Gourmet Group Shares a Thanksgiving Dinner Together

 A little info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.


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Last November, our Gourmet Group gathered at another couple’s home to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner party together.

Here’s look back at our evening.


Autumn colors set the scene of her table…

fall or Thanksgiving tablescape

Thanksgiving /fall taable ideas

Center candles…

fall/autumn table ideas

Table Details

Pretty monogrammed turkey linens at each place setting…

thanksgiving table ideas

Sweet turkey napkin holders…

thanksgiving tablescape

How cute is this Tom Turkey candle votive?

thanksgiving table ideas


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Even though the menu wasn’t the usual feast (nor thankfully the calories) that Thanksgiving Day usually brings, the meal was still bountiful in flavor!

Cocktails & Appetizers

We were put in charge of preparing both appetizers since one of them was just cheese, sausage, and crackers.

Our hosts found a picture on the internet of a cheese and sausage platter shaped to look like a turkey, and asked us to make our appetizer similar to it.  I never saw this idea before, and loved the creative nature of it.

My “Turkey Shaped Cheese and Sausage Platter” creation:  A craisin for his wattle, cloves for his eyes, and pieces of cereal for his nose and legs…

turkey shaped cheese and sausage platter

Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls


After we sat down to dinner, but before we starting our next course our hosts shared a Thanksgiving Table Prayer with us – it added a very special touch to our meal.Thanksgiving Prayer at the Table

Autumn Chopped Salad

Even though this salad has autumn is its title, this salad would be delicious anytime of the year with ingredients such as bacon, chopped pear, cheese, and dried cranberries.

Autumn Chopped Salad


Roasted Butternut Squash & Zucchini

Roasted Butternut Squash & Zucchini

Herbed Wild Rice & Quinoa Stuffing

Herbed Wild Rice & Quinoa Stuffing

Grilled Turkey Breast with Lemon and Basil

Grandma Millie’s Cranberry Relish

Sometimes I get so engrossed in the conversation, fun, and the delight in eating that I forget to take photos of the food:-(


Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

Nothing like a cobbler dessert in the fall…

fall dessert ideas - Pumpking Pecan Cobbler

Thanksgiving Blessings to You & Yours…

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