post :D those pictures are awesome. the food was even more awesome

Damaris said...

These pictures are out of control!!! I am almost ready to buy my own camera I just need to get paid fro the foodbuzz event and then I'll finally have enough $$$ YAY!

I love that last pie. what was it?

My favorite picture is of colleen b/c I know what she has under than pan Cranberry Jell-o my favorite Hunt food. Mimi made some too. So good.

Karen said...

Mariko: Thank you for this totally great post! I am there!

Yesenia said...

Yeah. And Mariko didn't mention that she spent a hundred bucks on her pie contributions. She's truly hardcore.

Mariko said...

Well, I didn't make 6 pies, so I didn't use the entire $100 worth of ingredients. I'm not sure the last 2 will happen at this point.

Kristina P. said...

It all looks delicious!

Kristina P. said...

It all looks delicious!

Karen said...

the people look fine as well!

Colleen said...

Thanks for the pictures. I like the one of me too! We feel honored to get to star on the blog, and on this day, which had so many contributors!!!

Colleen said...

And, Mariko's pies were worth every penny! Yummy!

Karen said...

natalie says the last pie looks extra good.

Colleen said...

Austin said Ethan looks like Jake, and he does in this picture! Pretty cool, huh!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh my goodness, that looks like a professional dinner from a Martha Stewart magazine. You go, girl. Especially with all those pies. They do take hours don't they. Now I feel even more embarrassed that I didn't make my own pies this year. I love all the photographic evidence. And Colleen looks bee-U-tiful. Good to see you again, Colleen. And Adam too.

LY!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh, and of course, Ethan and Paul too. Love the teenage angst. hee hee

sienna said...

looks fun. i totally miss hawaii thanksgiving. wish i could have been there. great pictures! kadin is getting so big too.

cailin said...

Are you kidding me?! Pies and awesome people galore. Man, I'm jealous and I thought our food was pretty good, too. Our pies were store bought though--Oshimas tend to be main course people.