Thursday, November 25, 2010

Foodbuzz 24x24: a hipster(ish) thanksgiving

Thanks to Foodbuzz (and a lot of help from friends & family), one epic Thanksgiving celebration is complete.

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From peeling 60 billion potatoes from Visser farms


to making chapbooks filled with poetry, art, and delish recipes [see menu here]…


it was a pretty fantastic time of eating and hanging out with friends and family.


This 24^3 event is titled a hipster(ish) thanksgiving because my hometown isn’t the most sustainable, food responsible city (but is growing!), and I consider it pretty hipster to eat local and organic food here.

I was really excited to support local farmers and businesses while creating an amazing meal and to share with my guests the importance of eating locally. Lots of vegetables were purchased from the farmers’ market…

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and we made homemade stuffing from locally baked bread from Ryke’s Bakery.


We also served bread from the Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery, which runs entirely on solar power. It was amazing.


I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make my own marshmallows for the apple mallow yams.


Perfectly toasted and delicious. If you haven’t ever made your own marshmallows, you should definitely give it a try.


We tried a few unconventional dishes since Thanksgiving is usually pretty starch-heavy, including kale with garlic and cranberries


apple slaw with local Michigan apples and cabbage,

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and maple roasted brussels sprouts.


My family has a tradition of having our guests sign a tablecloth each Thanksgiving (to be embroidered later). It’s really fun to look back and see how many holidays have been celebrated over the years.


Lots of new names were added to the tablecloth this year, so I suspect a lot of sewing will be going down later.


And let’s be honest…every great Thanksgiving meal ends with pie. Homemade apple pie is a definite favorite for most of my family.


But I prefer the always festive pumpkin pie.


The only thing better than pie is pie topped with homemade ice cream. A local and sustainable restaurant, Mia & Grace, supplied this homemade Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. Homemade ice cream trumps storebought ice cream any day in my book.


Some of you may remember Patrick’s guest post, and his freshly roasted coffee (as in roasted yesterday!) paired nicely with dessert. Attention coffee snobs: this is the best coffee you will ever drink. Get yours here, and support rural farmers in Honduras.


Although it’s been a crazy time since I finished my internship in May, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with good food + friends & family + supporting sustainability.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!



  1. Awesome Thanksgiving Em! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. What a great Thanksgiving! I love the chapbooks, and all the details. That bread looks incredible!

  3. at Amanda - we had two of their breads. The West Michigan Wheat and the Elbridge Parmesan Olive. The Elbridge Parmesan was gobbled up fast - what's not to like about cheese bread? But the Michigan Wheat didn't last long with leftover turkey sandwiches. Yummy!

  4. WOW! That all looks so amazing! I cant wait to check out the Brick Oven Bakery...thanks for the linky. Many Blessings to you and your family.

  5. homemade marshmallows - SO COOL! happy tgiving!

  6. Emily the food looks AMAZING!! I want to try that kale and cranberry dish. What a fabulous idea. and you made your own marshmallows?? Fantastic!! I want one!

    I'm so glad you had a good Thanksgiving. And hopefully Saturday is also god when OSU beats Michigan. RIGHT?!?!?

  7. I absolutely LOVE that you did a local/organic Thanksgiving! Wouldn't it be great if everyone did that?! It all looks delicious!!

  8. looks like my IDEAL thanksgiving

    hope you had a delightful thanksgiving filled with the most gratitude and joy!

  9. happy thanksgiving emily!! looks like it came together beautifully!! love that you made your own marshmallows...i need to make those asap!

  10. Looks awesome. I am curious about making homemade marshmallows. Does it need gelatin or can they be done vegetarian? I usually wait until Passover and get mine with fish gelatin.

  11. I just found your blog and I absolutely love it!! I will be back for more:) Your Thanksgiving meal looked AMAZING!!!

  12. I totally wish I was there! You made so much amazing food, I especially love the kale with garlic and cranberries. What a fun way to serve cranberries at Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving, it looks like you had a great one! :)

  13. This is totally hipster! I like that you sourced most of the dishes locally.

  14. i also did one for foodbuzz 24x24 and i must say i'm really impressed with the dinners and proud to have been part of this month's roster :) your thanksgiving dinner is totally amazing!

  15. Emily, happy belated Thanksgiving. Your participation in the foobuzz 24x24 is great; wow I had no idea about this function. btw, I really love those chaptbooks and am indeed curious about how to make them. take care!

  16. What a beautiful spread! I stopped to check your blog out after seeing your comment on the Hungry Runner Girl's blog. After seeing the mouthwatering food you created, I decided to be a "follower".

    (I'm a 36 year old full time RVer, runner and food addict :) LOL!)

  17. wow what an amazing spread and adorable family your so so sweet Rebecca

  18. such a great thanksgiving celebration! I love all those dishes! healthy, delicious and local~~~~ :)

  19. everything looks so delicious! and i love the tradition of signing the tablecloth. happy thanksgiving!

  20. wow! Those brussell sprouts are mighty handsome! I really want to join the Carlsons for T-giving so I can get my name on the tablecloth and maybe a flower someday, who knows!

    p.s. thanks for the warm wishes! I'm SO excited!

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  22. Since I live in Hawaii I'm still a bit confused as to what Hipster means exactly, but I guess in this case it means "people who make delicious food." Yum.

  23. I love that you had so many local ingredients and foods. That's awesome! Everything looks delicious, especially those marshmallows!

  24. Everything looks delicious and kudos to you for supporting your local products. We all should.

  25. looks fabulous Congrats on your proposal! nice job!

  26. Mmm! Everything looked so great! And what a FANTASTIC idea for the tablecloth! :)

  27. So many wonderful details. Congrats on 24x24 - I participated too, and also concentrated on local foods (harder to find than they should be!) Love love love the Thanksgiving tablecloth idea. I may have to borrow that idea starting next year!

  28. Looks deliciously amazing. Nice work, Emily. Now, if we had only been there to get a star added to our hands! :)


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