Photo Tour of a Scrumptious Thanksgiving Feast On-Campus

Friday, November 29, 2013 by Maury Quijada

An unfortunate effect of going to college that’s a long way from home is the difficulty experienced when trying to go home for breaks and holidays. As a Marylander, going home for Thanksgiving (for three full days) would put me out ~$400 in airfare. And given how I’m going home for Winter Break in a mere three weeks, this didn’t make financial sense for me. So, after some deliberation, I decided to stay on-campus for Thanksgiving.

As much as I wanted to see my friends and family back home for Thanksgiving, I did not want to let my inability go home stop me from enjoying the holiday. So, some friends and I decided, in the spirit of companionship and thanks, to make a Thanksgiving potluck amongst the eight of us! One of my friends, Prudence, lives in Brighton Park, an off-campus apartment complex, and offered us her kitchen for use. With that, my friends spring boarded into action!

Everyone planned led the creation of at least one of these eleven dishes:

  • A 16 -to 20-pound turkey from Von’s (we named him Joey), with gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sautéed string beans with tomatoes, mushrooms
  • Potato salad
  • Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese
  • Noodle stir-fry with beef
  • Candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows
  • Boiled asparagus
  • 2 small pumpkin cheesecakes
  • 1 large sweet potato pie

With those plans in place, we decided to rent a DoS van to take us to Von’s and the Asian grocery store to get the necessities on Wednesday night. The next morning, we got to work. Over a series of nine hours, the ingredients we obtained were turned into a series of fantastic dishes. Thank you to all involved; you really are an awesome family of friends to have spent Thanksgiving with. Enjoy the photo tour of our Thanksgiving at Mudd!

As I longboard facing backward on the way to a DoS van we rented for the holidays, my friends give me funny faces.
As I longboard facing backward on the way to a DoS van we rented for the holidays, my friends give me funny faces.
Before grocery shopping, some of us stopped to eat In 'n Out, a famous burger chain throughout California.
Before grocery shopping, some of us stopped to eat In ‘n Out, a famous burger chain throughout California.

 

This is Joey, our turkey!
This is Joey, our turkey!

 

Our successful Von's trip! I'd like to point out that, buried underneath the white bags, we managed buy 15 pounds of potatoes.  I think it's safe to say that we're serious potato lovers.
Our successful Von’s trip! I’d like to point out that, buried underneath the white bags, we managed buy 15 pounds of potatoes. I think it’s safe to say that we’re serious potato lovers.
Joey, our 16-pound turkey, has begun to be seasoned to face his 4-hour fiery destiny.
Joey, our 16-pound turkey, has begun to be seasoned to face his 4-hour fiery destiny.
Two small pumpkin cheesecakes, ready for consumption!
Two small pumpkin cheesecakes, ready for consumption!
Joey, stuffed with apples, onions, and carrots, begins to take on his golden color.
Joey, stuffed with apples, onions, and carrots, begins to take on his golden color.
The large sweet potato pie cooling off. After asking my mom to make it for so many years, I finally had the opportunity to make it myself!
The large sweet potato pie cooling off. After asking my mom to make it for so many years, I finally had the opportunity to make it myself!
A friend uses a baster to drench Joey in its juices about half-way into the cooking.
A friend uses a baster to drench Joey in his turkey-juices about half-way into the cooking.
Another friend carries green beans and cherry tomatoes out, two ingredients for her dish, from the Hoch.
Another friend carries green beans and cherry tomatoes out, two ingredients for their dish, from the Hoch.
Candied sweet potatoes lay on the counter, waiting to be baked, while Joey takes his time in the oven.
Candied sweet potatoes lay on the counter, waiting to be baked, while Joey takes his time in the oven.
The beginnings of the noodle stir-fry with beef!
The beginnings of the noodle stir-fry with beef!
A friend strikes a pose while she dices some vegetables for the stuffing.
A friend strikes a pose while she dices some vegetables for the stuffing.
The stir-fry and asparagus in progress.
The stir-fry and asparagus in progress.
A pan of bread waiting to be heated in the oven. We likened this section of the pan to a diagonal matrix. #OnlyAtMudd.
A pan of bread waiting to be heated in the oven. We likened this section of the pan to a diagonal matrix. #OnlyAtMudd.
The Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese, with homemade cheese, waiting to be consumed! This, by _far_, is several notches above those instant cheese packets most usually eat.
The Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese, with homemade cheese, waiting to be consumed! This, by _far_, is several notches above those instant cheese packets most usually eat.
The final result: a table full of  delectable dishes made over a day of bonding, laughs, and camaraderie.
The final result: a table full of delectable dishes made over a day of bonding, laughs, and camaraderie.
Friends lounge around the apartment enjoying their hard work.
Friends lounge around the apartment enjoying their hard work.