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Every other year, we end up having two Thanksgiving celebrations.  (Being part of a blended family has it’s unique challenges come the holidays, but we always try to make the best of it!)

This year, instead of having two turkey dinners, we decided to have an Italian Thanksgiving dinner the day before Thanksgiving (when we have the kids with us).  It’s been fun planning the menu.  We’re going to get everyone involved … it should be great fun!   And, my sister and her family will be with us (down from Seattle) – so we’ll have a house full (which I always love!!)

Here’s a peak at our menu:

Before the meal (Antipasti):

  • Italian Salami, meats & cheese — from Claro’s, our favorite Italian Deli
  • Brushetta — haven’t decided on which type
  • Wine
  • Special Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail
  • Sparkling Cider — for the kiddos

First Course (Primi):

  • Homemade Gnocchi — Natalie & I are going to teach my sister & my neice how to make it
  • Insalata Mista – green salad

Main Course (Secondi):

  • Clams & Linguine — if time allows, we may make homemade linguine
  • Chicken Paillard — we may let the boys pound the chicken
  • Garlic Bread

Desserts (Dolci):

  • Tiramisu
  • Panna Cotta or Ricotta Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries

It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!   I’ll be sure to post any new recipes … Ciao!

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