A New Angle (literally) on Thanksgiving

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A whole week after Thanksgiving weekend, I’m finally here to share all the fun and yum! I got to spend a laugh-till-your-stomach-hurts Thanksgiving with both my family and my in-laws, and it was just a huge blessing.  A family-oriented weekend indeed, and that’s really what I believe the holidays should be if we have the opportunity to.

As always, I’m looking for new insights and things to learn even in the midst of the ordinary. During our Thanksgiving dinner, I broke out my Nikon camera with our new 35mm 1/1.8G lens and started clicking away. Thanks to the tips from my professional food photographer uncle (Thanks, King!), I was able to capture some new angles of food photos (family photos can’t be posted, sorry!). Here’s what I took, with the exception of the last and above photos.

Starting with the star of the dinner…

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oven-roasted turkey! Deliciously marinated by my mom and aunt, it was one of the best turkeys I’ve ever had. Turkeys aren’t easy – most of the time, I hate the fact that they are so dry. But this one? Seriously moist with flavors and everyone wanted more. Of course we took some home afterwards and made a killer leftover meal.

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Asparagus.  Can’t have a meal without the greens! These were carefully ridded of dry and old layers before being cooked with simple salt and oil. Talk about “made with love!”

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Baked stuffed mushrooms.  made with Panko, cheese, parsley, garlic and olive oil.

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Broccoli rabe.  Like I said, we need our greens! 🙂 Makes you feel a little less guilty about all the carbs and goods.  (or does it…?)

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Crabcakes. Quite the popular one!

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Scallops.  Pan-seared, of course.

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Shrimp. I forgot what this was marinated with but I believe it’s tossed in olive oil and basil.  Thanks to my hand model aunt for this lovely shot 🙂

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Oven-roasted lamb.  LAMB?? Oof, I can’t stand the gamey taste of lamb, but I actually ate and liked one for the first time.  That’s one heck of a seasoning, I’ll tell ya! May I have more?

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And you can’t have a meal without the serious carbs from pasta. Served with pineapple-sausages, this one hit the spot.

I had so much fun taking photos and getting picture tips as we bonded over every moment with the family.  Then the next day, we had a lovely American-style dinner with my in-laws, and of course… I did not make it. haha. Hubs did all the main cooking while I cooked up the quinoa side. A Gordon Ramsay-inspired crispy salmon dish on a bed of parsley-chives mashed potatoes. Served with a side of mushroom and onion quinoa.  How did I do with this picture after my mini photography lesson? 🙂

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Now that Thanksgiving is past, the holidays sneak up really quickly on us! With lots of events and good things coming up, you’ll be hearing from me soon! As always thanks for reading and have a wickedly awesome week! xoxo

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