My mother's family came for our annual post-Christmas gathering on Friday and my mom cooked another turkey dinner for the occasion. My plate, from the bottom left - turkey, candy cane breadstick, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and a yam in the middle:
Everything was delectable, even better than Thanksgiving dinner. This is one of my all-time favorite meals. I just love all the components together.
While we exchanged gifts we noshed on some cheese and crackers:
... as well as some olives and mozzarella balls marinated with spices and sundried tomatoes:
The turkey after it came out of the oven all golden-brown and delicious:
... and after my stepfather carved it. For longhairman - we ate some of the skin but most people preferred just the meat:
Everyone was very hungry by the time dinner was ready so I didn't take pictures of the individual serving pieces except for the candy cane breadsticks:
I love these things. The recipe is so easy - take refrigerated breadsticks and twist to shape into a candy cane. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan and dried dill. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 and you're done.
A friend of my mom's gave her two traditional Italian desserts:
... and we also had pumpkin pie: