i don't know about you guys but at one point during thanksgiving i was so full i thought i was going to die. seriously.
we went to rogray's sister's on the upper east side around 11:30am to begin the festivities. the babies were taking their nap so we all just hung out waiting for his dad, step mom, and grandfather to arrive. we decided to start eating. now what should we start with? how about rogray's now famous spinach artichoke dip?
i love spinach artichoke dip. it is a weakness of mine. if ever i am forced to eat at a place like this or this the only thing i will want is spinach artichoke dip. we've coined this t.g.i.rogray and it was a hit. about half an hour later it looked like this:
this thing was so popular that rogray has to make it at the twins' b-day party next weekend, our chrismukkah party in 2 weekends and again at christmas at his mom's. i couldn't be happier.
rogray's bro-in-law makes amazing cuba libre's:
so i had one to start the day. when rogray's dad and step-mom showed up with grandpa gray in tow they opted for red wine and antics:
after my cuba libre i discovered this toy. at first i was confused and a bit scared:
but then i realized it was awesome:
while the turkey was finishing rogray and pedro had a moment:
and gracie tried to think of other words to say besides no: she couldn't. but she's 2.
the bird finished and while bro-in-law moved it from roaster to cutting board holgray (apparently rogray thinks the middle sister wouldn't like to be called hogray even though i think it's hilarious!) carved it:
oh, and yes, these people cook their turkey with bacon on top. yummy!
we all settled in with an appropriate family member at the head of the table: and ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and some weird cabbage, vinegar thing that rogray family loves. i have what they call a "no thank you" portion of it.
after awhile we were ready for pie! holgray made maple pumpkin and rogray made apple cranberry:
we were very excited to get into the pies:
we decided you couldn't compare the two so they both won and when our plates looked like this:
we did some of this:
but not for long since the babies wanted to do some of this:
until they found this: which led to this:
it took 4 adults to clean up the mess these 2 little people made. but look at their faces. . .argh! so cute!!
after that the twins were pretty tired so we put them to bed, said goodbye to the parental units, cleaned up and hopped the train home. it was a very successful day of thanks.
but what was rogray's 10th cooking endeavor you ask? why. . .turkey tetrazzini of course!!!
ok. let me just say that i don't really like turkey. and i never thought i liked turkey tetrazzini. until rogray made it! he's a third of the way through his cooking project and it's pretty amazing how you can really see (and taste) the difference. he doesn't get stressed out while he's cooking anymore and when the cream sauce looked a bit thin he threw in more flour to thicken it -- without the guidance of the recipe!! now that's what i call cooking.