Archive for February, 2010

A New Rendition of the Holiday!

February 25, 2010

A comment on our previous post that merits its own post:

Diane Kostecke Says:

Inspired by this web site and by meeting Jim and Becca at a recent book-signing, Febgiving was also celebrated by 11 revelers on February 20 in Madison, WI. No printed menus or customized shot glasses, but we all enjoyed our first attempt at this new holiday. Here are some pix of the meal we enjoyed:

Congrats, Diane! We hope the holiday becomes a tradition with you and your friends and family.


Febgiving Alpha and USA Photos

February 22, 2010

We’re proud to present some shots of the two Minneapolis Febgivings — Febgiving USA (Feb. 20) and Febgiving Alpha (Feb. 14). Attendance was great — 22 folks at Febgiving Alpha (including two from New York) and 25 at USA (including guests from Milwaukee, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Eau Claire.

Big thanks to Katie Cannon (of Minneapolis, who shot Febgiving USA) and Anne Kosseff (of NYC, who shot Febgiving Alpha) for their photography.

The Febgiving USA tablescape, featuring menu, Crispin bombers, and custom souvenir shot glasses.

The Febgiving plate. As per Katie’s notes: “Starting at 6 o’clock: sage dressing, sausage dressing, beets w/ chevre, roasted sweet potatoes, cabbage salad w/ lime vinaigrette, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, cheese grits souffle, sweet potatoes with bourbon, and int he middle is perfectly cooked turkey and a mushroom gravy – YUM!”

Left: The New Glarus beer flight station. Right: The souvenir Febgiving shot glass.

This year marked the international debut of Cornish Gamehenge, a triptych of three boned, stuffed, deep-fried Cornish game hens erected on hemispherical cabbage bases. The birds were delicious. Left: Jessica Forbess of San Francisco builds the triptych. Right: Host Becca Dilley presents it.

Sage dressing by Katie Cannon and Erica Mauter carving up her delicious Febgiving banana roll.

Left: Co-host Jim Norton surveys the tablescape. Right: A drink, and homemade pate brought by Nick and Liz Scheibel.

Right: Bennett Gordon quizzically displays a can of O2 (flavored oxygen) that circulated the party at one point. Left: Kyle Sommers removes Briscoe Dilley, the Febgiving Ambassador Cat, from Kate NG Sommers’s back.

Dessert! Starting at 6pm, clockwise: Cardamom bundt cake, banana roll, a Sweets Bakeshop macaroon, chocolate pecan pie, cherry cheesecake pie, “crack” pie, classic bourbon pecan pie.

For all of Katie’s terrific photos, visit her Flickr site. Now, on to Alpha, courtesy of Anne Kosseff!

Becca Dilley toasts the group.

Sweet potato-stuffed oranges.

Anne and Becca, together at the table!

Guests mingle as the turkey roasts.

Oh, and the menu for Febgiving USA, for the curious:

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cocktail Hour

House-infused Cranberry Vodka Tonics
Absolut Boston Black Tea Tonics
Flights of New Glarus Beer

Assorted Local Cheeses and Dried Fruit
French Pate by Ms. Elizabeth Mead Cavert Scheibel
Baguettes by Rustica


Turkey with Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce
Mushroom Gravy by Ms. Jessica Forbess
Sage Dressing by Ms. Katie Cannon
Cabbage Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette by Ms. Emily Nystrom
Old-School Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash Soup with Gorgonzola Cream by Ms. Laura Spencer
Pumpkin Bread Trains

and Featuring the International Debut of Cornish Gamehenge


Traditional Febgiving Banana Roll Cake by Erica and Missy
Buffalo Trace pecan pie
Vanilla Cardamom Bundt Cake by Kate and Kyle Sommers
Cordials and Whiskys Including Various Scotches and House-Made Root
Beer Schnapps


Febgiving Alpha: The Menu

February 16, 2010

Here’s the menu from our Feb. 14 “Febgiving Alpha” celebration. We’ll post another one after Feb. 20’s “Febgiving USA.”

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cocktail Hour

House-infused Cranberry Vodka Tonics
Pisco Sours by Ms. Amy Daml
and a special cocktail surprise concocted by Mr. Brady Clark

Assorted Local Cheeses and Dried Fruit
Local Charcuterie Platter


A Very Light Salad
Turkey with Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Relish by Ms. Miranda Wilson
Mashed Potatoes ala Becca
Sweet Potato Oranges
Nadine’s Potatoes by Ms. Ashley Pernitz
Pumpkin Bread Trains
Moroccan-Spiced Winter Squash Stew with Quinoa by the Kosseff-Kosseff-Jones Delegation
The Mastersons’ Mac and Cheese
Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese by Song and Robert E. Lee


Double Decker Apple-Pecan pie
Mocha Poached Pear Gingerbread Torte
Coconut Rice Pudding by Ms. Jolynn Choy-Blackstone
Cordials and Whiskys Including Various Scotches, Buffalo Trace, Black Currant Mead, and House-Made Root Beer Schnapps


Febgiving in the Star Tribune

February 16, 2010

We’re pleased as punch that our little holiday got some major-league ink. Kim Ode of the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a wonderful story on the Febgiving tradition that’s well worth a look.

A Fantastic Febgiving Invitation

February 12, 2010

Our New York City friends Tim and Abbey put together this gorgeous invitation for their upcoming Febgiving feast. Holy cow is it classy! It practically oozes style! At any rate, we’re very pleased to see NYC so brilliantly represented this year. Hopefully we’ll have photos to share from this and other Febgiving feasts. Locally, we’re gearing up for the first of our two Febgivings, the Feb. 14 Febgiving Alpha. (Febgiving USA is Feb. 20.)

Febgiving 2010: Are You Ready?

February 1, 2010

Febgiving 2010 is upon us in just two short weeks — Feb. 20 is this year’s official date, with Feb. 14 as a fully acceptable alternate. The good news is this: it takes just a few days to thaw and brine a turkey, and with a week’s notice, you can easily get a pile of guests over for a Febgiving supper to remember.

So get crackin’ on the invitations!

As per usual, we’ll share some photos and recipes with you in honor of this, America’s newest holiday.