Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Are you stuffed to the gills?? Enjoying leftovers??  ๐Ÿ™‚

I had an amazing Thanksgiving.  We served over a hundred folks at the hotel where I work and everyone left stuffed and happy, including me! I’ve been working as a Line Cook on the savory side of things, so it was actually fun this week to work on desserts again.  I did about 30 pies and a variety of mini desserts. 

“Hello! I’m a Sea Salt Caramel Upside Down Apple Pie.”  

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As hard, stressful and exhausting as it can be to work in a tourist town, with its ‘all or nothing’ ebb and flows, it really is rewarding to be a part of a team that helps to create a person’s vacation experience.  I mean, if I still lived in a big city and got to ‘go up to the cabin’ for a quiet holiday weekend in a gorgeous ski lodge-esque resort, huge fire going with a romantic view of the lake, I would be over the moon!  And then to eat a super delicious Thanksgiving meal there??? It just really makes me happy to be a part of it.  ๐Ÿ™‚

“Hey y’all! I’m a cherruh pa!”

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It’s always interesting to work in the food industry during the holidays.  They tend to be a blur!  You prep like crazy the week prior (months even), plow through the holiday and before you have a chance to watch ‘Home For the Holidays’ (best movie ever!!), you are already prepping for Christmas.  It’s kind of insane.  People that love food THAT MUCH to do this full time are nuts.  A rare breed, indeed!

“Vhy, hello deer!  Ve’re Gingerbread Stout Cake vith Lime Cream Cheese Frosting.”

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“And we’re pumpkin pies.  Don’t forget about us.  Write that down. Pumpkin pies. If you forget, everyone will hate you. You will ruin the entire day. We’re important like turkey.”

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“Yes, we’re made with dark rum. We hate that question. It’s for enhanced flavor. We’re not party animals. Oh my God, is she really posting the picture like this?  This is irresponsible. We’re gonna have anxiety…”  

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“Hello, mon cherie… Je suis une chocolate brownie weez espresso ganache.”

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“And we’re the Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Mandi sprinkled us with sea salt!  It felt so nice!!!”  

 

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“What?  Oh, gosh! I get another picture?  Wow! Well, I wasn’t expecti–“

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“Pecan Bars.  Dipped in chocolate.  Fleur de sel. Bout it.”

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Prior to Thanksgiving, I got to do an event for our local theater.  It’s not something I’m doing full time but is fun on occasion for a good cause!  Here are some of those treats… ๐Ÿ™‚

“Um, hello.  We’re failed pistachio macarons that Mandi turned into Pistachio Mexican Wedding Cookies because, um, pistachios are expensive.”

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“I’s Eez-a Venetian Cookie.  Eez-a Thee Italian-a Flag-a.”

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“First of all, BORN FREE. WE are PROUD to be liberated from the can.  Second, we are Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a gingersnap crust and a bourbon white chocolate ganache.  We are nothing like our Pumpkin Pie mothers.  Seeds don’t mean we’re weird.  And we’re PROUD of our drizzle.”

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“Candy Apple Pies, man… If only she’d deep fry us, stick us and sell us at the fair!”

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“I’m, like, Oprah rich. Like, seriously.  Salted caramel on the bottom, peanut butter mouse and dark chocolate ganache finish.  And then, like, an almond italian shortbread crust?  Get you’re nails done first, ladies.  That’s all I’m gonna say. Oh yeah, we’re Caramel Peanut Butter Mousse Tarts.” 

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These treats are A LOT but I love them all.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

This weekend I’m going to be sharing my go-to Sugar Cookie recipe with you!  Just in time for CHRISTMAS!!!  ๐Ÿ™‚  ๐Ÿ™‚  ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mandi

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