Thanksgiving dinner take 1= success

I blogged on Sunday about having a Thanksgiving dinner with friends on Monday night! I am happy to report that the dinner was a huge success!! As mentioned in the previous post, everyone brought a little something to the table, and I must share that everything was delicious. After dinner we enjoyed dessert (ice cream and pie) and the boys played RISK, while I blogged, and Amber made bubbles and squeak (an English traditional meal to be made the day after Thanksgiving)
 above is the spread for the evening.. A break down is below....
Chris prepared the Turkey and while it was his 1st time, he did a decent job carving it.
 Chris's room mate David whipping his mashed potatoes!
 Chris and Britain's homemade Macaroni and Cheese (recipe from Joy of cooking)
2 cups (8 ounces) elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter – divided plus extra for greasing pan
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups whole or skim milk
1/2 onion, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 1/4 cups grated sharp Cheddar or Colby cheese, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

Bring 6 cups water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to rolling boil in medium saucepan. Add macaroni and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and put in large bowl.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Stir in onion, bay leaf and paprika. Simmer gently, stirring often, 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf.

Stir in macaroni. Pour half of mixture into greased, deep 1 1/2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with half of remaining cheese. Top with remaining macaroni and remaining cheese.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in small skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top of macaroni.

Bake at 350F. until bread crumbs are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 Pumpkin and Pecan pie (Chris and Amber's favorites)
 a mini apple pie just for me (no one else wanted apple)
 Amber made sweet potato casserole and Broccoli Casserole
 I made my FAVORITE green bean casserole
 I made stuffing with celery, onions, etc (left) and Amber made stove top (right)

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