The Padrino Feast

November 23, 2010

Harry’s Godfather Ken (The Padrino) and I have been friends since first-grade reading group, where he regularly played Han Solo to my Princess Leia.

These days, the former six-year-old Rebel Alliance Member spends most of his time in Washington D.C., but last night, he was at our house. So we decided to cook everything in our field of vision…our primary target being these five loaves-and-fishes-esqe sweet potatoes that just wouldn’t quit.True story. I bought five gourds for $5 this weekend, and yesterday we made 18 meals out of them. I’m not saying these were well-balanced meals of green leafy goodness, but everything tasted really, really swell. Here’s what we did.

The Padrino Feast

Soup: Pumpkin, Barley, and Sage Soup (Recipe from October Better Homes and Gardens and Here)

Salad: Citrus-Walnut Salad (Adapted from a Recipe in November Southern Living. And here it is!)

Starter: Ancho Chilies Stuffed with Sweet Potatoes, Pecans and Garlic (Recipe here)

Main: Pork Tenderloin with Pumpkin Seed Sauce (Recipe here)

Side: Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes (Recipe from November Southern Living and Here)

Side: Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Risotto (Recipe here)

Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue (Recipe adapted from November Southern Living and Here)

And now, I will go walk five miles. And I plan to be thankful for each step.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  • Reply Janey November 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Wow-that is a feast …sounds and looks absolutely delish! Love you guys. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura November 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Janey!!! We needed you here. Come to Austin asap!

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  • Reply Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) November 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    YUM! I need that walk just looking!! 🙂

  • Reply James November 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

    It was good.

  • Reply Padrino November 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    It was more than good – it was SAWEEET! The highlights for me were the pumpkin seed sauce on the pork and the risotto. And the company, of course – the Mayes Abode in Kyle is wonderful and I can’t wait to see the results of Papa James’ bathroom remodel.

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