Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 - The Nguyens

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Holidays are a great time to reflect and appreciate.  Also a great time to share an exorbitant amount of food with your loved ones?  The Nguyen side of the family does occasionally enjoy turkey, but on the rare occasion that the majority of us could get together for a big meal, we usually choose our favorite offerings to share with one another. 

I chose to bring lamb chops.  My dad or brother threw them on the grill until medium rare.  I had marinated them in soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, fish sauce, lime, and mint.  They're a real treat for the holidays!
My brother Huy "Brian" brought a prime rib roast.  It was done very well with rosemary sprigs over indirect heat for a long, slow time period until the thermometer registered 130 degrees.  He rubbed it with black pepper and garlic beforehand. 
When you separate the bone part of the prime rib roast and the beef part of it, you will have some beef ribs.  Then you have the rest to slice.  You need to let it rest for about 30 minutes.  We mixed some wasabi with some mayonnaise for a sauce.
We also had some great crab stuffed mushrooms...
Then, creamed carrots and potatoes.  Just add 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of milk, bring to a simmer, then let the vegetables absorb all the creamy milk and buttery goodness.
Roasted veggies are so easy:  add olive oil, cover with aluminum for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then uncover for another 20 minutes, and then remove.  Sprinkle some shredded asiago on top.
Then add a tender, crumbly dessert with very little sweetness that I found that I could eat a hundred slices of.....
My sister Nhu brought this coffe cake from Desir, a bakery in Plano.  It was sooooo good!!  I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I know that although a few people were missing, my Thanksgiving was everything I wanted it to be.  Filled with peace, love, and yummy food.

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