This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws show up. Our friend Laura, who put together the menu said "I'm kind of a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’ve seen so many recipes and menus that try to re-invent Thanksgiving dinner, but I think they over do it and you just end up missing the traditional and real flavors of the season." Perhaps we'll try a turducken next year, but this year, we were happy to have enjoyed Laura's delicious sense of tradition. View more photos on our Flickr.