My aunt, uncle, brother and I spent 5 hours on Friday doing prep work for the big meal! It's a lot of work to put on an event like this but it's so much fun and it's good to have excuse to gather the family together! We had 26 guests this year so quite the big group! My brother and his family came from Chicago as they had to see what it was all about; I have a feeling they'll be back for future events!
|Even Anna, one of our youngest guest, donned an apron for the event!|
The event went on as planned, though! We started off with our usual cheese course. This year I purchased a Minnesota-shaped slate cheeseboard because when you love Minnesota as much as I do, it's something you need!
|Spiced nuts, crackers and cheese all lined up for our guests|
|Our signature drink was a hurricane, which was dangerously good!!|
|Phil and I!|
|My mom, aunt Barb (aka Julia Child aunt) and I|
|My sister-in-law Emily and I!|
|Po'boys assembled and ready to cut.|
|The servings were small as we had so much other food ahead!|
The main course was a boudin-stuffed turkey breast, rice & beans, and collard greens. I had never heard of boudin but it's a sausage that is made with rice in it. And just in case there wasn't enough food on that plate, we also included a serving of andouille sausage that was also in the beans. My brother made both the boudin and andouille sausage, with the help of my aunt and uncle, and it was so good! I had never had collard greens before but they reminded me of a cabbage dish my mom made when we were growing up.
After the main course, we took a bit of a break before serving dessert as everyone was so stuffed at this point. That break gave us the perfect opportunity to take our annual "apron photo." My brother is the guy in the chef's outfit!
|So many cool aprons!|
We served the bananas foster on buckwheat crepes that my cousin's girlfriend's mom had made. She's a retired French teacher so knows a thing or two about French cooking! We topped the dessert off with my sister-in-law's homemade vanilla ice cream. It was soooo good!!
And there you have it! Another successful event! I wonder where Julia will go next year? Only time will tell!