Ours went very well. This year we decided to stay at home, and shared cooking duties with our next door neighbors. They hosted the event and provided the turkey, stuffing and some sides.
Appetizer - a small rack of lamb, herb crusted. This was probably my proudest moment; the lamb was tender, flavorful, perfectly cooked and the herb crust had a really nice texture. They were a hit across the board.
Side dish - curried sweet potatoes. Meant to be a compliment to the lamb. I was very happy with the dish but I didn't get much feedback on it.
Side dish - Pickled beet salad. Hand pickled roasted beets with frenched red onion, julienned and topped with blue cheese and chopped walnuts. I love that dish, but it wasn't a huge hit. Beets still scare people I guess.
Mashed potatoes - flavor and richness were spot-on, but I missed some lumps. Could have used another round with the beater.
2 breads; hand made dinner rolls and an asiago cheese boule. Many compliments on both.
I'm glad it's over; it was nice not having to cook everything, and I'm delighted with the decision to stay home this year.