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Yesterday, my sister and her roommates hosted “Friendsgiving.” Everybody brought stuff, and she and her roomies made a turkey, which they named Rita. Naturally, there were many crude jokes made at Rita’s expense, but it was all in good fun.

This picture cracks me up for some reason

Rita was, of course, delicious. You’d never have guessed this was the girls’ first time roasting a turkey! 

We had quite the spread. I contributed homemade cranberry sauce, garlicky greens (based on this recipe—thanks to Raechel of the Rebel Grrrl Kitchen for the inspiration), and a red lentil risotto with roasted butternut squash & dried cranberries. 

I also have to give a nod to the pumpkin mac & cheese my sister made—so freaking good! I remember some of the ingredients because I helped make the sauce, but I would love the recipe! Hint-hint…

I tried to study a bit for today’s exam, but it’s hard sometimes to focus when you really want to just kick back with the people around you. Hopefully all the prep work I did last week will get me through. I stopped pressuring myself to get straight-A’s years ago (especially in biochemistry), but I still work really hard to do my personal best.


I had to head home before dessert happened, but I’m told my mom’s apple pie made an appearance. Here’s the recipe—it’s seriously one of the easiest, most delicious apple pies ever.

With a nice weekend (complete with lots of yoga, a poetry reading, and to-do list ass-kicking) under my belt, I’m ready to take on the new week—and a new rotation. Today is my first day of Ambulatory Nutrition. It will be weird not to be working in the hospital every day, but I’m looking forward to trying something different.

Do you do “Friendsgiving?” What are you looking forward to this week? 

8 thoughts on “Friendsgiving

    The Humble Foodie said:
    November 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I love the tradition of a Friendsgiving! I’m looking forward to reuniting with friends who have been living or trekking all over the country this week. Being home and playing with my dogs is pretty wonderful too. Happy almost Thanksgiving!

      Jess responded:
      November 20, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Same to you—I hope you have a lovely holiday : )

    raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen said:
    November 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    A red lentil risotto with roasted butternut squash & dried cranberries?????!!!!!! I want *that* recipe! Glad the FF was helpful. : )

    I am part of a Vegan Friendsgiving that is going on it’s 10th year anniversary! It’s pretty great!

      Jess responded:
      November 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

      That sounds like such a great tradition! Honestly, all I did was make some red lentil with a little extra water, added very slowly. It was seasoned with gram masala. At the end, I folded in dried cranberries and roasted cubes of butternut squash—super easy!

    Nancy Trim said:
    November 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    How wonderful! I need your cranberry recipe so for Thursday! HELP!
    XO, A.Noo

      Jess responded:
      November 20, 2012 at 2:15 am

      You got it : )

    Julia Catherine (@JuliaCatherineD) said:
    November 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm
      Jess responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait to make this!

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