Monday, January 16, 2012


Right before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I received an invitation to Friendsgiving hosted by my fabulous best friend Sarah.  She wanted to make sure we devoted an evening to celebrate the joyful season, not with family we are born into but with the family we choose... our friends.
The hostess-with-the-mostess Sarah and my two other besties MariKate and Lauren

Sarah did a beautiful job setting up her city apartment for this gourmet feast.  She rearranged her living room so that hosted one long elegant table furnished with 20 lovely place settings.  Seriously she busted out her Martha Stewart skills to create a scene we will always remember as our first Friendsgiving.

Now to help feed the masses we were each responsible for bringing a dish.  In addition to Sarah's chicken tetrazzini, we devoured a gorgeous salad, "crack potatoes", broccoli casserole, pieorgis, Polish sausage and sauerkraut plus some apps and desserts.  Oh, and my Italian Roasted Veggies.

As promised to my soon-to-be-new-followers (right Erica?), here is the recipe for my Italian Roasted Veggies.

Italian Roasted Veggies
  • Dressing
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
    • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
    • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
    • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tbsp salt
    • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Veggies you want 
    • I included zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red onions, sweet peppers (green, red, orange and yellow), summer squash and some carrot
  • Chop up all of the veggies and place in a bowl.  In a separate bowl mix up the ingredients for the dressing.  Once mixed, pour the dressing into the veggies and stir.  Cover a baking sheet with foil and pour the veggies on top.  Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.  (Hint: you can keep the veggies marinating in the fridge until you are ready to bake.)
Truly, it was an awesome night!  We even went around the table and announced to the group what we were thankful for and it really shed some light on how lucky we are to have such great friends. 

Looking forward to many more Friendsgivings to come!


  1. What a nice gathering to have with close friends, I think I'm going to start a Friendsgiving holiday with my friends every year!! Thanks for the idea!!!

    1. Oh great - I love hearing that! You and your friends will enjoy it so much. Having it in January was nice because it seems to be a quiet month but you could really do it anytime of year when there is a lull. Enjoy!


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