Ah, autumn. The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy and the nights are getting cold. The last harvest has come to the great north and all the fall colours are on display. While there’s some nostalgia for the summer that has passed, autumn magically brings back the spirit of cooking to the house. There’s a longing for the oven to be turned on and churning out one deliciously steamy dish after another. So here’s to autumn, baking and well, thanksgiving.

My room-mates, our friends, my cousin (who was visiting from out of town) and I had a truly epic thanksgiving. It was a huge combined effort with all of us tackling different duties and dishes: my cousin and I went to Jean Talon, one of Montreal’s big public markets for all the fruits and vegetables while Jo went on a grocery store run.

All combined, we made a kale and mushroom lasagna with butternut bechamel sauce, stuffing, gravy, roasted brussel sprouts, and a chocolate pumpkin swirl brownie. Our room-mates made roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, meatballs and pork roast. Then our guests brought all sorts of desserts… there was pumpkin pie, apple crumble, spicy cookies (soooo good!), cheesecake and ice cream. WOW. And also a bunchof kick-ass salads and a really delicious cranberry sauce.

“Nom nom nom nom”

So we hope your thanksgiving was as lovely and full of friends, food and all things autumn : ) I’ve posted all the links I think we used, two of them from our very own site!